Happy Holidroid Contest: Photo Challenge


If you’re unsure what this whole “Holidroid Contest” thing is all about, be prepared to get excited. From November 24th through December 25th, Phandroid is giving away a Kindle Fire every single day along with other great prizes like the Galaxy Nexus Galaxy Tabs, JAMBOX, SmarTouch Gloves, Android Phones, Android T-Shirts, Seidio Vouchers and more. Read our announcement post for details.

Yesterday’s Winner

The winner of yesterday’s contest was user Vithi, who was tasked with finding the secret image and being the first person to correctly post their entry. Congratulations to them and all the awesome stuff we’ve won! We’ve got 10 days left in this thing so there are still plenty of chances to win. Let’s see what’s up for grabs today:

Amazon Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire could be this holiday’s hottest product: at only $199 it’s not only one of the most  affordable Android tablets, it’s also one of the best. That’s a killer combination. With a beautiful UI, great battery life, carefully curated apps/games, and an amazing array of media options thanks to Amazon’s Digital Content Ecosystem… the Kindle Fire is a sure win. Good luck winning one in our contest, but at only $199 it’s probably worth buying one just in case!


Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Everyone seems to be craving Samsung Android devices these days, and for good reason. Samsung makes some of the best hardware out there, coupled with great software integration, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great examples of Samsung’s industry leading products. This device was sponsored directly by Samsung, thanking our readers and forum members for their excitement, interest, and support over the past year. With an 10.1-inch screen, 1GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, MicroSD slot, camera that records in 720p HD, and screen that displays in HD, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a high end alternative to the Kindle Fire… and you can win BOTH in our contest!


Isotoner SmarTouch Gloves

Every single holiday season these SmarTouch smartphone gloves are consistently one of my favorite gift giving items. They eloquently solve one of the most fundamental problems a tech lover faces: using your device in cold weather. Wearing gloves usually prevents your touchscreen from working: take your phone out, take your glove off, use your phone, hand gets gold, shove phone in pocket, rush to get glove on. NO MORE! Isotoner’s SmarTouch gloves, designed in my colors and sizes for both men and women, has technology that passes the electrons your body gives off, through the gloves, onto the capacitive screen and allowing it to work. VOILA! Seriously. It works. Trust me. Try it… and you’ll love them forever.

Seidio $30 Voucher

With so much smartphone use comes battery drain. Thankfully, Seidio makes some awesome extended batteries that fit many smartphones, allowing you to get longer battery life with the same device. No more toting around a charger everywhere you go: just snag a Seidio and call it a day! Seidio also makes cases, holsters, and other great accessories for your smartphones.Check them all out here.

Andy Robot T-Shirt

True Android enthusiasts and tech lovers enjoy expressing their Android attitude and there is no better way to do so then with an Android Robot T-Shirt from the brilliant folks at iSteamAndy. They’ve created a series of artistic, creative Android Robot themed T-shirts with fun, rich imagery. They sell like hotcakes and have limited production runs so get each design while you still can. Some of their top designs (and ones we’re giving away) include: Dark Night AndyiSteam Andy,Flying AndyExploded AndyAndy Verus, and Unstoppable Andy. Check out


ZeeMote Bluetooth Game Controller

The Zeemote Bluetooth Game Controller compacts things into one comfortable, ergonomically sound gaming package. You use one hand and the controller has an analog stick with four action buttons on it. It’s a bit reminiscent of a Nintendo Wiimote – makes you wonder where the name was inspired from. There are many games in the Android Market already compatible with the Zeemote, including the popular title R-Type, and you may even be able to use it with some of your emulators. It goes perfectly with many Android devices, from 3.2 inch phones to 10.1 inch tablets. And if you want the ultimate gaming experience, Zeemote + Phone/Tablet + TV + HDMI-out = awesome.

Today’s Contest Rules/Regulations:

Most people should be just about done dressing their Christmas trees but we’re wondering if you guys could add one more ornament for us – a Phandroid ornament!

  • You have until 11:59 PM Eastern today to create a Phandroid ornament that features our logo. The ornament can be made out of anything – if it hangs on a branch of the Christmas tree it’s good enough for us!
  • Take a photo of the ornament hanging on the Christmas tree. The Phandroid logo should be clearly visible. (optional) Include a nice cheerful holiday smile if you want :)
    [ Ninja edit: any tree is a “Christmas Tree” if it has an ornament on it ~TVictory ]
  • To enter, you must post the photo in the comments section below (you may upload to Disqus or provide a link to an image). Only one entry per person.
  • The best ornament as chosen by Phandroid staff will win the contest.
  • Read our Full Official Rules for information about eligibility
  • This isn’t required but if you want to be nice… Visit by clicking here before you do your holiday shopping because you love us!

