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Smartphones

LG’s Self-Healing Smartphone

LG’s Self-Healing Smartphone

These impressive demonstrations of the self-healing coating and durability of LG’s G Flex smartphone with a curved display will probably make you as sad as we were to find out it’s only being released in South Korea for now.

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

If the Moto X is a top-tier phone with a mid-range price, the Moto G is a mid-range phone with an entry-level price. It has a 4.5″ 720p screen, a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 5mp rear camera. It will go for just $179-$199 unlocked.

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Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5

Google cuts out the middleman and the mid-range smartphone tier with the new Nexus 5. It has a 5″ 1080p screen, LTE, a quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, 8mp camera and runs on the new Android 4.4 KitKat.

Motorola Project Ara

Motorola Project Ara

When Dave Hakkens presented his idea for a modular smartphone, naysayers said it couldn’t be done. Well, it turns out Motorola – i.e. the Google-owned company that invented the cellphone – is working on a very similar device.

DIY Smartphone Microscope

DIY Smartphone Microscope

Everyday objects can become a lot more interesting when observed at the microscopic level. Why not give this project by kmyoshino a try and turn your smartphone into a digital microscope with materials costing just $10.

HTC One Max

HTC One Max

A super-sized version of the HTC One, the HTC One Max has a huge 5.9″ 1080p screen and a fingerprint sensor at the back for unlocking the phone. It still has the same CPU, RAM, UltraPixel camera, stereo speakers and aluminum body.

iPhone 5C

iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5C has a glossy polycarbonate case that comes in five colors: green, blue, yellow, pink and white. It has the same specs as the iPhone 5, except it has a slightly larger battery, an improved LTE antenna and Facetime camera.

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

The 5S comes in slate, silver or champagne tinged aluminum, bests the iPhone 5 with a 64-bit A7 processor, 2x CPU/GPU speed, 15% larger image sensor, multi-hue LED flash, 120fps slow-mo video, and fingerprint authentication.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7″ 1080p AMOLED screen, a 13mp rear camera, either a 2.3GHz quad-core or hybrid octa-core (1.9GHz quad + 1.3GHz quad) CPU, 3GB RAM and new features that makes its stylus even more useful.

Pressy for Android

Pressy for Android

A small button that plugs into the headphone jack of your Android device. Use the Pressy app to set a variety of actions like taking pictures or changing a setting that you trigger by pressing Pressy once or twice.

Omate Watch Phone

Omate Watch Phone

The Omate is a wristwatch and smartphone that’s significantly cheaper than its major competitors. It runs Android 4.2, has a dual core CPU and 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Omate is also waterproof and dustproof.

LG G2

LG G2

The LG G2 runs Android 4.2.2 and has a 5.2″ 1080p screen, a 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, 13mp rear camera and LTE. Software features include a guest mode and an “audio zoom” option when recording video.

Motorola Moto X

Motorola Moto X

The Motorola Moto X runs Android 4.2.2 and has a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage, 4.7″ 720p screen, 10mp rear camera and LTE connectivity. Its back plate and accents come in a variety of colors.

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Ubuntu Edge

Ubuntu Edge

A cutting edge smartphone that will run on the new Ubuntu for Phones operating system: it has a mobile interface, but if you dock the phone you’ll get to use the full Ubuntu desktop OS. Software overview video here.

Nokia Lumia 625

Nokia Lumia 625

An enticing midrange phone, the Lumia 625 is a Windows Phone 8 device with a 4.7″ screen, 4G connectivity, 5mp camera and LED flash. It also comes with unlimited ad-free streaming on Nokia Music. Available Q3 2013 for about $290.

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020

The Lumia 1020 has a 41-megapixel camera sensor and a Xenon flash. Its version of Windows Phone 8 comes with a special camera app that lets you adjust focus, shutter speed, white balance and more. Demo here.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony revives the phablet wars with the Xperia Z Ultra. If nothing else, this Android phone is a marvel of engineering: a 6.4″ 1080p screen in a 6.5mm thin body (the iPhone 5 is 7.6mm thin). It’s also waterproof with LTE and NFC support.

Fairphone

Fairphone

Spec-wise, the Fairphone is a typical midrange Android smartphone. But the company behind it prides itself in having a conflict-free, fair and just manufacturing process that respects people and the environment.

Sony Xperia ZR

Sony Xperia ZR

The Xperia ZR can be used in up to 4.9 ft. of fresh water for up to 30 min., long enough to shoot HD video or even check your email underwater – though you might need swim goggles to see the screen.

Nokia Lumia 928

Nokia Lumia 928

A Verizon exclusive, the Lumia 928 Windows phone is for people who love shooting videos and photos. Has an 8.7mp camera, xenon flash and image editing features. It also has a 4.5″ 1280 x 768 screen, NFC and wireless charging.

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LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

The LG Optimus G Pro has a 5.5″ 1080p screen, 1.7GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM and 13mp camera. Features include dual video recording, multitasking via widgets and universal remote control. An AT&T exclusive for now.

Sony Xperia Stew

Sony Xperia Stew

YouTuber syyeap1 tests Sony’s claim that their new flagship smartphone the Xperia Z is waterproof by dunking it into a pot of boiling stew. Mmmm, smartphone. Skip to about 1:20 in the video.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a 1280 x 800 8″ touchscreen, 1.6GHz quad-core CPU, S-Pen stylus, and a built-in IR blaster so you can use it as a remote. It can also be used as a, uhm, a phone.

HTC One

HTC One

The HTC One Android phone has an all-aluminum body, a 4.7″ 1080p screen, a 1.7GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage. Also has stereo speakers and the new UltraPixel camera.

Rhino Shield Screen Protector

Rhino Shield Screen Protector

Evolutive Labs claims that its screen protector offers 5 times the impact resistance of a Gorilla Glass 2 screen despite being only 0.01″ thick. It also has layers that resist scratches and smudges.

BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry’s relaunch kicks off with its touchscreen Z10. Offers a 1280×756, 4.2-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, and the new BlackBerry 10 OS, for quick juggling between work and personal tasks.

Evouni Phone Stand Pouch

Evouni Phone Stand Pouch

This water-repellant leather case doubles as a kickstand for all iPhones, and other smartphones between 3.5- and 4.3-inch screen sizes. Available in green, black, orange, and blue.

YotaPhone

YotaPhone

A concept smartphone being developed by Russian company Yota Devices, the YotaPhone is an Android phone with two displays – an LCD touchscreen in front and an always on E-ink screen at the back.

Win: iPad 4, Nexus 4 & Paperwhite

Win: iPad 4, Nexus 4 & Paperwhite

Our pals over at the slick new tech comparison engine Sortable have teamed up with TA and Technabob to give away three cool gadgets, an iPad 4, Nexus 4 or a Kindle Paperwhite. (Ends 12/19.)

Nokia Lumia 822

Nokia Lumia 822

A great starter Windows 8 smartphone with free, best-in-class navigation that works even offline, free streaming music, 4G LTE, an 8MP camera w/1080p video, NFC, and optional wireless charging.

HTC Droid DNA

HTC Droid DNA

The HTC Droid DNA’s most striking feature is its 5″ 1080p display, a first for any mobile device. It has a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and Android 4.1. Exclusive to Verizon.

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