It might be a year later than we expected, but it's here all the same. The Apple iPhone 5 ($200-$400) looks quite a bit like its predecessor, but packs in a number of all-new features for the family, including a 4-inch widescreen Retina display (hello, fifth row of apps!), a new, speedier A6 processor, a new aluminum and glass enclosure, an all-new Lightning connector, 4G LTE and dual-channel 802.11n 5GHz networking, an improved 8 megapixel iSight camera with panorama mode, a FaceTime HD camera, 16, 32, or 64GB of storage, and all-new EarPod headphones. Arriving on September 21 in black or white.
And the award for Worst Cell Phone Name of the Year goes to... the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD ($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.