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Hottest smartphones for the holidays

Smartphones are a hot holiday item, but with new devices coming out so frequently, it's hard to keep up with all the latest features and know what to pick for people on your holiday gift list.

The welcome news is that advanced technology increasingly means gaps are closing between smart devices. Still, it may be wise to think about how recipients will use the phone. Are they shutterbugs or movie junkies?

CNBC scoured the choices and talked with analysts to find the 10 best phones for every type of user.

—By Evelyn Cheng, Special to CNBC.com.
Posted 1 Dec. 2013

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