Looking for a great gift? Don’t forget about our Holiday Gift Guide!

Tomorrow’s Contest:

We’ll be giving away a Kindle Fire, Smartouch Gloves, $30 Seidio Voucher, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, a Jambox and a Zeemote. You never know when we’ll make our contest post so check back early and often!

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. First did i win!!!

      1. aww its gone. I guess you are first

  2. I got this one in the bag! So all other entries dont even try :P
    okay, you can try. You have about the same amount of chance as I do. :)

  3. this is my chance to score a galaxy tab 10.1

  4. Some of us don’t celebrate Christmas…so no tree

    1. Tons of trees outside, even in the city – zoom in and no one would know! :)

    2. I just Ninja edited to be clear, any tree is an “Christmas Tree” if it has an ornament on it.

  5. I have a brilliant idea for this one but it would require a decent camera other than my SII to take the picture :/ Damn it!

    1. Lemme guess… a long exposure where you spell out phandroid with light?

  6. oh this should be fun!!!!

  7. The structure of these contest are really confusing….makes no sense. They need to make this more organized on the website.

    1. I don’t know, I think that just makes it more fun.

  8. wow, this sucks! im Jewish and dont have a tree so i am automatically disqualified from this challenege because of my religion:( can you make an alternate assignment? not cool phandroid..

    1. I don’t celebrate Xmas Mitchmoney, but I intend to go somewhere there is an XMas Tree and hang one. You could do the same. 

    2. You can always make it hanukkah related. They’re last hidden photo was a droid with a Hanukiah.

  9. :o(  I don’t have a tree.

  10. Does anyone know who won the “Why should you win” video contest? I’m dying to know!

    1. They said yesterday they were still reviewing the ~600 entries.

      1. ok thanks for letting me know. I submitted a video. Here’s the link if you want to see it!

        1. Lol funny video

        2. Just so you know, that’s my favorite video of them all (except for mine, but I’m biased towards mine ;) ).

      2. Wonder if than we can assume that the 19 that were approved as video replies? made it to the next round? curious if they are going to email the winner first and than post it or post it and than email the winner, since i’ve never won anything from them not sure how they do it. than again doesnt matter since im on phandroid and my email all day every day lol.

        1. What’s funny is that those videos were all of the ones I found when searching for other people’s responses. Maybe those are the only ones that the owners made public?

    1. 403 forbidden when I tried to check it out… just a FYI

      1. Thanks, I reposted. I’d delete this post, but apparently I can’t.

  11. and suddenly my kid has a new assignment, quick cutout these images,,, ummm yea its for homework… what? no don’t worry…the little blue guy is an important american history figure… ummm… shhhhh just keep cutting daddys trying to get you a new android thingie so you’ll leave my phone alone…

    full tree…

    and for the zoomed in image…

  12. Since my first post went NOWHERE and was apparently deleted, let’s try this again!

    1. yep working much better… now if only you coulda picked an attractive ornament model…lol

    2. Either that’s a big phone & tree, or she’s a tiny hawt elf! (or you ‘shopped it! :)

    3. She has one arm?!?!

  13. Here’s my Samsung Galaxy Nexus ornament…pictures bad but the ornament ROCKS!

  14. Now where is a Hindu supposed to get a Christmas tree

    1. *Find a random tree
      *Hang an ornament 
      *You got a Christmas Tree

    2. Any tree with an ornament on it is a “Christmas Tree”

  15. I went with small scale…maybe Z scale? ;)

  16. BRB

  17. Made my kids some custom Phandroid gear and had them hang from a christmas tree branch!
    Don’t know how to upload 2 photos so i uploaded the 2nd one here.

    P.S. He is in fact smiling but has not teeth to shine yet.

  18. This was a fun contest!!!  In case you are wondering – that is a Charlie Brown tree with my ornament.  

    Some interpretation for my ornament – the Droid is holding a broken iPhone, and check out the “P” shape of the ornament.

  19. Got my Thunderbolt in May, so it really is his first Christmas.  :)

  20. Merry Christmas and good luck to us all! :)

  21. Here is my homemade, one-of-a-kind, Phandroid ornament! Look closely to see its fine details!

    1. oops, and here is an actual picture of it!

  22. This isn’t super fancy but, I hand made it enjoy you guys are awesome!

    1. color it in!

      1. My Kids trashed all the markers I wanted too.

  23. Here is my ornament.

    I made it sepcially for you and it is as blue, as Phandroid is. I hope you like it.

