Android Lollipop

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Google debuts its next generation mobile operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google's biggest focus with Lollipop is consistency across all devices with a UI called Material that they say is more fluid and intuitive than ever before. You also get a deeper level of customization such as the ability to control when and how you receive notifications to battery saving features that extend the life of your device to up to 90 minutes.

Other new features include encryption that's activated right out of the box, the ability to use another Lollipop-powered phone to log into your phone to retrieve your contacts and messages if you lose your phone, and support for 64-bit devices. Lollipop will be available on the latest Nexus devices that were announced today and will also be compatible with the Nexus 4, 5, 7, and 10, and Google Play edition devices in the weeks ahead.

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Nexus 6

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Always setting the benchmark for what an Android phone should be, Google introduces the Nexus 6, which packs a massive 5.96" 493 ppi screen that even puts the once "giant" iPhone 6 Plus screen to shame. For this release Google teamed up with their former partners at Motorola who are now owned by computing giant, Lenovo.

The Nexus 6 packs a laundry list of features including the massive screen we mentioned, a 3220mAh battery good for over 24 hours of use, 13MP camera with optical image stabilization and a f/2.0 lens, 2MP front facing, Qualcomm's Quad-Core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, an Adreno 420 GPU, and 32-64GBs of storage. Just like previous Nexus releases, the phone will be available unsubsidized and contract-free when it is available later in the year.

$650, Google

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Vertu for Bentley

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With such a keen eye for craftsmanship it only made sense that Bentley team up with the most luxurious of handset makers, Vertu. As you would expect the phone is all about the details and if you've ever had the chance to see a Bentley up close you already know the precise and careful attention that goes into their high-powered masterpieces.

And just like a Continental GT, Vertu's Signature Touch is powerful and well-crafted. From the diamond quilt leather to the knurled titanium side rails, this is high-level, Bentley-grade craftsmanship in the palm of your hand. Spec-wise you get a Android-powered smartphone with a Qualcomm 801 2.3GHz Quad-Core Processor, a 4.7" 1080p sapphire crystal display, 13MP camera, 64GBs of storage, Qi wireless charging, a 2275mAh battery, and all the high-speed connectivity you could ever need in a smartphone.

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Vertu Aster

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Vertu presents their latest handset, the titanium and sapphire Aster smartphone. Available in a variety of leather materials (ostrich pictured above), the Aster is the benchmark when it comes to premium design and materials in a smartphone.

The leather wrapped backs are complemented by hand-finished titanium and PVD-black titanium. The 4.7" 473 ppi 1080p screen is protected by a layer of sapphire crystal and the handset is backed by the Qualcomm's powerful 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor. You also get a 13MP camera certified by Hasselblad, 2.1MP front camera, 64GBs of storage, LTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatibility, Qi wireless charging, a 2275mAh battery, and Android KitKat 4.4.

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iPhone 6

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All the leaks and rumors were right (well, not the Sapphire...yet), Apple has unveiled its newest iPhone today and have introduced two new sizes in the latest generation with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The smaller of the two will feature a 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 Retina HD screen and the 5.5 will boast a full HD 1920 x 1080 screen. The two phones are even thinner than the iPhone 5S with the 6 being 6.9mm and the 6 Plus being 7.1mm thin. Both will have "ion-strengthened" glass screens.

They will be powered by Apple's new 64-bit A8 processor, a chip that is smaller, faster, and more efficient than previous generations. Alongside the A8 is the new M8, an improved motion processor designed for fitness that is able to differentiate between cycling and running and can even read your elevation. The cameras get a new and improved 8MP sensor with digital image stabilization, optical image stabilization in the larger model, 240 fps slow mo, 60 fps 1080p video capability, and it will even get its own image signal processor. Storage will start at 16GB capacities and reach 128GB in the top of the line model. Pre-orders start Friday and will ship on September 19th.

$199-$399, Apple

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Nokia 130

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So you've had it with all the hashtags and instagrams of food and you want to throw your smartphone out the window. We wouldn't recommend being that extreme, but if you do need a breather the Nokia 130 is one way to stay connected and go off the grid...sort of.

This bare bones "dumbphone" is ideal for those of you who really just want to have a phone and little else, there isn't even a camera. It's also a great emergency phone and with up to 36 days of standby time, you'll outlast all your Android and iPhone toting friends. Oh, and did we tell you it's $25?

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Coach Crocodile iPhone 5 Case

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You probably want to hold off on buying a pricey crocodile leather iPhone case with the iPhone 6 around the corner, but if you plan on keeping your 5/5S around for awhile you'll have a pretty stunning option to swaddle it in.

The case is a limited edition for Coach with a stunning texture that you just can't get from anything else. And if you're holding off for the Apple's next jewel, we have a feeling Coach will have more ultra luxurious options for your future purchase.

$398, Coach

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Otterbox Resurgence Power Case

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Otterbox is taking a crack at the battery case market and their first attempt is definitely one to pay attention to. Known for their rugged smartphone cases, the company is combining that expertise with some much needed juice to keep you charged throughout the day.

The case has military-rated drop protection to absorb any bumps and bruises and inside is a 2,000mAh battery that will give you a full charge in a slim package. One big difference is their auto-stop technology which automatically shuts off charging once the phone's battery life is full leaving banks of energy for later use.

$99, Otterbox

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Amazon Firephone

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Amazon has officially unveiled its first entry into the smartphone market and if everything works as marketed it might be the phone to beat.

Lets get to the specs first, the Firephone will be powered by a hyperfast Qualcomm 2.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor and will have 32GBs of storage, a 13MP camera with optical image stabilization, dual stereo speakers with Dolby Surround, and a 4.7" HD screen. Now what differentiates the FirePhone from the rest is two major features: Firefly and Dynamic Perspective. Firefly is a technology that can identify email addresses, websites, and QR codes. Most impressive is that it can ID over 100 million songs, products, and movies, it's essentialy the ultimate Shazam we've always wanted.

The other big feature is Dynamic Perspective, a sensor-based system that uses eye-tracking tech that lets you scroll through pages with a simple tilt of the phone or pan around a map to look behind a building to view the street behind it. It accompishes this with four cameras to watch your head movement and track your eyes. Look for the FirePhone this July via Amazon and their exclusive carrier, AT&T.

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Vertu Signature Touch

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The Rolls Royce of mobile phone manufacturers announces their most powerful handset to date, the Signature Touch. Powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, the phone uses Android KitKat and boasts 64GBs of onboard storage, a 4.7" 1080p 473PPI sapphire crystal screen, a 13MP camera tuned by Hassleblad, built-in Qi Wireless Charging, LTE, and Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound.

No Vertu would be complete without the brand's premium fit and finish. The phones feature titanium-chamfered rails that are complemented with hand-fed stitched calf or exotic leather, an engine turned sim compartment (why not), a ruby button that gives you access to Vertu's concierge service, and each phone is signed by the person who crafted the phone at their English studio. And you thought your new Galaxy S5 was special.

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