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Free: Lightsaber Unleashed

Free: Lightsaber Unleashed

Pulled once by Apple, iPhone app Phonesaber is now back and fully legal. Renamed Lightsaber Unleashed, it’s being offered for free to promote The Force Unleashed.

T-Mobile G1

T-Mobile G1

T-Mobile’s G1 phone is the first with Google’s Android OS. It has single sign-on for Gmail, YouTube and more, Amazon’s DRM-free MP3s, and HSDPA + EDGE; the U.S. gets it on 10/22.

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Concept: BRIX

Concept: BRIX

Microsoft’s Zune may let you share songs, but this BRIX concept by Seokwon Hong proposes sharing multiple BRIXs to form an impromptu viewscreen; family plan, anyone?

HTC Touch HD

HTC Touch HD

The HTC Touch HD is video-centric cellphone, with a gorgeous 3.8″ WVGA screen, front-facing VGA camera, and 5 MP camera on the back. Note: the 3G speeds are for Europe only.

iPhone Cupcakes

iPhone Cupcakes

The iPhone has always been delicious, but these cupcakes by Nick and Danielle Bilton really take the cake. They won Ignite NYC’s Cupcake Decorating contest last night.

HTC Touch 3G

HTC Touch 3G

HTC’s Touch 3G is the successor to their original Touch, and uses their next-gen TouchFLO interface for improved feedback. It sports a 2.8″ screen, 3G JSDPA and 3.2MP camera.

Motorola i576

Motorola i576

What Motorola’s i576 cellphone lacks in looks, it makes up for with ruggedness. Military certified for dust, shock, vibration and extreme temps, it also includes Bluetooth and GPS.

Sony Ericsson G705

Sony Ericsson G705

Sony Ericsson’s sexy G705 slider phone is coming Q1 2009 to the States, and will get tri-band 3G and YouTube compatibility. Also: auto-rotating screen orientation and a built-in GPS.

LG Lotus

LG Lotus

LG’s Lotus is like a cellphone-ized version of the last gen Nano, with a squat clamshell design, full keyboard, 2MP camera and stereo bluetooth. It’ll be available with Sprint in October.

HTC Touch Pro

HTC Touch Pro

Available 10/19 at Sprint, the HTC Touch Pro is an S740 and Diamond all-in-one, with quadband 3G, a 2.4″ touchscreen, slide-out keyboard, Wi-Fi and a 3.2MP camera.

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

BlackBerry fans rejoice: RIM’s Pearl Flip 8220 (formerly Kickstart) will be available to T-Mobile customers this fall. It’s a quad-band 3G phone with a 320×240 display and Wi-Fi.

TAG Heuer Meridiist

TAG Heuer Meridiist

A 1.9″ QVGA display and 2 MP camera aren’t anything special for a cellphone, but the Meridiist’s $5k pricetag comes from its crocodile leather back and hand-brushed stainless steel keypad.

LG KC910 Renoir

LG KC910 Renoir

LG has unveiled the KC910 Renoir, a sleek successor to its Viewty cellphone. It sports a spacious 3″ touchscreen, 8 megapixel camera and 3G HSDPA; it’ll be available 10/08.

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Nokia E66 NAM

Nokia E66 NAM

Nokia’s E66 NAM is now available at Nokia flagship stores (and for preorder online). The cellphone is wrapped in stainless steel and gets quad band GSM + dual band WCDMA.

Sony Ericsson C905

Sony Ericsson C905

Sony Ericsson’s C905 Cyber-Shot is packed to the gills: it features an 8.1 MP camera, geo-tagging, accelerometer, GPS and Wi-Fi. All this, plus quad-band support and an FM radio.

Nokia N79

Nokia N79

The 2.4″ QVGA screen is lackluster, but the Nokia N79’s swappable Xpress-On covers will appeal to style hounds; the 5 MP Carl Zeiss lens and FM transmitter are icing on the cake.

Nokia N85

Nokia N85

Nokia’s N85 is N96’s media-oriented sibling; while smaller, the 2.6″ screen is a bright AMOLED display. Also includes an FM radio, 8GB microSD card, 5 MP camera and 10 N-Gage games.

HTC S740

HTC S740

If there’s one thing the HTC S740 isn’t lacking, it’s buttons. The cellphone borrows heavily from the HTC Touch Diamond, albeit with a slide-out keyboard; it will run Windows Mobile 6.1.

Nokia N96

Nokia N96

The Nokia N96 slider cellphone will arrive in the US 4Q 2008; it will be able to handle US 3G networks. Unfortunately, no carrier will pick it up, meaning you’ll have to foot the bill.

LG KC910

LG KC910

LG’s KC910 is more camera than phone; it’s giant 8 MP camera has Schneider Kreuznach lens and max ISO 1600. Also: quad-band GSM, 3.2″ touch screen and TV-out.

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3 Skypephone 2

3 Skypephone 2

Thought not available in the US, the 3 Skypephone 2 is a worthy successor to last year’s model, with a 3.2 megapixel camera and HSDPA connection. The brushed aluminum ups the style ante, too.

Sony Ericsson TM506

Sony Ericsson TM506

Although the Sony Ericsson TM506 isn’t bad looking, it ‘s an otherwise unremarkable phone except for one major feature: it’s the first to offer 3G speeds for T-Mobile customers.

Sony Ericsson W350a

Sony Ericsson W350a

New for AT&T Wireless: Sony Ericsson’s W350a Walkman fliphone is a budget entry with so-so build quality. For the money, however, you can’t beat the beautiful display and stereo bluetooth.

Samsung Omnia Unboxing

Samsung Omnia Unboxing

Samsung proves it knows what it’s doing in the viral video department; this unboxing video for its upcoming Samsung Omnia phone pokes fun at bloggers, yet still left us in stitches.

Palm Treo Pro

Palm Treo Pro

Leaked twice over, Palm inadvertently launched the Treo Pro Tuesday. The new Treo will be the first to get tri-band 3G (HSDPA). We like the simplified design and flush touchscreen, as well.

Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte

Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte

Nokia has released the Carbon Arte, an ultra-premium version of their popular 3G 8800 slider phone. The bulk of the cost: carbon fiber, polished glass, titanium and stainless steel.

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