  24. Buddha wanted to be the smiling character in the picture :) Happy Holidays all!

  25. It’s made out of pipe cleaners, not great, maybe I can get an A for effort… (and I don’t have a tree :/)

    1. You need to hang it from a tree.

    Here is my droidflake…all hand made, I might add.

  27. Could definately use a TRUE android tablet, that is a HP Touchpad.

  28. What’s better than a phandroid logo on a MINI Cooper S. Not only is it a cool car, but if it wasn’t for that car, I would have never met my wife.

  29. Here is mine. 2 hours of work and a completely handmade ornament. What better than a Phandroid star on top of my tree! Happy Holidroid everyone!

  30. Merry Phandroid Christmas!!!  Here’s our entry.

  31. Everything was hand made, added a pic of all the things I used. Used a plain white paper to glue each piece on (his arms, ear, lil hands,his hat, and beard) :) it was fun but my hands are full of glue and glitter :P

    1. that’s awesome

      1. Thanks :D
        Took me a while drawing, cutting, and putting all the little pieces together. I’m glad someone liked it :)

  32. I guess you would call this an oxymoron. Phandroid on an Apple.

  33. My Phandroid Chistmas Tree Ornament…On a Christmas tree! ^_^, Good luck all!

  34. I know I entered please do not disqualify me as I could not figure out how to replace my photo I went and bought markers to fix:)Thank You

  35. So I don’t have a xmas tree at work, however i am making a tree for xmas so hung it on that.

    So the link is the “making of series” the image is the final.

    ps dbtabasco is my forum name, not sure why the face book name is showing up instead.

  36. I’m a firm believer these contests are rigged and the Phandroid employees only pick their friends and people they know win and keep the prizes, so I am not participating anymore.

    Since i’m not participating i’d just like to share the 2 ideas that I was going to do.

    The first one was of my own creation, and it was hanging a Cinder Block from my tree by a chain with a phandroid logo on the front.

    The second was a co-workers idea of taking my Christmas Tree outside and hanging it from another tree in my yard and then hanging the Phandroid sign from that.

    Would have been epic.

    Sorry Phandroid. I just don’t trust you anymore.

    Thanks for reading!

    1. Something tells me you are also a firm believer that the world will be ending in less than a year.

      1. Duh! I common sense there. Nostradamus predicted it so it must be true. On Dec 22, 2011 2:11 PM, “Disqus”

  37. Barbie’s a Phan!

  38. My ornament really has to be seen on video to truly be appreciated – the
    Phandroid logo changes colors (blue, red, green), snow falls in the background,
    and it plays Jingle Bells. It’s the perfect ornament for a true Phandroid

    Video Link:

  39. Resistance is futile!!!

  40. Here’s my entry made from a blue plastic bag a vitamin bottle a nerf ball some wrapping paper and a twist tie.

  41. The Mrs. Victorian style tree with the phandroid below the the angel.  She’s gonna cry!

  42. Hand Carved! would have made it a little better with more time but I’m on the west coast and have guests coming over tonight, my camera is no DSLR unfortunately but the pictures aren’t tooooo bad.

  43. My Phandroid ornament for my phaux tree..

  44. There shouldn’t be any reason I shouldn’t win with this. Phandroid if you see anything after this like mine, they copied me.

  45. Thank goodness for my Ckicket……….

  46. My 6 year old son drew this because he really wants a tablet for christmas!!!!!

  47. Here’s my handmade ornament entry! (It wasn’t as easy as I thought putting everything on the inside.)

  48. Computer Scientist married Artist and this is what was born…

    Quentyn: If you want this baked clay ornament to decorate your office, send us an address and we’ll ship it to you! Happy Holidroid!

    1. Congrats on winning (in advance :)

  49. My 6 year old son drew this because he really wants a tablet for christmas!!!!!

  50. Gingerbread Man Cutouts for Phandroid on my family’s Christmas tree. 

  51. My 6 year old son drew this because he really wants a tablet for Christmas.  

  52. Happy Holidays Guys!

    1. Here is my ornament 



  55. Close to 50 of the Phandroid logos decorating the tree!

  56. My ornament that I think should be made by Andrew Bell next year.

  57. Phandroid Snowman

  58. A new take on a reoccurring theme. Its bigger and placed in the most important spot, the top. (You see what I did there??)

  59. I didn’t have a “tree”, so I made one out of my Android devices :)


    Whew! Finally, my ornaman is ready. :-) Had fun doing this!
    Merry Christmas to you all!

