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The end of the year is always an exciting time in the mobile industry because manufacturers want to get out their high end handsets before the holiday season rush and retailers are vying to attract your attention with low prices. Here are some of the best mobile phones released in recent weeks which you might want to buy.

For Android fans there is really only one smartphone to put on your wish list this year. That is of course the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first mobile to run Android 4.0 and feature a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED screen with a native 720p resolution. Its 1.2GHz dual core processor may sound a little underwhelming when compared to the 1.5GHz powerhouse found in the HTC Sensation XE or the quad core chips that are going to hit in 2012, but Google would not have chosen this handset as its flagship portal to Android 4.0 if it was not satisfied with the hardware.

Of course Apple aficionados will have been glued to the web trying to find out all of the details about the new iPhone 4S prior to its launch and now that it is here there is no reason not to upgrade. It may look almost identical to last year`s iPhone 4, but with a dual core processor, eight megapixel camera and Siri personal assistant software it is a worthy successor. In addition the iOS 5 operating system should make the process of updating the software and synchronising your data much simpler than it has been in the past.

Mobile users who want something a bit different will probably be interested in the Nokia Lumia 800. This runs Windows Phone 7.5, has a 3.7 inch AMOLED screen and a single core 1.4GHz processor onboard. It may not be quite as well endowed in the hardware department as the models from Apple and Samsung, but Windows Phone is designed to work seamlessly provided the components meet Microsoft`s minimum system requirements. An eight megapixel camera and a polycarbon unibody chassis help bring the Lumia 800 up and away from mid range rivals and although there are models like the HTC Titan which have bigger screens and Windows Phone too, this effort from Nokia is the best balance of form and functionality.

Although most mobiles could be classed as smartphones in the modern market, there are still feature phones which do a good job of catering to an audience with a specific need. The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active is one such mobile phone which launched recently. It has a relatively small touch screen display measuring three inches across and it features Sony Ericsson`s specially adapted version of Android, with an interface which makes the most out of the available space. However, its real trick is to resist dirt, dust, water and damage thanks to its rubberise rear, sturdy metal surround and strengthened glass front. For those who like to get active outdoors the Xperia Active could be an ideal companion.

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