Smartphones with unusual features (roundup)
These smartphones' entertaining and practical party tricks stand out from the crowd.
These days, almost every smartphone contains the same bag of tricks, with little to differentiate handsets. Sure, one might have a bigger screen, more storage, and other specs that help us tell one phone from another. But on the whole, you'll see the same sort of features again and again. Fortunately, there are some handsets out there that stand out from the crowd for a certain physical or software feature.
For instance, we dig how Moto X can be, and despite being a bit "out there" and gaudy, Samsung's China-bound and flip phone/smartphone hybrids are definitely unusual. In no particular order, we list some more-current handsets that have have us looking twice thanks to their utter uniqueness.the
Two things make the G2 special. First, it's the first globally available handset to sport the beastly, lightning-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Second, LG moved its volume rocker and power button from the edge of the device to its back. The company claims that this change is more comfortable and intuitive for the user, and while the jury is still out on that, it definitely makes the G2 uncommon. .
Although Motorola dropped the "Razr" moniker from its name, this smartphone still boasts the epically long battery life we come to expect from the Maxx family. Tucked underneath a Kevlar fiber body, its 3,500mAh battery offers a whopping 48 hours of usage time or 25 days of standby time, so you won't have to bug out about finding an outlet the next time you plan on being out of the house for a while. .
Not only does the 1020 come in a striking yellow shade, it also packs a 41-megapixel camera on its back. But it's not just the megapixel count that's impressive: the camera also includes a wide xenon flash, a six-lens Carl Zeiss lens, and an LED sidekick used for focus. What does this all mean? Basically, a handset that takes (albeit at a steep, $299.99 on-contract price).
Not to be outdone in the photography department, Samsung released its own powerhouse shooter with the S4 Zoom. While we think the 1020 still has in terms of photo quality and design, the fact that the Zoom has a 10x optical zoom (as opposed to the standard digital zoom), is noteworthy. Plus, it still takes .
True, the Galaxy Note 2 has been out for a long time now, but it's simply the best "phablet" out there. In fact, the Note 2 hit the scene nearly 10 months ago, yet it still lacks meaningful competition. That's partly because of its S Pen features, which makes the large Android device do double-duty as a smartphone and a virtual productivity note pad.
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