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OnePlus 5

The company known for besting flagship phones at a fraction of the price is back with the OnePlus 5 — and it’s got more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone 7, most differentiated by the presence of a headphone jack and a USB-C charge port. Still, this device nets you a hell of a lot of phone. Most notably, its dual rear 20-megapixel camera allows for shooting bokeh-style portraits,…

GET IT: $480+

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Essential Phone

A new device conceived by Android (yes, that Android) cofounder Andy Rubin, the Essential Phone is built on some rather lofty principles, namely openness, simplicity, quality, and choice (i.e. absence of bloatware). Its logo-less case, which comes in four colors (black, grey, white, and the aquamarine-like ocean depths) is crafted of titanium and fitted with a ceramic back so it won’t scratch, dent, or bend, even when dropped on its corner…

GET IT: $700

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Eye Smart Android Case For iPhone

Can’t make the crucial decision of whether to spring for an iPhone or Android device? You won’t really have to choose anymore thanks to the Eye Smart Android Case For iPhone (that’s the back of an iPhone you’re looking at above). It’s basically a fully functional Android device rolled up into a case, adding a second fully functional phone on the back of your iPhone while also doubling the latter’s battery life. Features…

GET IT: $120+

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Samsung Galaxy S8

With a gigantic 5.8-inch Infinity display that curves around at the edges to minimize both bezel real-estate and the size of the phone itself, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is sure to satisfy those waiting impatiently for a successor to the explosive Note 7. Gone is the fingerprint sensor from the bottom bezel; it’s now on the back, but in its stead the 8-megapixel front camera can scan both your irises to unlock, otherwise…

GET IT: $TBA

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Apple iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition

It’s powered by the same A10 Fusion chip and boasts the same 12 megapixel wide-angle camera, water resistance, and overall specs as the models released last fall. The main difference is that each purchase of an Apple iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition throws some money at the global battle against HIV and AIDS. Oh, and the phone itself comes with a fiery red aluminum color on its rear plate to show for it,…

GET IT: $750+

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Colorware iPhone 7 Plus Retro Edition

While indispensable for many of us now, the first Macintosh computer was a luxury for most. As is the Colorware iPhone 7 Plus Retro Edition. The included iPhone 7 Plus goes through Colorware’s meticulous deconstruction, careful painting, and then reconstruction process, this time styled like an OG 1984 Mac in beige with darker beige vent stripes and a rainbow Apple logo. The first 25 were numbered though they’re already…

GET IT: $1,900

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BlackBerry KeyOne

Combining a 1620×1080 IPS 4.5-inch touchscreen LCD with a tactile, quick-typing keyboard, the BlackBerry KeyOne is the brand’s latest attempt to claw their way back into the smartphone market. It’s as rugged as BlackBerries past thanks to a strong impact-resistant aluminum frame and Gorilla glass-lined display and runs Android 7.1 Nougat, so a bustling Google Play gives access to plenty of apps. Its main unique features include a massive (but non-removable)…

GET IT: $550

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Nokia 3310

A month of battery life. Near indestructibility. And Snake. Sure, you’ll have to make some sacrifices, but the Nokia 3310 “dumbphone” will definitely reward you in ways modern smartphones can’t. The iconic device is back 17 years after its initial release, albeit with a slightly revamped form factor, a 2MP camera with LED flash, 16MB of storage that’s thankfully upgradeable to 32GB by MicroSD, and a sharp, 2.4-inch color…

GET IT: ~$52

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Pitaka Slim Aramid iPhone 7 Case

It’s not made of actual carbon fibre: instead the Pitaka Slim Aramid iPhone 7 Case is made of Aramid fibre, which looks very similar but is weaved from super strong and flexible synthetic fibre instead (think Kevlar and the like). This means it won’t interfere with your phone’s antennas (cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc) in the least but still provides solid protection in a super slim, 0.03-inch package that hugs your device’s…

GET IT: $40+

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Xiaomi Mi Mix Edgeless Phone

It’s technically a concept phone but it’s got a release date in early November, so take from that what you will. The Philippe Starck-designed, Android-running Xiaomi Mi Mix boasts an impressive nearly edgeless 6.4-inch display that spans to the device’s side and top edges, leaving only the tiniest of bezels on the bottom. In fact, about 91.3% of the phone’s front is screen. This required the shrunk selfie cam to be shifted to the…

GET IT: ~$515

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Samsung Galaxy Note7

Your smartphone occupies an increasingly large role in your everyday life. So why not give it a bigger screen? The latest Samsung Galaxy Note7 features an immense 5.7-inch dual-curved display for edge to edge real-estate and works with the improved S Pen stylus that boasts a finer tip than before and has greatly improved pressure sensitivity for jotting done notes and annotating. It’s also got a fingerprint scanner like before, but it’s also…

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OnePlus 3

Don’t let its surprisingly low price tag fool you into thinking the OnePlus 3 isn’t up to par with the best Android devices. This ultrathin smartphone boasts a carved aluminum unibody that isn’t far off from an iPhone, a 1080p 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display behind Gorilla Glass 4, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor alongside an Adreno 530 GPU, and 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It’s also quick charging thanks to Dash Charge, which…

