Oneplus One: $299 Nexus Killer

Oneplus planned to design the ‘perfect smartphone’. The upcoming release of their Oneplus One just may do that. It offers an impressive list of specs for a very competitve $299. It starts with a Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad-core processor, the exact processor that powers the Samsung Galaxy S5. Onboard the Oneplus One gives you 3GB of RAM, a 5.5″ 1080p display featuring Gorilla Glass 3, 13MP rear-facing camera and 5MP front-facing camera and global 4G LTE.

CEO Peter Lau wants to be “the MUJI of the tech industry”, citing the widely popular Japanese lifestyle and household products chain. It releases this week and it’ll be interesting to see how much market share it carves out. Prices start at $299 for a 16gb white version and $349 for a 64gb black version.

VSCO Cam for Android: Get Artsy Easily

Already a hit for iOS users, the VSCO Cam photography app is now ready for Android peeps to get creative with. (Note: Flexing in the bathroom remains uncreative.) Photo editing isn’t always an easy task, so it’s no wonder that VSCO’s user-friendly interface has been a hit, even if it belies the depth of the processing power under the hood. It’s free, available for most devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher, and includes 10 presets and some editing tools, while more are available to purchase.

Aereo For Android: Live From Your Phone, It’s TV!

Score one for the mouse on your media content/cat vs. mouse scorecard. The rodent in this case is Aereo, the company that streams live television and DVR service to iDevices, and now starting October 22, Android phones and tablets. 30 live TV channels will be available to anyone running Android 4.2 or higher on their gadget. Of course the cats here, broadcast networks, are not happy. But Aereo’s been winning in court, setting up a potential — dun dun dunnn! -Supreme Court showdown. Maybe we’ll be able to watch that on our phones too. Meow.

Samsung Galaxy S4: A Phone For The Darwin In You

The newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S4 is surely more evolution than revolution, but when you’re evolving from the standout success of the S3, a complete makeover is hardly necessary. The S4 is a little slimmer and a little lighter than its predecessor, despite featuring a bigger screen in the form a of a 5″ 1080p Super AMOLED display. The blazing fast Snapdragon 600 processor will be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and every model will come with 2GB of RAM, a generous 2,600mAh battery, and your choice of 16, 32, or 64GB of storage. So what’s new?

Well, Samsung sounds pretty hyped up about the cameras– a 13MP shooter on the back and 2MP deal in the front. There’ll also be some nifty new photo software on board, including Eraser mode, which lets you automatically detect motion in the background of a series of shots and then remove the unwanted distractions. Other new features with the S4 include Air Gesture, which lets you scroll through photos and pages without touching the screen; Group Play, enabling the syncing of music with other Samsung phones; an IR blaster that turns your phone into a TV remote; and a fitness tracker/pedometer.

Samsung Galaxy Camera

While most smartphones these days can butter toast, knit a shawl, and massage your groin, they still can’t take a decent picture. I mean, decent decent. Samsung aims to smash that notion with the Galaxy Camera, a camera that’s also an Android smartphone, instead of vice versa. A huge 4.8-inch HD LCD display shows you the 16-megapixel stills you capture in all their glory via the retractable lens with 21x optical zoom. The guts of device include a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, while Wi-Fi and 4G get you connected. No word yet on its shawl-knitting capabilities.

Ouya: Android Game Console

How we play games, from the Atari 2600 to mind games with your Aunt Connie, is constantly changing. The latest entrant into the gaming hemisphere isn’t quite official yet, but it involves a $99  Android console from Ouya.  The concept would let any developer publish games, and all games would be free to play. Every customer who buys a retail box would also get a developer’s kit. Better brush up on that C++.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet by Asus

If you prefer apple in your pie and only in your pie, the Google Nexus 7 from Asus is the tablet for you. The 7-inch slate will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the 8GB version will only set you back a modest $199. The guts of the device – quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1.2-megapixel camera, and 1GB of RAM – are more than sufficient for your needs–as long as your needs don’t include seeing a once-bitten apple on the backside.

Sony Smartwatch

The Sony Smartwatch ($149) gets you one step closer to being James Bond, and you could use the help, since we haven’t exactly seen you busting up terror cells or bedding a bevy of international babes recently. It connects to any Bluetooth-enabled Android device running Android 2.1, with the multi-touch display letting you get all your vital info at a glance on the 1.3-inch OLED display screen. We don’t recall Bond using his watch to listen to Bon Iver as he right-hooked Jaws in his silver grill, but you can use the Smartwatch to listen to your tunes as well. It does have competition, though.