  61. Here’s my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as an ornament. :)

  62. Nothing but the best…Swarovski crystal Phandroid ornament.

  63. Phandroid Rules!

  64. Chris Chavez,… wearing a V-neck… on an Android… on my Christmas Tree…  Merry Christmas Phandroid

    1. This is my personal top pick O_o

  65. Have a 3D christmas guys! I really want to win guys I hope everyone has the best christmas picking the winners cant be easy but good luck.

  66. Hi everyone,

    Great contest. My ornament is in a holder to highlight its “phandroidness.” Pictures are of my two baby android fanboys. Tree in the background. Have a great holidays and thanks for the great month long contest.

  67. here is my tree!!!!

  68. My mini tree..
    w/ air freshener :)

  69. Mine is full piece of paper cut outs stapeled together. The picture of me is to show its all one piece and all the pieces arent just sitting on the tree.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS and good luck to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. made with salt clay and a slow roast in the oven

  70. here it is, my ornament. 

    BTW it is hanging, if you look closer, you can see the rubber band i attached to the battery cover

  71. [URL=][IMG][/IMG][/URL]
    New to this.  Hope it works.
    It’s a paper balloon with a light inside.

    1. For fun, here’s a night pic of it.[URL=][IMG][/IMG][/URL]

  72. Anyone want a cookie? How about a Phandroid logo cookie on a Christmas tree?

    I completely homemade my own chocolate chip cookie (god I love chocolate chip cookies) Phandroid logo and individually hung each piece on my tree with candy canes as the droid’s antenna.

    Posted in the bottom is the final product and you can follow the link to see various steps in the process. (please let me know if the link does not work) The steps include the beginning of the end as I eat my awesome creation. :)

    1. ugh… too much cookie… feeling nauseous….

  73. The closest I could get without having a real tree.  Enjoy!

    1. And a close up of the “ornament”.

  74. No tree here, so the odds of winning are probably close to nil, but we have xmas lights(!) plus some creative thinking(!) to try and have some fun with it anyway. :)

    I present to you… the geekiest xmas tree of them all — A Christmas *Filesystem* Tree — and hanging from its “branch” is a magical Phandroid ornament made out of bee-you-tee-ful *ASCII* art.

    The first image is zoomed in on the text tree just a bit to show that it was even created with a “tree” command. No rules have been broken here, folks! :)

    1. That is freaking awesome!!!! Two Thumbs up

  75. My Blackberry wont load without crashing so it is not good for much more than a Christmas tree ornament anyway – thanks for the idea Phandroid! Hopefully I’ll get an Android device under the tree and be reading the Phandroid blog on the go again. Merry Christmas.

  76. Here is my ornament made from a belt buckle I bought yesterday for my birthday! Maybe a family member of Andy! Lol. Happy holidays all!

  77. Here is my handmade ornament.
    Its a light bulb. The bottom of it is water marblelized, don’t know if you can see it that good. Its filled with cotton and also has cotton wings and glitter.

    1. i name it the phandroid angel :)

  78. This is what keeps me from losing it while I’m at work..hahaha

  79. It’s amazing how I have ~20 pieces of glitter on the little tree, and like 50 on me. Glitter is truly the herpes of craft supplies :( Also, I don’t celebrate Christmas, so you’ll just have to settle for a branch of a fake tiny tree.

  80. Getting crafty for a Fire… (I do believe in Santa Claus, I do believe in Santa Claus!)

  81. wow.. this took me some time lol..
    My ornament is a Santa Android (Phanta Clause?)
    using ‘moon dough’, and paper clips
    white twist tie pieces for the eyes
    with a little burlap sack (my cat’s cat nip bag)
    and a little cotton ball beard  :)

    Happy Holidroid Everyone!

    1. (not a 2nd entry just a second view of my ornament from the back)
      since things look like they’re almost floating.
      but it’s all supported w/one hanger to the tree.
      the paper clips are holding it all together from the back.

  82. My entry- laser cut acrylic Phandroid robot (and snowflake)

    Sorry for the low quality pic but I don’t have any good cameras!

    1. You certainly have a nice VersaLASER, though

      1. Thanks but I actually got it from Full Spectrum Engineering.

  83. Wow took longer than I thought. The hard part was counterbalancing the ornament so that andy wouldn’t be sideways. Also I don’t have a christmas tree, so the oak outside my deck is all I could find. Winning would be the best holiday gift ever!

    1. I hope the phandroid trademark andy wink counts as the logo being clearly visible.

  84. I call this the Happy Holidroid Ornament ;-)

  85. Almost didn’t get this in, lol.  It was fun making the Santa hat and beard.

    I present to you, Phanta Claus!