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Google Ara Modular Phone

Project Ara has been fairly quiet for awhile now, but fortunately the announcement of Google’s Ara Modular Phone Developer kit shows us that the principal drive behind the project — modularity — is still front and center. Shipping in fall 2016, this developer-focused Ara is built around a frame that contains most of the phone’s brains including the CPU, GPU, antennas, sensors, a battery, and a 5.3-inch display. Six slots fit Ara modules solidly, connecting…

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Kiyojo Magnetic Dock

Keep your phone handy in the kitchen, the garage, or anywhere there’s a ferromagnetic metal surface with the Kiyojo Magnetic Dock For iPhone. Kiyojo is CNC machined from aluminum that’s anodized to an Apple-like finish for long lasting looks, and sticks solidly to your fridge using powerful neodymium magnets despite the impression that it’s practically floating. Docking and undocking are a breeze, and it works just as well in both portrait and landscape orientations for…

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Urban Armor Gear Card Case

Meeting military drop-test standards MIL STD 810G 516.6, Urban Armor Gear’s Card Case protects your phone against inadvertent drops, bumps, bruises, and otherwise smartphone-killing tumbles of everyday life thanks to the coupling of a soft impact-diffusing core with a hard outer shell. And while it’s not the slimmest case in their offerings, it’ll likely still lighten your carry on most days since it’s got a back door that swings open to reveal a cutout…

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Beartooth

Dependance on a network of cell towers is acceptable when you’re in town, but stray a little (read: a lot) off the beaten path and you’re suddenly on your own. Beartooth aims to solve this problem by equipping your existing smartphone with a software-defined two-way radio that allows for communications with other Beartooth-linked smartphones without the need for any added infrastructure, relying instead on sub 1GHz license free bands. It…

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Refined through and through, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is very likely the best smartphone to ever come out of the South Korean corporation’s factories. First off it’s once again waterproof, surviving dips of up to 5 feet for 30 minutes without the need for any special rubber port covers (and meaning that a 5 second drop in the toilet won’t end it). The Android Marshmallow-powered smartphone boasts a 5.5-inch Quad…

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Cut Maps Wooden Cell Phone Case

Wrapping your smartphone in a case is the most straightforward way to make it yours. But few are as unique as Cut Maps Wooden Cell Phone Cases, a line of snap-on iPhone cases that feature a Cherry veneer on their backsides that’s been laser engraved with highly detailed street maps of various cities including New York, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, and plenty more. Available in versions that fit the iPhone 6/6S,…

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Travelamp Light Diffuser

A smartphone’s LED-emitted light is rarely described as warm, soft, or relaxing. Fred & Friends’ Travelamp Light Diffuser actually makes it so. This soft silicone lamp weighs in at about an ounce and a half and features an integrated rubber band-like strap to slide onto any small to mid-sized smartphone, diffusing the otherwise sharp, directional light into something far better for reading, playing cards, or just setting the mood. Shipping in October. Find…

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Marshall London Smartphone

Probably the loudest telephone on Earth thanks to two front-facing speakers, the Android Lollipop-running Marshall London Smartphone is all about facilitating the way you consume and create music on the go. An M-button on top gives you one-click access to your music playback on the fly, even on top of other apps, and unlike all other smartphones its volume is controlled via a precise scroll wheel, perfect for finding that optimal sweet spot of loud…

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+Simplism Hibiki

Chances are good that most of your music listening starts with an iPhone. And if you’re worried about sound quality degradation by radiowaves like LTE, Bluetooth, and WiFi interfering with your phone’s headphone amplifier, the +Simplism Hibiki may help. High tech PULSHUT MU material affixed to the back of the case purportedly reduces non-audio wave noise without the need for an external amplifier, resulting in a cleaner sound. Moreover, the case is meticulously sculpted…

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Bellroy Phone Case

Maybe you could get by with just three cards — or even one — or maybe you just prefer keeping your most-used card close at hand. Either way the Bellroy Phone Case makes an elegant solution to overstuffed, under-organized pockets. These iPhone 6 cases wrap premium full-grain vegetable tanned leather over flexible polycarbonate and spotlight a thumb-accessible one card or three card holder on the backside. And, just in case, there’s also enough room…

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

For a flagship phone, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 had a decidedly plastic feel. The S6 and S6 Edge do away with the latter, instead replacing it with a metal bezel that’s far more fitting and that meets a pixel-dense, 577 ppi 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED as it curves around the frame on either side. It also boasts a lightning fast 64-bit Octa-core processor, 16MP rear camera with real-time HDR & 4K video capabilities, and…

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Mujjo Leather Wallet Case 80°

Our devices are getting thinner but our pocket’s contents generally aren’t. Mujjo’s Leather Wallet Case 80° surrounds your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus in gorgeous vegetable-tanned leather while maintaining — and protecting — its razor thin aluminum design. The case also sports an elegant card pocket positioned at an 80° angle that safely stashes two or three cards, potentially sparing you the need for a wallet altogether if you’re ready…