And the award for Worst Cell Phone Name of the Year goes to... the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD ($TBA). Look past the ridiculous moniker, however, and you'll find a quite capable smartphone, featuring a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display, LTE networking, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera, Android 4.0, a Kevlar back, water-repellent nanocoating, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage. Of course, they don't call it the Maxx for nothing, so you'll also get a massive battery good for 32 hours of normal use on a single charge.
'Tis the season for flagship phone announcements, and the world's most famous Finnish phone maker is no exception. The Nokia Lumia 920 ($TBA) is the company's latest top-end phone. Running Windows Phone 8, it packs an 8.7 megapixel Nokia PureView camera with optical image stabilization and Carl Ziess optics, and a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM. Other features include a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ screen with dark blacks, an automatic sunlight reading mode, the ability to sense touches through gloves, a 1.2 megapixel, 720p front-facing camera, 32GB of built-in storage, built-in wireless charging, and a sleek, compact design. Arriving later this year.
Samsung is back and pushing the definition of "pocketable" further than ever before with the Samsung Galaxy Note II ($TBA). Sporting a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen and a new, enhanced stylus, the Note II lets users combine handwriting with any on-screen content, quickly access top apps with simple gestures, take notes anywhere, and record on-screen actions, all while the 1.6GHz quad-core processor keeps things speeding along. Other features include 4G LTE wireless, up to 64GB of internal memory, an expandable micro SD memory slot, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 4.1. Sliding into a
duffle bag hoodie pouch pocket near you later this year.
Trying to decide which Android phone to buy? Your decision just got a little harder (or a lot easier). The Samsung Galaxy S III ($TBA) is the Korean giant's latest flagship smartphone, packing a 4.8 inch, 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, Samsung's new Siri-like S Voice speech-powered interface, NFC, the now-standard Wi-Fi/Bluetooth 4.0/GPS/sensor array, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of built-in storage with microSD expansion, HSPA+ — LTE will appear later — and, of course, Android 4.0. Arriving soon on a carrier near you.
We've seen projectors built into point-and-shoot cameras, but since those are quickly being replaced by smartphones, it was inevitable we'd see a projector pop up in one of those next. And so we have, with the Samsung Galaxy Beam ($TBA). Although its specs are relatively pedestrian — a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch 480x800 display, Android 2.3, 8GB of memory, and a 5 megapixel camera — it's the 15 lumen projector built into the top that steals the show, letting you share photos and videos on a projected screen up to 50-inches wide. Try doing that with your iPhone.
We got some hands-on time with the Lumia 800 on our ride from McCarran to the Aria, so we're hoping that the new Nokia Lumia 900 ($TBA) can live up to its little brother's promise. The first Nokia Windows Phone to sport LTE, the 900 also features a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, an eight megapixel rear-facing camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a dual LED flash, a front-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 14.5 GB of internal storage, and a 1.4 GHz processor.
We're not going to tell you that it's the most advanced phone around, but if you've got your heart set on a CrackBerry, there's no better choice than the Porsche Design P'9981 Blackberry Smartphone ($TBA). This unique handset features a forged stainless steel frame, a sculpted QWERTY keyboard, BlackBerry OS 7 with a special Porsche Design UI, a 1.2 GHz processor, 8GB of on-board memory with microSD expansion, NFC support, HD video recording, and hand-wrapped leather back cover, all of which will have your boardroom buddies turning green with envy.
Finally. After gliding through the majority of this year without releasing a thing — thanks to its make-or-break deal with Microsoft — Nokia has returned to the game with the Nokia Lumia 800 ($600). Packing the latest version of Windows Phone, it offers a 3.7-inch AMOLED curved display, a 1.4 GHz processor, an eight-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 16GB of storage, and a durable polycarbonate plastic body in cyan, magenta, or black.
Alright, so it doesn't have the best name in the world — "Galaxy Nexus" is the.. connection of a galaxy to another? The center of the galaxy? A sign that Google isn't as sly about marketing as they'd like to think? In any case, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus ($TBA) is the new flagship Android device, running Android 4.0 — a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich — and featuring a 4.65-inch, 720p high-definition sAMOLED curved Contour Display, 4G LTE or HSPA+ data, a 1.2GHz dual core processor, NFC technology for instant sharing of content and Google Wallet support, a new Face Unlock feature that give you access to your phone using nothing but your ugly mug, and a high-end camera boasting single-motion panorama capabilities and 1080p video recording.
And you thought the RAZR was dead. Google's latest acquisition has dug it's most famous moniker out of the recycling bin and slapped it on its latest and greatest Android handset. The Motorola Droid Razr ($300) sports a shockingly-thin 7.1 mm thin body, and boasts a Kevlar build and Gorilla Glass for added strength, and water repellent nanocoating all over — including the internal components — for protection against spills. Of course, it's a screamer on the technical side, too, with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, support for Verizon LTE, 1GB of RAM, a front-facing HD camera, a rear-facing eight-megapixel shooter with 1080p video capture, Bluetooth 4.0, and 16GB of onboard memory. Available early next month.
It doesn't look different on the outside, but it's full of new stuff on the inside. Powered by the dual-core A5 processor, the Apple iPhone 4S ($200-$400) features iOS5 and its 200 new features including iCloud, as well as an 8-megapixel camera with all-new optics and 1080p HD video recording with image stabilization. And then there's Siri, a scarily-accurate virtual assistant. Just ask Siri a question (by naturally speaking) and it (she?) responds with the answer — no matter how strange or complex your question was. Or just tell Siri to do something — it can make calls, send texts and emails, schedule reminders, make notes, search the web, find local businesses, get directions and much more. The iPhone 4S will ship in black or white in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB models. It'll be available on October 14th on AT&T, Verizon, and now also Sprint. It might not be enough to cure our iPhone 5 sadness, but it might be enough for us to upgrade.
You would expect a product with a name like that to involve sticking things into a computer, and unsurprisingly, the Jawbone Nerd ($140) doesn't disappoint. Included with the new Jawbone Icon HD headset — which itself isn't shabby, what with its NoiseAssassin 2.5 noise cancellation technology, 10mm wideband speaker, and MyTALK app support — the Nerd enables plug-and-play use of the headset for hassle-free VoIP calls or music streaming and the ability to instantly swap back and forth between talking on your phone and talking on your computer.