If you're the kind of guy who doesn't want his stuff to look quite like everyone else's, then the Jolla Smartphone ($520) might be the one for you. Interchangeable backs — referred to as "the other half" — come in a range of colors, and automatically force the phone's UI to adopt a complementary color scheme. Ships with their Android-app compatible, yet proprietary Sailfish OS, a dual core processor, 4G connectivity, and 16GB of storage. The battery is user-replaceable, and the phone features a 4.5-inch screen and 8MP camera.
If there's one thing Sony is known best for, it's making gorgeous displays, and at 6.4-inches the Sony Xperia Z Ultra ($TBA) has the largest and slimmest full HD display of any smartphone. In case your phones always seem to find their way into a body of water (or a beverage), it's also waterproof — so there's no need to junk it up with a bulky case. This Android smartphone comes with a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, and 4GLTE, so it's ready to handle just about any gaming, professional, or video application.
Basically everyone has a smartphone these days — but have you ever given a thought to what's inside? No, we're not talking processors and megapixels, but instead the conflict elements required to make the components, and the cheap labor used to put them together. Well, the folks behind Fairphone (€325; roughly $435) have. This Android device aims to be the first phone built with a completely transparent supply chain, letting you know the source of each mineral used to make each component, the people who built them, and the social and ecological impact. Yet the phone itself is no slouch, sporting Android 4.2, a quad-core processor, an eight megapixel rear cam, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing shooter. It even has dual-SIM trays to make travel easier — which is great, considering you can only buy it in Europe for the time being.
If you liked the features of the Lumia 920 but simply couldn't get behind the colorful, oversized polycarbonate body, you're likely love the Nokia Lumia 925 ($TBA). Like the 920, it offers an 8.7 megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization, a 1.5 GHZ dual-core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM, a 4.5" WXGA screen, and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. But instead of polycarbonate, the 925's outer frame is made from metal, with the plastic stuff relegated to a white, black, or grey panel on the back, a feature that makes possible the optional wireless charging cover. Arriving next month.
It's not completely klutz-proof — it lacks the ruggedness of those old yellow-and-black, construction-grade Nextel phones — but the Sony Xperia ZR Waterproof Phone ($TBA) will be ready for your next pool party. It's IP55 and IP58 compliant, letting you keep it submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water — roughly five feet — for up to 30 minutes, allowing you to capture shots and 1080p videos with its 13 megapixel fast capture camera that an iPhone can only dream about. Other features include a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 4G LTE, a 4.6" HD Reality display, and NFC capabilities. Arriving later this year.