Sure, you can get your iPhone 5s in Apple's own gold finish, but so can just about anyone else with a few hundred dollars to throw around. If you really want to stand out from the crowd of folks poking at their devices all day, you need the Apple Solid Gold iPhone 5S ($3,300). Instead of the typical gold finish, this one comes in solid, 24-karat gold covering the edges, top, bottom, and back. You can also choose the platinum or rose gold additions — and if you're really feeling like showing off, go ahead and upgrade it with Swarovski style embellishments on the logo, bezel, and more.
We've all been there — you get that shiny new smartphone, and it runs great for a year or two, but then you notice it's just not the phone it used to be. Games lag, apps aren't supported, the battery doesn't hold a charge like it used to, maybe the screen is cracked, and you think: if only I could just replace this, or that component, everything would be better. Well now the dream is a little closer to reality thanks to Motorola Project Ara ($TBA). While still in the early development phases, this project promises to allow users to swap out parts within a modular hardware ecosystem. So you can upgrade your processor, battery, screen, all just by plopping modular components onto an "endoskeleton" base. It's still a long way from a working prototype, but the future is bright.
In yet another attempt at differentiating themselves from the pack of other handsets available on the market, LG has introduced their latest innovation, a curved phone. The LG G Flex Smartphone ($TBA) features a curved design that's meant to better fit the average shape of a person's face, improving the usefulness of the speaker and microphone. The phone also sports their around-the-back button design introduced in this phone's predecessor, meant to make it more natural to adjust volume, turn on the phone, etc. Though if you ask us, their so-called innovations miss the mark by a long shot. Of all the things we do on our smartphones, actually talking on them probably ranks near the bottom of the list.