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Huawei P20 Pro

Chris is Engadget's senior mobile editor and moonlights as a professional moment ruiner. His...

52 expert reviews | 242 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ / S9 Plus

Each year we look to Samsung's Galaxy S release as the smartphone that will be purchased by the...

60 expert reviews | 1219 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S9

TRUE NEXT-GENERATION FEATURES

97 expert reviews | 1570 user reviews

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OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T is a great smartphone for smart spenders: A good price, low power consumption and...

72 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Apple iPhone X

The specifications and features of the Apple iPhone X are very similar to the iPhone 8 Plus, but...

99 expert reviews | 2414 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note8

Samsung has again launched a superb product with the Galaxy Note 8 and there is no real...

145 expert reviews | 857 user reviews

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a strong high-end smartphone, which is even fairly affordable compared...

98 expert reviews | 851 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S8

With its Galaxy S8, Samsung has created a superb product that scores even a bit better than its...

203 expert reviews | 4508 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S8+ / Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Samsung's Galaxy S8 Plus is an excellent smartphone, which does not reveal any serious weaknesses...

106 expert reviews | 2700 user reviews

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Honor View 10 / Huawei Honor V10

The Honor View 10 is very trendy with its narrow bezels and large display. Considering the...

52 expert reviews | 66 user reviews

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HTC U11

Despite the fact that HTC didn't modify the design too much, the U11 looks distinctly different...

114 expert reviews | 311 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus offers slightly more than its smaller sibling. We are not only talking about...

61 expert reviews | 1219 user reviews

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Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony gets a lot right with the Xperia XZ2. The design feels sleek and modern, it has solid...

49 expert reviews | 247 user reviews

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OnePlus 5

There are lots of interesting questions to answer after our review of the OnePlus 5. So let us...

109 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 9

Yes, that is life with beautiful daughters: sometimes the mother can become jealous. At least...

63 expert reviews | 1153 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 7X

Android smartphones in the $200 to $250 USD range are quite common from Chinese manufacturers...

59 expert reviews | 157 user reviews

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LG V30

AN EXCELLENT ALTERNATIVE TO ANY 5.5 TO 6.0 PHONES

61 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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Google Pixel 2

Google’s focus for and main selling point of its latest smartphones is the combination of...

62 expert reviews | 147 user reviews

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Huawei Mate 10

The Huawei Mate 10 is an outstanding smartphone. The few minor quibbles – the (in our case at...

30 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 might be the last of its kind, the last Apple smartphone with a home button and IPS...

79 expert reviews | 1726 user reviews

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Google Pixel 2 XL / Google Pixel XL2

Google’s focus and the main selling point of its latest smartphones is the combination of...

79 expert reviews | 152 user reviews

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a high-end smartphone with a 4.6-inch display, and such a small...

45 expert reviews | 202 user reviews

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Motorola Moto X4 / Motorola Moto X (2017) / Motorola Moto X (4th gen.)

Motorola has introduced a stylish, high-quality midrange smartphone to the market that surprises...

72 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

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Sony Xperia XZ1 / Sony Xperia XZ1 Dual F8342

Xperia smartphones are still easily distinguishable by their unique design, and the XZ1 fits...

62 expert reviews | 398 user reviews

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Motorola Moto G6

The Moto G6 defines what a good value smartphone should be like by including all the features and...

18 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Cell Phones

    Cell phones have become the indispensable personal technology device of the 21st century, and it is increasingly difficult to think of a time when we did not have instant mobile telecommunications connectivity available in the convenience of a pocket-sized device. Cell phones are evolving to allow faster texting, Web surfing, GPS navigation, and social networking while keeping up with their day job - voice calling. There is an almost limitless selection of cell phone models on the market, but purchasing a cell phone is ultimately about choosing a service provider as well – finding the provider with the network technology that meets your individual needs is the key to making the right choice.



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    Cell Phone Network Formats

    Cell phones and network services are available in two major (and largely incompatible) formats that offer different advantages:

    • CDMA – CDMA network coverage is very strong in the United States, especially in rural areas that are otherwise inaccessible to wireless communications, and thus are a popular choice for domestic consumers. Sprint, Verizon, MetroPCS and US Cellular are the major CDMA carriers.
    • GSM – GSM network coverage is good in the United States, but much stronger throughout the world, and is a common choice for international consumers. GSM also has convenient SIM card technology, which makes it easier to swap and upgrade phones. AT&T and T-Mobile are the major GSM carriers.

    Rare exceptions do exist. Some GSM phones do not work overseas, while a few of the newer CDMA cell phones can accommodate GSM networks internationally. Confusing? A little bit, but if you do your homework and ask questions, you will find a cell phone and a service provider that works for you.

    What to Look for in a Cell Phone

    Style: Flip phones and candy bar models are the most common, but slider phones are popular as well. Swivel phones are also available, but they are relatively few in number. Standard cell phones, for people who use them mostly for simply making and receiving phone calls, come in a compact package at an excellent price – however, texting and advanced Internet connectivity are not optimized. Smart phones and keyboard devices are larger and heavier, but accommodate texting, emailing, and web-surfing much more comfortably.

    Features: As a general rule, you shouldn't buy anything more than you need. Beyond extras such as a keyboard or web-browsing software, consider what extras you would like. Most phones feature a still camera, but many others upgrade to take full motion video. Smart phones allow you to unify all multi-media functions – pictures, video, MP3s, games, and more. GPS with directional services is an increasingly popular feature. Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and AT&T offer their own GPS services while other handsets, like the iPhone, use Google Maps.

    Bluetooth: This feature lets you wirelessly connect via low-frequency radio waves with external devices, such as a headset for making calls. Some phones support stereo Bluetooth headsets for music and other multimedia. And some can wirelessly exchange pictures, contacts, and other files with other compatible Bluetooth devices, such as a computer, cell phone, or printer.

    3G Network: Not all networks use the same frequencies for 3G coverage. If you want to use your phone's advanced connectivity features, you'll need a cell phone that works on your host country's 3G network. Maybe you're hearing a lot about 4G as wireless carriers begin upgrading their networks to fourth-generation wireless communications. Carriers say 4G will alleviate network congestion, and allow faster streaming, downloading, video chats, and uploading of HD videos and other large files. Anyway, phones that support the 3G networks are still fine for Web browsing, streaming videos or music, and downloading files.

    Battery Life: Large phones, especially smart phones with many features consume battery life quickly and require more frequent recharging. Simple handsets are more efficient and can be kept off the plug for much longer. At the very least, you'll want a cellular phone with more than three hours of continuous talk time and more than five days of standby time (three days for smart phones).

    Popular Cell Phone Brands

    Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson are all familiar names, and each one is known for delivering good phones at competitive prices – each of these manufacturers has models at every level of performance and price. Blackberry and HTC are leaders in the smart phone market, and are popular choices for business travelers who need connectivity on the go.

    Apple is almost a category in itself with its extremely popular iPhone. The iPhone offers full smart phone performance: beyond making and receiving phone calls, you can play MP3s, surf the web, send emails, play games, and much more. There are also a host of iPhone applications that give you GPS-enabled directions, help you find restaurants and entertainment, and provide a number of 'lifestyle enhancements'.

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