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 ($830) as a proving ground for next-generation mobile technology — most of the things you see here will likely make their way onto big-name handsets. The biggest of those technologies is convergence: hardware and software that seamlessly transitions between desktop and mobile. All you need to do to use it as a desktop PC is plug it into a display using HDMI, and pair it with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. This is possible thanks to a fast multi-core CPU, 4 gigs of RAM, and a 128 gig flash drive. Other impressive features include the ability to dual-boot between Android and Ubuntu OS, a 4.5-inch sapphire crystal display, stereo speakers, and two LTE antennae.
Somewhere along the way the lines between a phone and a tablet became blurry, and our smartphones turned into hulking masses of silicon that barely fit in our pocket. The Android-powered HTC One Mini ($TBA) — at about five by two and a half inches, and just a third of an inch thick — aims to curb that trend. Made from polished metal alloy, the body of the phone fits comfortably into your hand. Dual front speakers, a 720p HD 4.3-inch screen, 16 gigs of storage, and a 1 gig processor make it great for entertainment and gaming.
The Nokia Lumia 1020 ($300) changes everything we know about photography on a mobile device — and will likely become the new benchmark for smartphone cameras. It boasts a 41 megapixel camera (no that wasn't a typo), with optical image stabilization, a xenon flash, and Nokia Pro Camera software for expert image editing. That huge sensor captures images at 7712 x 5360 resolution, so no matter how far you are from your subject, you'll be able to crop and zoom to create an image like you were right there. And, because it's powered by Windows Phone 8, you'll be able to share those gorgeous shots with all your friends.