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Smartphones

LG V10

LG V10

The LG V10 has a gimmicky ticker screen above its 5.7″ 1440p IPS screen, but the rest of the phone looks solid: it has the G4’s 16MP rear camera, a scratch-resistant back cover, a 32-bit DAC and the magic words: a removable battery and a microSD slot.

Google Nexus 5X & 6P

Google Nexus 5X & 6P
$379-$649  Buy Link Comment

The LG Nexus 5X has a 5.2″ 1080p screen, 2GB RAM and 16GB-32GB storage. The Huawei Nexus 6P on the other hand has a 5.7″ 1440p screen, 3GB RAM and 32GB-128GB storage. Both have a 12MP camera, USB Type-C charging port and Android 6 Marshmallow.

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Cellphone Signal Life Hacks

Cellphone Signal Life Hacks

King of Random’s video was sponsored by weBoost, but it’s educational and does have a few practical tips. Learn about the basics of cellular networks, a tool to help you track signal strength, gadgets that improve your reception and more.

iPhone 6S/6S Plus

iPhone 6S/6S Plus
$649+  Buy Link Comment

The 4.7″ iPhone 6s and 5.5″ 6s Plus have a pressure-sensitive touchscreen that enables more input options. It also has a 12mp rear camera that can take 4K videos, the new, faster A9 processor and a stronger aluminum case. Preorders start 9/12.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

The Z5 Premium has a 5.5″ 4K display, which is such overkill that the media and even Sony’s own people can’t tell the difference between it and a 1080p screen. That said, it does have a 2-day battery life, 23MP camera, and waterproof and dustproof body.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The king of phablets returns with a steel and glass case. The Galaxy Note 5 has Qi charging and even more stylus and productivity features, like taking notes while the screen is locked. It’s got 2x the memory, but sadly its microSD slot is gone.

OnePlus 2

OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 has a 5.5″ 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 810 CPU, 4GB RAM, a 13MP camera that takes 4K videos, a fingerprint sensor and two SIM slots. $329 for 16GB and $349 for 64GB. Now if we can only get our hands on one.

Motorola Moto X Style/Pure

Motorola Moto X Style/Pure

Motorola’s new flagship phone has a 5.7″ 1440p display, a fast Snapdragon 808 CPU, 3GB RAM, a microSD slot and a 21MP rear camera that takes 4K/30fps and 1080p/60fps videos. The Pure is the unlocked version of the Style.

Marshall London Smartphone

Marshall London Smartphone

An Android 5 smartphone for audio enthusiasts. Specs include: two front-facing speakers, dual 3.5mm outputs, a Wolfson WM8281 sound chip, a global equalizer, 4.7″ IPS 720p screen, 8MP camera, removable battery and microSD slot.

Fairphone 2

Fairphone 2

The second version of the responsibly manufactured smartphone is more durable and easier to repair. Its screws are labeled and its main components have their own modules. Available this summer for ~$600. More here.

Sony Xperia Z3+

Sony Xperia Z3+

The Xperia Z3+ is just as waterproof as its predecessors but now has a capless USB port. It has a 5.2″ 1080p IPS display,  64-bit Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3GB RAM, 20.7 MP rear camera and 5MP wide angle front camera.

Lenovo Smart Cast Concept

Lenovo Smart Cast Concept

Lenovo’s Smart Cast is a proof-of-concept smartphone that has a built-in laser projector. When used with the phone’s infrared sensor, the projection becomes interactive, similar to a laser keyboard.

LG G4

LG G4
$200  Buy Link Comment

The LG G4 has a 1.8GHz 6-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage with microSD slot, a 5.5″ 2560×1440 display and an impressive 16mp camera with an f1.8 lens, laser autofocus and color sensor. Offers a variety of rear panels too.

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Google Project Fi

Google Project Fi

Project Fi is Google’s upcoming mobile phone plan. It will automatically switch between free Wi-Fi hotspots or to Sprint or T-Mobile’s LTE networks for the best connection. You’ll get a refund for any unused data in your monthly plan.

HTC One M9

HTC One M9

For the second straight year, HTC decided to make minor cosmetic changes to its flagship phone. Inside, the HTC One M9 has an 8-core Snapdragon 810 CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage with microSD slot and a 20mp rear camera.

