For anyone who's ever said, "damn, I wish my cellphone was more like my Nintendo DS," we present the Kyocera Echo ($200). Powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and running Android 2.2, the Echo sports dual 3.5-inch touchscreen displays connected by a new pivot hinge that lets them run independently, side-by-side in Simul-Task or Optimized modes, or in a combined Tablet mode that turns the handset into a 4.7-inch single display — with a huge black thing in the middle, of course. Other features include 3G networking, Wi-Fi, a five-megapixel camera, 720p video recording, Bluetooth 2.1, 1GB of internal memory with microSD expansion, and the ability to convince luddites that your shrink ray has successfully been tested on a cheap laptop.
Pushing the limits of the terms "4G" and "world's most powerful" is the new Motorola Atrix 4G ($TBA). Running Android 2.2 and packing a host of high-end features like a 1 GHz dual-core processor, a "qHD" 960 x 540 screen, 1 GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD slot for expansion, HSPA+, front- and rear-facing cameras, HD video capture, a biometric fingerprint reader for secure access, dual mics for noise-reduction, 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11n support, and a 1930 mAh battery, the Atrix also works with a new "laptop dock" for expanded multi-tasking and browsing with a full version of Firefox — but it still reminds us a little too much of the doomed Palm Folio. [Thanks, Jeff]
As if we didn't look dorky enough with Bluetooth headsets in our ears, along comes the Jawbone Era ($130) to kick things up a notch. Packing the company's chaos-killing NoiseAssassin technology, improved "HD" audio, and a processor for running "apps" like the new spoken name Caller ID, the Era also sports an accelerometer, letting you shake it (or your head) to enter pairing mode, and — we're not making this up — "tap" it to answer calls, meaning you can now smack yourself in the side of the head before appearing to talk to yourself in a public place. Gotta love progress.