Some cool and crazy gadgets never make it to our shores.

Here are a few sexy smartphones, tablets, cameras, and watches that you can't buy in the UK - so far.

We've also picked out four handsets that have Brits can get their hands on before Americans.

World's Smallest? Chobi Mini Digital Camera

 

There's small, and then there's really small. The Chobi camera, which measures a mere 1.7x11x.47inhas no problem fitting in the smallest of pockets. (It may get lost in there, though.)

This ultrasmall shooter captures still photos at 2048x536 resolution, and records video at 30 frames per second (fps) with a resolution of 1280x960.

It doubles as a voice recorder, as well, and has a MicroSD/MicroSDHC memory card slot.

Perhaps best suited for international spies (with really petite hands), Chobi seems an oddity in an era of ubiquitous mobile phone cameras.

Then again, this micro-cam is an instant conversation starter.

iPad Alternative? Eken-M0001 Android Tablet PC

This slate device is so affordable - a mere $140 (£92) - that it seems too good to be true.

The specs look pretty good: a 7in touchscreen display with 800x480 resolution, Android 1.6, a 600MHz WonderMedia ARM processor, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and 2GB of storage.

You can buy it only in Asia right now.

Unlike the hermetically sealed iPad, the Eken M001 has a plethora of ports, including an SD memory card slot that holds up to 32GB.

Naturally, an accelerometer lets you flip between portrait and landscape views. A featherweight at less than half a kilo, the M001 is easy to carry.

The big mystery is the battery life. We're betting that this bargain tablet won't rival the iPad's 10-hour life span.

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  1. Great gadgets we can't get yet
  2. Seahope Ant Watch and the Moonse E-7001 Android tablet
  3. LG Optimus and Sagem's Puma Phone
  4. Four handsets Brits can get before Americans
  5. HTC HD Mini and the Sony Xperia X10

Some cool and crazy gadgets never make it to our shores. Here are a few sexy smartphones, tablets, cameras, and watches that you can't buy in the UK - so far. We've also picked out four handsets that have Brits can get their hands on before Americans.

Brainteaser: Seahope Ants Watch

If a conventional analogue or digital watch is too boring for you, this quirky timepiece may be your thing.

The Ants watch features an LED display swarming with multicoloured crawlers that display the current time as some sort of entomological puzzle.

Your goal is to decipher the cryptic presentation - think insect hieroglyphics - to tell the time. Pricing starts at about £78.

Easy? Not exactly, but you can consult this detailed explanation; chances are, you'll need to crack open the manual to get started.

If the thought of illuminated ants makes your skin crawl, watchmaker Seahope sells a series of bizarro watches that are just as challenging.

iPad Imitator: Moonse E-7001 Android Tablet

At first glance, this 7in Android slate resembles a giant iPod Touch - perhaps more so than the Apple iPad itself does.

The Moonse E-7001, available for $199.99 (£131) at Chinese online retailer Shenit.com, runs Android 1.5 and has an 800x480-pixel touchscreen, a 600MHz ARM-based processor, Wi-Fi, and 2GB of on-board flash.

Like the iPad, the E-7001 has an accelerometer for setting portrait or landscape orientation.

Unlike the iPad, it offers an SDHC card slot for extra storage but provides no 3G broadband option.

One thing is for certain: Moonse has done a fine job of mimicking the iPod/iPhone look.

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Apple must be blushing - or perhaps pondering legal action.

NEXT PAGE: LG Optimus and Sagem's Puma Phone

  1. Great gadgets we can't get yet
  2. Seahope Ant Watch and the Moonse E-7001 Android tablet
  3. LG Optimus and Sagem's Puma Phone
  4. Four handsets Brits can get before Americans
  5. HTC HD Mini and the Sony Xperia X10

Some cool and crazy gadgets never make it to our shores. Here are a few sexy smartphones, tablets, cameras, and watches that you can't buy in the UK - so far. We've also picked out four handsets that have Brits can get their hands on before Americans.

Starter Smartphone: LG Optimus

LG's new Android handset is tailored for first-time smartphone users who may be intimidated by the seeming complexity of pricier devices.

Its social skills are its strong suit. On the home screen, the LG Optimus Social Networking System (SNS) widgets display real-time status updates from popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Bebo.

The highly customisable Optimus can display three to seven home screens, each with your choice of apps.

