If you're looking for buttons on the side of this phone, think again — the LG G2 Smartphone ($TBA) changes things up a bit by moving them to the back of the device, making the phone more ergonomic so you're less likely to drop it. They've also upped the ante with a 5.2-inch full-HD display (the largest of any smartphone in its class), a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. It sports some exciting user experience features like a pared-down guest mode, a programmable remote that can operate devices in your home, and a phone that answers automatically when you raise it to your ear.
Now that Motorola and Google are one, expect to see some impressive gadgets from the pair — case in point, the Moto X ($200-$250). It's completely customizable, with two front, 17 back, and seven accent colors available, and entirely assembled in the USA. It boasts touch-less Siri-like capability (just say "okay Google Now" to access maps, send texts, and more). And it's packed with battery-saving, experience-improving tech, like an ultra-light-sensitive 10 megapixel RGBC camera, an active display that turns on when you pull it out of your pocket, eight cores optimized for separate tasks, and a 4.7-inch AMOLED display.
Think of the Ubuntu Edge ($830) as a proving ground for next-generation mobile technology — most of the things you see here will likely make their way onto big-name handsets. The biggest of those technologies is convergence: hardware and software that seamlessly transitions between desktop and mobile. All you need to do to use it as a desktop PC is plug it into a display using HDMI, and pair it with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. This is possible thanks to a fast multi-core CPU, 4 gigs of RAM, and a 128 gig flash drive. Other impressive features include the ability to dual-boot between Android and Ubuntu OS, a 4.5-inch sapphire crystal display, stereo speakers, and two LTE antennae.