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There’s an Android smartphone maker and an impressive phone on the list for you.
Alcatel-Lucent is a French tech firm doing some creative thinking about how to make smartphones better. And there’s no better illustration of that than the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Android, an “orientation-free” phone that can take calls even when held upside-down. Engadget explains that the phone, which is available in a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch model, features a symmetrical design with a speaker and a microphone at each end of the phone (which, conveniently, also enables you to use the two front-facing speakers in stereo mode when watching videos or listening to music). Alcatel OneTouch global design director C.W. Park said that his team focused on a specific pain point when designing the phone: how clumsy it is to pick up your phone from your pocket or bag and orient it the right way when your hands are already occupied.