Samsung Galaxy Note

Remember that ex-girlfriend? The one who always insisted that size matters? Well, call her up and tell her the smartphone of her dreams has arrived. The Samsung Galaxy Note features a massive 5.3” WXGA (1280 x 800) HD Super AMOLED display. Is that big enough for you, Jennifer? Well, is it?! Sorry. Back to the phone now. The 3G Note also comes with Samsung’s S Pen stylus which lets you take notes or doodle poodles right on your phone. Under the hood you’ll find a dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and 1 GB RAM. The 8 megapixel camera also captures 1080p video, and it comes loaded with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is much more than we can say for Jennifer.

Motorola Droid Razr

Ready to blow your friend’s mind? When he asks you what kind of phone you have, tell him it’s a Razr… wait a few seconds for the chuckles to die down, then shock his world when you whip out the brand new Motorola Droid Razr. Verizon’s newest and perhaps most lethal smartphone does indeed borrow half its name from the trendy Razr of the mid-2000s, but after the super-slim profile, the similarities come screeching to a halt. The Droid Razr packs a dual–core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of LP DDR2 RAM, and a 4.3” Super AMOLED display to show off the 8MP pictures and 1080p video of your buddy’s jaw landing on the floor. Motorola has thought of everything – including the fact that your friend may be so jealous that he attempts to shoot you – so  the Razr is shielded with a kevlar backplate. Add to that some reinforced Gorilla Glass, and you’ll have Captain America dealing with some serious shield envy. Pick one up for $299 with a new 2-year deal.

HTC Rezound

The HTC Rezound hits the shores as the first phone equipped with the Beats Technology. No doubt it’s a phone for the manly man. With a 13.65mm shell and casing that is virtually slip-outta-your-hand resistant, the Rezound offers users stylish functionality with the same level of precision and smoothness that they’re used to from the iPhone4 and 4S. HTC’s invested $30m into the Beats technology, and now is the time to reap the dividends.

As for the phone, if your vision isn’t quite what is used to be, you’ll be happy to know that the screen size borders on the obnoxious, coming in with a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD display. It sports a 1.5GHz processor inside, 1GB Ram and 16GB of internal storage. There’s a front-facing 8MP camera to document your wild nights. The Rezound also comes with customized Beats earphones. Get your grubby paws on this one November 14th for $299 with contract.

Republic Wireless

Tired of dropped calls, overage charges, and that annoying guy with glasses who has but one facial expression in his acting bag of tricks? Good news kids! The new carrier, Republic Wireless, will be opening its doors on November 8th to offer consumers unlimited calls, texts, and data for just $19. Republic can offer this plan by relying on Wi-Fi calling, but callers will default to a mobile network when they’re outside of Wi-Fi range. With Republic, customers will get one bill, one number, and their phones will automatically switch between Wi-Fi and cellular connections as needed.

As the big carriers phase out unlimited data plans, Republic Wireless just might fill that void. I know, I know…the real question is, what handsets will Republic offer? Oh, glad you asked. Customized Android phones will be required, so keep that in mind. But which Android phone you say. That my friends, is still TBD. Stay tuned for more details.

Nokia Lumia 800, the “First Real Windows phone”

Nokia officially debuted the Lumia 800, dubbed the “first real Windows phone”. Since the iPhone’s introduction in 2007, Nokia has lost $88b in market value. With this sharp release, they hope to recapture that money $585 at a time (retail price of the Lumia 800). Once in sight, the Lumia 800’s color immediately pops out at you. Whether it’s black, cyan or pink, you likely will not find anything else like this on the market. You’ll want to coo over it and tuck it in a night. It’s that precious. Get past the snazzy color and you get a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, powered by a 1.4GHZ CPU. Onboard storage comes in at 16GB, along with 25GB of Skydrive space.

A matte finish prevents those pesky fingerprints (or what I like to call, “evidence”) from showing up. The dedicated camera button lets you click away to your delight, using the Carl Zeiss Tessar lens inside, capable of producing 8MP. One missing feature is a front facing camera. That means you still need a bathroom mirror to take those solo shots of yours.

When it comes to apps though, Windows Marketplace lags far behind, having only 1/10th of the iOS App Store. Nevertheless, get this beauty in enough hands and we’ll have a three way dogfight underway between iOS, Android and Windows.

For the euro-inclined, this will run €480. Rollout hits France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November. Later, it winds its way to Asia and hopefully, takes up residence stateside before too long.

LG Optimus 3D Smartphone

LG plans to bring the world’s first 3D Augmented Reality (AR) smartphone to Europe starting this summer. A phased roll-out to the rest of the world follows. Optimus 3D contains the world’s first 3D AR browser, Wikitude 3D, that works by overlaying information on surroundings, including graphics, audio and more. The browser presents these places, landmarks and objects in 3D, providing better interaction for the user.

Want to know who built the Empire State Building? Wikitude 3D includes information on over 100 million locations in the world, which should be a boon for tourists. Possible uses could also include user-generated information on lesser known hotspots, such as skate parks, trail runs or whatever the imagination holds. Record, view and share your 3D recordings with the HDMI port. Best part? It’s glasses-free. Meaning you don’t have to wear those clunky glasses to watch 3D. No seriously, you can take them off now.

Get your glasses-less 3D on on June 6 when the Optimus 3D is scheduled to be released. UK residents can pre-order an unlocked version for $795.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930

RIM just announced its thinnest smartphone yet, the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 aka the BlackBerry Bold Touch, releases this summer. The phone runs on a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, includes NFC connectivity and a capacitive touchscreen interface, and support for HSPA+ data networks or CDMA/EVDO with GSM voice. RIM will run on BlackBerry 7 (BlackBerry OS 6.1).

Included is an interesting product called Balance. Balance allows remote wiping and full app control preventing for example, copying text from an e-mail to app. This will surely interest the corporate crowd. It ensures separation of corporate and personal content and will likely lead to greater adoption by the personal user.