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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...

89 expert reviews | 1853 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...

73 expert reviews | 391 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...

66 expert 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...

159 expert reviews | 3686 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...

121 expert reviews | 608 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...

104 expert reviews | 225 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...

55 expert reviews | 897 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...

101 expert reviews | 3 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...

93 expert reviews | 2263 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 9

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

58 expert reviews | 931 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...

54 expert reviews | 94 user 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...

63 expert reviews | 1251 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...

60 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 7X

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

20 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

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LG V30

The LG V30 is a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL. If...

41 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Last month we took a look at the Moto G5, one of the two Moto G models released this year. What...

62 expert reviews | 760 user reviews

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Oh Sony, how great it is that for the second time you have made a high-end smartphone with...

90 expert reviews | 413 user reviews

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Huawei P10

Huawei again presents a superb product that does not need to accept much criticism with its P10...

96 expert reviews | 760 user reviews

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Nokia 8

The Nokia 8 scores with its superbly built aluminum casing and a very bright, 5.3-inch QHD screen...

33 expert reviews | 213 user reviews

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Huawei Mate 10 Lite / Nova 2i / Honor 9i / Maigmang 6

The smallest and most affordable member of the Mate 10 family turned out to be very interesting...

27 expert reviews | 487 user reviews

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LG G6 / LG G6 Dual H870DS

The LG G6 is not only a simple update of the high-end smartphone, but it follows a completely new...

133 expert reviews | 299 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...

38 expert reviews | 168 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...

52 expert reviews | 233 user reviews

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 / Xiaomi Mi Mix Evo

It's already difficult to avoid people claiming that Apple invented the zero-bezel mobile phone...

31 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930)

While the Samsung Galaxy S6 with its new metal chassis was a revolution for Samsung's flagship...

236 expert reviews | 16547 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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