7 Totally Different Phones That Are So NOT iPhones

When you look around on the streets, the subway, and in bars, you might notice that most smartphones look more or less the same. People are either carrying an iPhone or an Android, a rectangular slab with a screen taking up most of the front of the phone and a home button beneath.

It didn't used to be that way. Before the homogenous touchscreen smartphone, there was the flip phone (remember the pink Motorola Razr?) and keyboard-wielding BlackBerries and Sidekicks, which had a snazzy swivel-out screen or keyboard.

If time proves anything, it's that phones come in many shapes and sizes and what's popular today may go out of fashion in a year or two. Perhaps today's popular drab slab is slowly on the way out. If you need any convincing, consider the pebble-shaped Runcible or the AQUOS Crystal, a phone with an edgeless screen, something that most iPhone addicts have been wanting for years.

Click through to check out seven of the craziest phones out there. And don't be too incredulous — these could be in the palm of your hand in the not-too-distant future.
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Photo: YotaPhone.

"What if we are just used to a one-sided world?"

That's the question posed in a promotional video for YotaPhone, the world's first dual-screen smartphone.

By using e-ink (the same tech used for Kindles and e-readers), this Android phone is a multitasker's dreams come true. You can be checking Instagram on the front screen while keeping up with news alerts on what is traditionally considered the back of the phone.

The coolest part is that you can customize what's on the back. So, if you want to see a dashboard with information about your battery life and incoming messages, you can. Or you can use it to read a book, instead.
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Photo: LG.
G Flex

Forget flat phones. The future is all about the curve. At least, that's what LG is thinking with its G Flex phone. The phone even has a curved battery to fit the shape — no small feat.

It may not fit as comfortably in your bag as a flat phone (not to mention that buying a regular case is out of the question) but the 6-inch curved display does improve video viewing. And if you like to keep your phone in your back pocket, well, that curve comes in handy there, too.

But LG isn't the only company playing with phone flexibility...
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Photo: Lenovo.
Moxi Bendable Phone

Call it the return of the slap bracelet. Lenovo and other tech companies have showed off prototypes of smart phones that can completely bend to fit around your wrist, in addition to laying flat like traditional phones.

How can a phone bend? A flexible prototype from China's Moxi Group uses graphene to accomplish the task. It's the same material used to make rubber more elastic (among other amazing uses).

There's no word yet on a for-sale date on either prototype in the U.S., but it's clear that more and more companies are making the technology a priority.
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Photo: Indiegogo.com/Runcible.

Is it a pebble? A clock? A frisbee? None of the above.

The Runcible is a smartphone marketed as the anti-smartphone. Yes, it can make calls, take photos, give you GPS directions, and let you access the internet, as your iPhone or Android can. But according to the phone's Indiegogo campaign (it was successfully funded at the end of last month), "Unlike your smartphone, Runcible is a timeless piece of art and technology to cherish for years or decades."

We'll have to wait to find out if this rounded, palm-sized device actually offers the "quiet serenity" it's designed to, but regardless, it is uniquely beautiful. The Runcible may soon be available for early adopters.
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Photo: Google.
Project Ara

Google's Project Ara brings a modular, Lego-like design to your phone. Just like connecting Lego or puzzle pieces, you can move pieces of the phone around along the grid on back and take out or add new pieces. This means you can put on a new camera lens or speaker whenever you want — no new phone necessary.

If all goes successfully, this could be the most personalized phone yet. The version for developers will start shipping this fall, so it's one step closer to coming to consumers.
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Photo: Sharp USA.
AQUOS Crystal

Sharp's AQUOS Crystal phone brings a wide-screen TV to your smartphone. Yes, you still have a small panel along the bottom of the phone, but the screen above is one impressive-looking edge-to-edge display.

The AQUOS Crystal has an edgeless screen, which makes you feel totally immersed in whatever you're viewing. It's also a nice way to view photos as you take them with the camera. A "Framing Advisor" helps you better align your images.
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Photo: No Phone.
No Phone

Okay, so the No Phone isn't actually a phone. Calling itself the "least advanced phone, ever" — which, at $10, it is — the Shark Tank competitor is designed for the phone addict in all of us.

It is completely useless, but a humorous (if slightly concerning) idea all the same. This SELFIE version has a stick-on reflective mirror for the phone addict who is also a selfie addict. If you want to leave your phone at home, but feel naked without a "phone" in your hand, this might be the set of training wheels you need.