    (Disqus mutes the colors a bit.  Here’s how it really looks – )

  86. I should at least get Points For being the Biggest Phandroid Ornament :) :)

    Not Bad considering i just saw todays contest post a little over 30 Min ago :P

  87. Scratch that last post I forgot to upload the images. The ornament below is my Happy Holidroid Ornament!!!!

  88. Custom Made and Designed Phandroid Ornament (as a Reindeer!).

    He even has a glowing RED Nose!

    His legs dangle and he even has accessories (like an Angry Birds banner…cut off of a gummy worm box…)

    ALL PARTS ARE FROM THE OFFICE (hot glue was tacked on when I got home).
    – 4x paper clips 
    – 1 red LED 
    – Printed out 
    – Cardboard
    – Glue Stick (to attach the picture to cardboard
    – 2 push pins
    – Hot glue (if you want it to stay together better than tape). 
    – 1 AAA Battery too on power low to run your mouse. 
    – 1 used coffee straw heated using a hair dryer and molded into a candy cane. 

    This takes less than 30min to make and its somewhat eco friendly….

  89. I used a router to to cut the image out of 1/4 inch plexi glass and then put a silver frame around it and blue leds on the top and bottom and conected them to a battery pack to make it glow. took about 3 hours to make. And yes my christmas tree already had blue lights on it. 

  90. Deep V Andy

  91. Pick mine pleeeeeeeeeease!!!!!


  93. Shit just got real.

    No better way to ruin an Apple than with a Phandroid logo!

  94. ——

    3D, that’s right, THREE dimensional Phandroid ornament!

    This picture frame ornament comes with the necessary red and green lenses to be able to appreciate the 3D effect of the picture.  You put the green and red lenses up to your eye and BAM, the Phandroid logo is literally IN YOUR FACE.

    One of a kind can certainly mean that it’s special, but it’s probably not THREE dimensions special!

    *This was actually tough to put together, had to find everything from what I had on hand at work.


  95. Here is the story about this airplane.  I made this plane some time ago after i got inspired from seeing this man selling some also, his looked way better and cooler, but i get the satisfaction knowing that i made my with my own hands.

    Here you see Phandroid touring this tree!1st pic is the driver, htc ^^
    2nd pic is that daredevil advertising Phandroid
    3rd and on is different angles of the final version
    good luck all!

  96. Hmm, strangely the EXIF data of my pictures is weird and is dated 2002. =

  97. Origami Android! No tape/glue/cutting involved, save for the tape holding on the Phandroid sign :)

    1. For anyone interested, the origami design, created by Gerwin Sturm, can be downloaded here:

  98. here’s to hoping

  99. With logo

  100. This is what I came up with.  I made it out of pink insulation foam.  Here is to wishing!

  101. two pics of the same ornament.kept it nice and simple :)

  102. With Logo – Sorry for the multiple post, was trying to post the second picture with logo.

  103. After hours of fighting with sculpty and glue… here we go! Crossing fingers!!!

    Someone caught Andy under the mistletoe!!!

    1. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to upload all the photos in time… so I uploaded some additional shots of “kissing Andy” to my Picasa… Enjoy!

      1. Pss… That is my version of my :smiling” face in the photo… lol

  104. In honor of bringing the troops home from Iraq in time for Christmas I taped together a bunch of soldiers. Cool, huh?!

  105. Here is my Phandroid RSS Feed ornament.  My trusty G1 has been brought out from the depths of my junk box and repurposed to provide continues feed of all the Phandroid googness.
    And a bonus video showing it in action:

  106. baby android
    And it is BORN!!!

    1. i know it says hang by tree but its right next to it on table and its too heavy to hang. So hope it counts 

  107. Well, this is my attempt. It seems like a good idea but it didn’t turn out all that well. Do I get brownie points for creativity? ;)

    BTW, in the upper left of the first one was basically just me sticking a logo on the tree (i.e. what I was initially going to do). =p

  108. My ornament.

  109. Woops, forgot to attach the image. (it’s the post below)

    If you can’t tell — my tree is rooted. :)

  110. This is awesome!!!

    1. I tried really hard on this one. This is where it began.

  111. Literally, at the last second!!  :)

  112. Noooooooo! I swear I posted the link 5 hours ago with a note and everything! I HIT THE BUTTON DANG IT. oh well… there goes the afternoon, here’s the link that should have been there sooner or hopefully I just failed to find my own post… and browser search didn’t find my handle…

    1. uh disregard, it made it in after all :embarrassed:

  113. Its a phandroid tree elf

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