Jim Rossman: A gift-giver's guide to new cellphones, accessoriesDecember 11, 2019 5:46pm

Dec. 10-- I remember my first cellphone. It was housed in a bag I had to carry over my shoulder, and it weighed several pounds.

I also remember that my plan included 30 minutes of talk time each month, and there was no such thing as texting or cellular data. This was back in the early 1990s.

These days I carry an iPhone, and I can't help but marvel at its capabilities.

Here are some gift ideas for those on your list who might need a new phone or just something to enhance their current one.

-iPhone 11 Pro

What is it? This is Apple's newest iPhone, but it's not the biggest. The iPhone 11 Pro isn't cheap, but I think it has the best camera you can get on a phone, and for most people, it will be the best camera they've ever owned. The new ultra-wide lens will give your pictures a new perspective.

Oh, and it's a darn good step up from iPhones of the past.

Who is it for? Anyone who has an iPhone 8 or older should give this one serious consideration.

What does it cost? Starts at $999

Where can I get it? Apple stores, Best Buy or any major cellphone carrier

-Samsung Galaxy Fold

What is it? This is the Android phone that will turn everyone's heads. It sounds gimmicky, but the screen on the Galaxy Fold is straight up fantastic. Time will tell whether Samsung's design changes will help with longevity. The price is going to scare some people, but the Fold has top-level features and it comes with a pair of Galaxy Buds (wireless Bluetooth earbuds).

Who is it for? The Fold probably won't be Samsung's best seller, but if you want the latest and greatest, the Fold is it.

What does it cost? $1,979.99

Where can I get it? Best Buy, Samsung, AT&T

-OnePlus 7T

What is it? The OnePlus 7T has been called the best Android phone value, and I agree. It has a great screen and the fastest CPU you can find, and it's very fast charging. This is a phone that has high-end features and speed with a price that won't make your eyes water.

Who is it for? If $1,000 phones are not your thing, the OnePlus 7T should be on your radar.

What does it cost? $599

Where can I get it? OnePlus.com, T-Mobile

-Google Pixel 4

What is it? Android purists should run to the Pixel 4-it's Google's flagship handset designed to show off the Android operating system. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Pixel has some of the best cameras available, especially for shooting at night.

Who is it for? Pure Android is a joy to use. Anyone on the Android side of the fence would love the Pixel 4 or the larger Pixel 4 XL.

What does it cost? Starts at $799, but look for holiday sales

Where can I get it? Best Buy, Google or any cellphone company

-Apple AirPods Pro

What is it? Apple's newest AirPods Pro have a different form factor. They are smaller and have silicone tips that form a seal in your ear canal. They also have active noise canceling and sound great. And they have Transparency mode to help you hear what's going on around you. All that, and the batteries will last for 4.5 hours on a charge.

Who is it for? This is the hottest gift of the holiday season. Everyone would be happy with these.

What does it cost? $249. I've seen them on sale, but they might be hard to find

Where can I get it? Apple stores, Best Buy, Target

-IntelliARMOR Leather AirPods Case

What is it? I don't know about you, but my original AirPods case is pretty scratched up. I've been looking for a cover for it and the Leather AirPods case from IntelliARMOR is a really nice one, plus it has a hook so you can clip it to your bag when the AirPods are in your ears.

Who is it for? Anyone with AirPods (not AirPods Pro)

What does it cost? $29.99

Where can I get it? T-Mobile

-CaseMate Ear Hooks for AirPods

What is it? If there is one main complaint about AirPods, it is they don't fit tightly in the ear. They are designed to sit in your ear, but some people find they fall out, especially when they run or exercise. These hooks fit on each AirPod and help keep them securely in your ears. Note that you will need to remove them to put the AirPods back in the case to charge.

Who is it for? Active folks with ears that can't hang onto their AirPods.

What does it cost? $9.99

Where can I get it? T-Mobile

-RAVPower USB-C Charging Station Filehub

What is it? We all need a place to charge our devices, usually a USB port. This charger has enough ports to keep your whole family charged up.

The USB-C Filehub has four standard USB ports and one USB-C port for charging as well as a separate USB data port to connect a hard drive or flash drive. You can download an app to configure a backup to happen each time you connect your phone or tablet.

Who is it for? We all need a place to charge, and this charger lets you back up your photos and contacts as well.

What does it cost? $39.99

Where can I get it? Amazon

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Jim Rossman writes for The Dallas Morning News. He may be reached at jrossman@dallasnews.com.

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