THE BEST Cellphones

HTC HD mini

HTC HD mini

A downsized version of the drool-worthy HD2, HTC’s HD mini weighs in with a 3.2″ 320×480 touchscreen, WinMo 6.5.3 w/Sense UI, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 600 MHz CPU, and 5 MP camera.

HTC Legend

HTC Legend

Compared to the Desire, HTC’s Legend is a no-go with no 3G, but its aluminum body is a head-turner; it also sports Android 2.1, a 600 MHz CPU, optical trackpad, and 3.2″ AMOLED screen.

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HTC Desire

HTC Desire

HTC’s Desire/Bravo goes one-on-one with Google’s Nexus One (also HTC); it features a 3.7″ multitouch 480×800 AMOLED screen, 1 GHz CPU, 5 MP camera, and Android 2.1 w/Sense UI.

Motorola Cliq XT

Motorola Cliq XT

Motorola’s Cliq XT removes the Cliq’s slide-out QWERTY but adds an optical trackpad, 3.1″ multitouch screen, and Flash Lite; it also features 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 5 MP camera, and Android 1.5.

Samsung Wave

Samsung Wave

Samsung’s Wave makes waves by being the first Bluetooth 3.0 handset; the phone also features a 3.3″ AMOLED display, 1 GHz CPU, 5 MP camera, 720p video, and 802.11n Wi-fi.

LG Mini GD880

LG Mini GD880

Available March in Europe, LG’s Mini/GD880 phone ups the style ante with a 16:9 3.2″ touchscreen and a button-free face, 5.0 MP camera, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, Wi-fi, FM radio, and A-GPS.

Frank Miller Gelaskins

Frank Miller Gelaskins

Choosing a Gelaskin can be a bit like eating only one thing at a buffet, but we’d gladly dine in hell with Frank Miller; they now offer skins pulled directly from the pages of 300 and Sin City.

History of the Nexus One

History of the Nexus One

Apple’s not the only company that can do cool product videos: Google, HTC, and Audience engineers talk about the History of the Nexus One and also reveal two new docks.

Motorola Devour

Motorola Devour

Verizon subscribers finally get a taste of Motoblur-flavored Android with Motorola’s Devour; it’s a slide-out QWERTY phone with 3.1″ capacitive touchscreen, 3G, aGPS, and Bluetooth.

Sony Ericsson Aspen

Sony Ericsson Aspen

Part of Sony Ericsson’s eco-friendly Greenheart line, the Aspen is the first smartphone with WinMo 6.5.3 and features a full QWERTY, 2.4″ touchscreen, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3.2 MP camera.

Google Voice: iPhone/Pre

Google Voice: iPhone/Pre

Google Voice arrives on the iPhone and Palm Pre courtesy HTML5; you’ll need to access it via your browser, but outgoing calls will display on Caller ID with your Google Voice number.

Funny: Ninja’s Unboxing

Funny: Ninja’s Unboxing

Mixing assassins with Google’s Nexus One thankfully only results in a lot of shredded cardboard: Ninja’s Unboxing is a sharp warning to blister packs and shrink wrapping everywhere.

OtterBox Tandem Series

OtterBox Tandem Series

OtterBox’s Tandem Series is godsend for Palm Pre owners in search of a case: it features silicone-lined polycarbonate front and back shells that let you slide the screen smoothly.

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Lenovo Lephone

Lenovo Lephone

Lenovo’s China-only Lephone includes a snap-on keyboard a-la the Ideapad U1; the phone itself features a 3.7″ touchscreen, 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, and two cameras (one front-facing).

Palm Pre Plus/Pixi Plus

Palm Pre Plus/Pixi Plus

Available 1/25/2010 with Verizon, Palm doubles down with the Pre Plus (16 GB, no home button) and Pixi Plus (WiFi); both can also serve as 3G hotspots with up to 5 devices tethered.

Motorola Backflip Cellphone

Motorola Backflip Cellphone

Motorola’s Backflip is inside-out with both the keyboard and 3.1″ touch screen facing outwards; the 3G-capable phone runs Android 1.5 and includes WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 5 MP camera.

Google Nexus One

Google Nexus One

Google’s Nexus One is official: it’s available unlocked or via T-Mo/VZW and features a 3.7″ AMOLED touchscreen, 5 MP camera, video recording, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Android 2.1.

Concept: Floater Phone

Concept: Floater Phone

No, your phone is not haunted: Mac Funamizu’s Floater Phone concept features a curved bottom that lets it sit up by itself or wobble whenever it receives a call or text message.

Sony Ericsson Elm/Hazel

Sony Ericsson Elm/Hazel

Sony Ericsson’s Elm and Hazel are eco-friendly phones made from recycled plastics; each features a 5 MP camera, Wi-Fi, HSPA, a low-power charger, and minimal packaging.

Buy Sell Wallet

Buy Sell Wallet

Giant flip phones, two-line displays: Toddland revisits the 80s with this yuppie-friendly printed vinyl Buy Sell Buy Sell Wallet; it even comes with an antenna that extends and retracts.

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Squibble: Portable Braille

Squibble: Portable Braille

Andrew Mitchell’s Squibble Braille Interface concept features 779 ultrasonic motors to provide tactile and high contrast feedback; it’s designed to work with cellphones via Bluetooth.

Google Goggles

Google Goggles

Peek at the real world with Google Goggles; it’s a basic visual search for Android phones that can store business cards as well as ID books, art, businesses, and landmarks.

Perforated Snap Case

Perforated Snap Case

New at Incase: the Perforated Snap Case offers the best of both worlds, keeping your iPhone light and cool while still providing the scratch and drop protection of a regular hardshell case.

Zii Trinity Smartphone

Zii Trinity Smartphone

Zii’s Trinity is a 3.5G/4G phone that’ll run Android or Plaszma with drool-worthy specs: 3.1″ OLED multi-touch screen, 1080p out, front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3D graphics.

DIY: Touch Screen Gloves

DIY: Touch Screen Gloves

Ideal for folks living in chilly climes, Steve Hoefer teaches you how to make any pair of gloves touch screen-friendly: all you’ll need is a needle and about 12″ of conductive thread.

LG eXpo Smartphone

LG eXpo Smartphone

Available 12/7/09 at AT&T, LG’s eXpo targets road warriors with a detachable pico projector; the slider smartphone also features a 1 GHz CPU, 3.2″ touchscreen, and 5 MP camera.

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