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.