For the release of the iPhone 5s ($200-$400), the folks at Apple focused on three key areas of improvement: its performance, the camera, and security. It gets an upgrade to an A7 chip — making it the first 64-bit phone in existence — while also receiving support for the latest graphics standards and motion processing without a reduction in battery life. An improved iSight camera has a 15 percent larger sensor, a larger f2.2 aperture, an improved flash, image stabilization, slow motion capture, and a burst mode perfect for taking action shots. Its security enhancement comes in the form of a fingerprint sensor built into the home button, called Touch ID, giving you one-touch access to your phone, and serving as a password replacement for your Apple ID. It'll be available for pre-order later this month, and yes, you can get yours in gold.
While none of you would dare leave your phone unprotected without a security pin, you also know what a pain it is to enter it every time you want to check new notifications. But, for those fortunate enough to pick up a Moto X, that pain will be a thing of the past, thanks to the Motorola Skip ($15). This small clip attaches to your clothing, and with a quick tap of your phone, you can unlock it — no more pesky pass codes. It will come in a range of colors to fit your customized phone, and will also include three Skip dots (which you can leave any place you frequently use your phone, and function the same as the clip).
If you're looking for buttons on the side of this phone, think again — the LG G2 Smartphone ($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.