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

The S6 and S6 Edge both have metal frames, Gorilla Glass 4 on the front and back and a crazy 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display. They also have a 16mp rear camera with optical image stabilization and support for wireless charging.

LG G Flex 2

LG G Flex 2

The curved and scratch-resistant smartphone returns with a smaller size and better specs. The G Flex 2 has a 5.5″ 1080p screen, Snapdragon 810 CPU, 2GB/3GB RAM and a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization.

BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry Classic
$450  Buy Link Comment

The successor to the Bold 9900, the BlackBerry Classic has a 3.5″ touchscreen, the dependable BlackBerry keyboard and trackpad, an 8MP rear camera and access to both BlackBerry World and the Amazon App Store. Skip to 2:34.

YotaPhone 2

YotaPhone 2
~$870  Buy Link Comment

The YotaPhone 2 turns its E-ink screen from a gimmick into a genuinely useful feature. Its monochrome rear display is now touch-enabled and can mirror the main display. It’s already out in Europe and drops in US and Asia in Q1 2015.

Motorola Droid Turbo

Motorola Droid Turbo

Sitting in between the new Moto X and the Nexus 6, the Droid Turbo has a crazy 5.2″ 2560×1440 AMOLED display backed up by a 3900 mAh battery. It also has a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 CPU and 3GB RAM. Coming to Verizon on 10/30.

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Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

Unofficially the Moto X’s big brother, the Nexus 6 has a 5.96″ 2560×1440 AMOLED display, a 13mp rear camera with optical image stabilization, a 3220mAh battery and will be one of the first devices to launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Ultrasound Gesture Recognition

Ultrasound Gesture Recognition

A couple of years from now, you won’t need to touch or talk to your phone to interact with it, thanks to Elliptic Labs. The company came up with a technology that uses ultrasound to detect gestures made around a device.

BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry Passport
$599  Buy Link Comment

As large as an actual passport, the Passport a 4.5″ 1440×1440 touchscreen and a physical keyboard that doubles as a trackpad. It also has a 3,450mAh battery and access to the Amazon Appstore. More here.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1

The CM1 is an Android smartphone with optics on par with high-end point and shoots. It shoots 4k video, has a 1″ 20mp image sensor, an f/2.8 Leica lens, a mechanical shutter, and a manual focus ring. Drops in Europe first for ~$1,200.

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
$199++  Buy Link Comment

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both have the new 64-bit A8 CPU, an improved 8MP camera and NFC, which is required for Apple Pay. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7″ 1334×750 display, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5″ 1920×1080 display.

2014 Motorola Moto X

2014 Motorola Moto X

The second generation Moto X has a 5.2″ 1080p display, a 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, a 13MP rear camera, a customizable voice prompt, a metal frame and even more back plate designs, including new leather options.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Note 4 has a 5.7″ 2560×1440 Super AMOLED screen, a 2.7GHz quad-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 16mp rear camera and a (real) metal frame. It also lets you resize and minimize app windows and drag-and-drop content between apps.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

A variant of the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge has a narrow, curved display bar that provides quick access to notifications, shortcuts and widgets. But it can also be personalized, and developers will be able to add to its functions.

HTC One M8 Windows

HTC One M8 Windows
$100  Buy Link Comment

The exact same HTC flagship model that was released earlier this year for Android, but with Windows Phone 8.1. The HTC One M8 still has its beloved metal unibody, 5″ 1080p display and dual front speakers. Exclusive to Verizon.

Sharp Aquos Crystal

Sharp Aquos Crystal

The Aquos Crystal has a nearly edge-to-edge 5.5″ 720p screen. The Sprint exclusive has a 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage and a microSD slot. We hope its high-end variant makes its way outside Japan as well.

Amazon Fire Phone

Amazon Fire Phone
$199-$649  Buy Link Comment

Powered by a Snapdragon 801, the Fire Phone’s dynamic perspective lets you interact by tilting your head or the phone. It also identifies objects or barcodes for ease of purchase or rental. Has a 4.7″ 720p display and a 13MP f2.0 camera.

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