Almost every smartphone these days contains the same bag of tricks. 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 devices out there that stand out from the crowd.
From making headway into the world of augmented-reality, to having the ability to see through objects using infrared light or thermal heat, here are some handsets that have us looking twice thanks to their utter uniqueness.
Editors' Note: This post updates frequently. It was originally published August 2013.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
Equipped with Google's Tango augmented-reality software and a depth-sensing 3D camera system, thelets virtual objects interact with the real world around you. This handset, along with a few others like the , give us a nifty sneak-peek at an AR future. Read the full .
This phone has see-through vision... kind of. Using a near-infrared spectrometer, the H2 phone can determine things like how fresh your produce is, if your medicine is fake and even your body fat percentage. It does this by shining a special light onto the surface of objects (like fruit, medicine and your skin). Molecules from the object then send back light in different ways and this information gets beamed up to a database cloud where it's processed and analyzed.
Motorola Moto Z series
The different modular accessories, like a power pack or a portable speaker, to change up how the phone functions. .(and the and ) is a thin and fast handset. But it's the array of magnetic pins on the back the makes it unique. With it, users can snap on
Aside from its tough exterior, which allows it to survive 6-feet drops and dunks underwater, thehas a thermal imaging camera. Located above the phone's rear camera, this enables users to visualize the temperature of objects. There's also an app that offers different filters and tools related to thermal imaging. .
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S
Competitively priced with loud speakers and a 16-megapixel camera, thealso has one more trick up its sleeve. The device comes with a software goodie that lets you use the OS upside-down as well as right-side up, so you can navigate through the interface whichever way you hold it. .