Basically everyone has a smartphone these days — but have you ever given a thought to what's inside? No, we're not talking processors and megapixels, but instead the conflict elements required to make the components, and the cheap labor used to put them together. Well, the folks behind Fairphone (€325; roughly $435) have. This Android device aims to be the first phone built with a completely transparent supply chain, letting you know the source of each mineral used to make each component, the people who built them, and the social and ecological impact. Yet the phone itself is no slouch, sporting Android 4.2, a quad-core processor, an eight megapixel rear cam, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing shooter. It even has dual-SIM trays to make travel easier — which is great, considering you can only buy it in Europe for the time being.

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega

    Nope, it's not a late April Fools joke — we checked. The Samsung Galaxy Mega ($TBA) officially straddles the line between "big but usable" and self-parody with your choice of a huge 5.8-inch screen or a 6.3-inch behemoth. Oh, did we mention these are supposed to be phones, not tablets? Yeah. And as such, they also offer powerful dual-core processors, fast HSPA networking with LTE support on the 6.3 model, 8 or 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, 8-megapixel rear cameras, and 1.9 megapixel front cams. Extra fabric to expand your pockets to accomodate their oversized bodies? Not included.

  • HTC First with Facebook Home

    Facebook finally took the wraps off its long-rumored Android project, and the result is... an app? Kinda. The HTC First with Facebook Home ($100) will be the first handset blessed with Facebook Home, the social network's new home/lock screen replacement. While the phone itself isn't exactly bleeding edge, with a 5 megapixel cam, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch, 720p screen, and LTE networking, it's the software that counts. Software that transforms your lock screen into a Facebook feed, complete with full-screen pics, status updates, and IMs, and offers deep Facebook integration after you unlock. Like we said, it's a Facebook Phone, only it isn't.

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