By Frank Ling

The last two months have turned out to be really exciting for electronics fans not only because of the debut of Apple’s iPhone 5, but also because of the enormous amount of new hardware that has been unveiled to the public.

We’ll go over the highlights regarding all the new devices and show that there was news outside of the launch of the iPhone 5!

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820
Up first are two of Nokia’s newest Windows 8 powered smartphones—its flagship Lumia 920 and its little brother, the Lumia 820.

The Lumia 920 has a good deal of features that include a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display with a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, an 8.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, wireless charging pad, and Nokia’s signature colorful polycarbonate case bodies.

The Lumia 820 has many of the features of the 920 with the exception of a smaller display of 4.3-inches, a smaller battery capacity, and smaller overall case dimensions.

In addition both smartphones include Nokia Music, which is a free streaming music service, location display software (Nokia City Lens) that will point out restaurants and other points of interest in the phone’s display, PureView Technology, Microsoft Office compatibility, and composite photo editing software called SmartShoot.

The prices for these new Lumia smartphones haven’t been announced yet. The expected release date for these models will be in “select markets” sometime before the end of 2012.

Motorola steps up
The most successful phones made by Motorola are its RAZR phones. The company continues this lineage by introducing three new RAZR phones to the public, whcih will all be available "before the Chirstmas shopping season."

Droid RAZR M
This entry level offering is slated to be the most affordable of the three new RAZR phones. This model sports the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, a Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, a dual-core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor, a micro SD slot for increased storage capacity, an 8-megapixel back-facing camera, LTE capability, and a Kevlar case back.

For those out there who want the sharpest detail on their smartphone display, Motorola’s RAZR HD is just what the doctor ordered. The Super AMOLED HD display has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, microSD slot, and LTE connectivity.

The RAZR Maxx has essentially the same stats as the RAZR HD except for a larger 3,300MaH battery for extended talk time and operation.

New Amazon tablets
Amazon’s best selling Kindle Fire tablet has been upgraded to HD status and offers more speed, storage, and RAM than its predecessor. The Kindle Fire HD is offered in two screen sizes: a 7-inch model and an 8.9-inch model.

The Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet features a 1280x800 display with a polarizing filter to cut down on glare, Dolby audio, dual speakers, dual-band antennas for speedier WiFi downloads and Internet surfing, a 1.2 dual-core processor, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and unlimited free cloud storage for Amazon content.

The 16GB Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet is priced at $199, while the 32GB version is $299.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch Wi-Fi tablet has a 1920 x 1200 pixel HD display screen, 1.5 GHz processor, and the same features as the 7-inch Kindle HD model. The pricing is $299 for the 16GB version, and $369 for the 32GB version.

There is also a Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch 4G LTE version in two models; the 16GB tablet for $499 and the 32GB version for $599. Amazon offers one-time payment of $49.99 for 250GB of data per month for an entire year through the AT&T network

The original Kindle Fire, which first retailed for $199 less than a year ago, has had an upgrade to a faster processor, longer battery life, and more RAM for a reduced price of $159.

It’s a wrap
With so many new electronic goodies on the scene, it’ll be hard not to buy at least a few of them. But the good news is that old electronics can always be traded in for cash, and this can help to offset the price of your new toys!

Frank Ling is the National Technology Examiner for He is a writer, professional photographer, and video editor. One of his all-time favorite jobs was working at a large video game publisher as a QA trainer for testing game software.

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