The 3Mp camera, relatively low-res by today's smartphone standards, knows some cool tricks such as geo-tagging and face-tagging.

The LG Optimus is expected to arrive in the UK later this month. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Sporty handset: Sagem's Puma Phone for athletes

The average smartphone isn't designed with exercise in mind, unless you consider tapping or swiping your finger to be a major calorie-burner.

The new Puma Phone is a notable exception. This sports-friendly handset is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who would rather cycle than text.

Runners and hikers can monitor the number of steps they've taken, and how many calories they've burned; cyclists can track distance, pace, and speed.

The Puma packs a 2.8in touchscreen, a 3.2Mp camera, GPS, and even a solar panel on the back for untethered charging.

The handset looks set to be launched later this month.

NEXT PAGE: Four handsets Brits can get before Americans

  1. Great gadgets we can't get yet
  2. Seahope Ant Watch and the Moonse E-7001 Android tablet
  3. LG Optimus and Sagem's Puma Phone
  4. Four handsets Brits can get before Americans
  5. HTC HD Mini and the Sony Xperia X10

Some cool and crazy gadgets never make it to our shores. Here are a few sexy smartphones, tablets, cameras, and watches that you can't buy in the UK - so far. We've also picked out four handsets that have Brits can get their hands on before Americans.

Here's four mobile phones Brits can get their hands on before Americans

Cool Drink: Acer Liquid E Smartphone

Though Acer is best for its laptops and netbooks, it makes smartphones too.

The Android-based Liquid E is Acer's first handset; the company plans to launch a few more this year.

The Liquid E's 3.5in, capacitive touchscreen display has an impressive 800x400-pixel resolution, and the phone's peppy Qualcomm Snapdragon processor provides enough power for demanding apps such as gaming and streaming video.

The Liquid E debuted in February and runs Android 2.1.

While the device's design and features seem good, the Liquid E may lack the wow factor necessary to grab headlines.

Would a built-in massager help?

OMG, OLED! Samsung Wave S8500 Smartphone

 

The Samsung Wave's Super-AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display may not be the biggest smartphone screen around, but it's arguably one of the best.

Featuring a 3.3in, capacitive touchscreen with 800x480 resolution, the Wave-currently on preorder - offers wider viewing angles and better outdoor readability than many of its competitors do.

Sheathed in a sleek aluminum shell, the phone runs on Samsung's own 1GHz processor.

It records video at 720p, and has a 5Mp camera with an LED flash.

The Wave is the first handset to use Samsung's Bada OS; whether developers will write apps for the fledging platform remains to be seen.

NEXT PAGE: HTC HD Mini and the Sony Xperia X10

  1. Great gadgets we can't get yet
  2. Seahope Ant Watch and the Moonse E-7001 Android tablet
  3. LG Optimus and Sagem's Puma Phone
  4. Four handsets Brits can get before Americans
  5. HTC HD Mini and the Sony Xperia X10

Some cool and crazy gadgets never make it to our shores. Here are a few sexy smartphones, tablets, cameras, and watches that you can't buy in the UK - so far. We've also picked out four handsets that have Brits can get their hands on before Americans.

Mighty Mite: HTC HD Mini Smartphone

HTC sells so many well-received smartphones, including the Hero and the Desire.

The HTC HD Mini is a Windows Mobile 6.5 device - a rarity in the vendor's increasingly Android-based lineup - that packs a lot of functionality into a small package. It's on sale now for about £329.99 unlocked.

Sporting a bright, 3.2in, 320x480-pixel capacitive touchscreen, as well as a 5Mp camera and HTC's easy-to-navigate Sense interface, the HD Mini has a lot to offer.

However, with the imminent arrival of Windows Phone 7 devices, the HD Mini may be behind the times.

Beautiful Stranger: Sony Xperia X10 Smartphone

Sony's sleek and slim Android handets, the Xperia X10, has a 4in display that's dazzling, but there's much more to this phone than just a pretty face.

The 8Mp camera snaps great photos, and the 1GHz processor packs plenty of punch for demanding smartphone apps.

Sony's UX interface has some nifty features, including a great media player that recommends music.

See also: This year's 15 most anticipated mobile technologies

  1. Great gadgets we can't get yet
  2. Seahope Ant Watch and the Moonse E-7001 Android tablet
  3. LG Optimus and Sagem's Puma Phone
  4. Four handsets Brits can get before Americans
  5. HTC HD Mini and the Sony Xperia X10