If you're a Verizon customer and have not-so-patiently waited for the iPhone, or you're an AT&T customer not-so-happy with your cell service, today's news will make you smile. It looks the same, and works pretty much the same, but the Verizon iPhone 4 ($200-$300) does have a few differences compared with the current iPhone. It's got a redesigned antenna to stop untimely dropped calls, can act as a mobile Hotspot for other Wi-Fi devices, but can't do the simultaneous voice/data stuff that you can do on AT&T (look up directions while somebody is on hold, for example). Other than that, it has all the magical features of the current one — iOS4, Retina display, FaceTime, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, etc. Get yours on February 10.
The onslaught of Android-powered smartphones continues with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc ($TBA). This slim, ergonomically-shaped phone sports an extra-wide 4.2-inch multi-touch Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine, an 8.1-megapixel camera with Sony Exmor R sensor with f/2.4 lens and HD video recording capability, in addition to all the standard apps and web stuff.
Most modern watch phones try to cram a phone's worth of features into a wrist-friendly package. But not this one. Instead, the Celsius X VI II Watch Phone ($300,000) features an elaborate watch that's completely visible from the front face, opening up to show a more pedestrian flip phone interior. In addition to the high-end timepiece, the Celsius also features a patented mechanical hinge that harnesses and stores the kinetic energy created by the user, GSM network compatibility, and a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. Only 18 are being made, but something tells us that the price is enough to keep all but the most megalomaniacal from buying in.
For those of you who've been waiting around for Google to release its next spec phone, your handset has arrived. The Google Nexus S ($TBA) is the replacement for the Goog's Nexus One, packing new tech like Near Field Communications, a slightly curved, four-inch AMOLED Contour Display, and the latest version of Android, version 2.3 — aka Gingerbread. Otherwise it's a lot like Samsung's Galaxy S phones — no surprise since they built it — with a 1 GHz processor, 16GB of internal storage, 720p video recording, a 5 megapixel still camera, front-facing camera for video chat, and standard 3G/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.