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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (SM-N930)

Conclusions The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is undoubtedly one of the best phablets available, but at...

97 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (G935)

Samsung has developed an outstanding smartphone visually and technically, and it sets standards...

164 expert reviews | 5078 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

OnePlus 3

I purchased my first OnePlus product and am already questioning why I pay $200 to $500 more for...

66 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930)

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

190 expert reviews | 3447 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Apple iPhone SE

Just because the iPhone SE looks like an old device doesn't mean it acts like one. Apple squeezed...

148 expert reviews | 6223 user reviews

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alaScore 98

HTC 10

DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on...

146 expert reviews | 150 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple iPhone 7

Comparisons and Conclusions There's a simple question this year: Are the iPhone 7's new features...

68 expert reviews | 144 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Huawei P9 Plus

The Huawei P9 Plus certainly offers a lot. It's thin, has a great battery, plus a nice 5.5 inch...

42 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Huawei Google Nexus 6P

The Nexus 6P is a great handset, which brings a lot of value for the money. As the high-end Nexus...

141 expert reviews | 1169 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Software and Conclusions The phone runs stock Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow . There are no real UI...

54 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

LG G5

The LG G5 reflects a significant change in strategy for LG. The company continues to commit to...

145 expert reviews | 906 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Huawei P9

I finished writing my review of the Huawei P9 on Friday. Today's Tuesday, I have a Galaxy S7 and...

132 expert reviews | 171 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy S6 (SM-G920)

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a big step ahead in many ways. First of all, you get a classy chassis...

200 expert reviews | 27957 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus / Edge+ (G928)

Had the Galaxy S6 Edge+ been released simultaneously with the Galaxy S6 Edge, then it would have...

128 expert reviews | 4148 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Apple iPhone 6s Plus

It was already indicated in the preview: The new Apple iPhone 6S Plus will noticeably raise the...

131 expert reviews | 5165 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple iPhone 6s

The predecessor of our current review unit did not get to the top of our Top 10 Smartphone...

185 expert reviews | 11898 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Motorola Moto G4

If you're on the hunt for an affordable phone with pretty long battery life, the Motorola Moto G4...

33 expert reviews | 30 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Huawei P9 lite

Of course the P9 Lite isn't quite as good as the P9. But when you factor in the substantially...

36 expert reviews | 223 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi's impressive Mi 5 has the features to stand up against the very best, but it's a shame it...

43 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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alaScore 96

LG Nexus 5X / Google Nexus 5X

The at first glance relatively restrained-looking Nexus 5X conceals cutting-edge technology under...

148 expert reviews | 2160 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony Xperia X

Software and Conclusions The Xperia X comes running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow . Sony isn't...

79 expert reviews | 134 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Comparisons and Conclusions There's a simple question this year: Are the iPhone 7's new features...

16 expert reviews | 120 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925 / SM-G9250)

With or without a rounded display, the smartphones from the Galaxy S6-series are equipped with...

238 expert reviews | 18073 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Huawei Mate 8

The Huawei Mate 8 is a very good handset across the board, but its main strengths reside in its...

90 expert reviews | 522 user reviews

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alaScore 95

LG G4 (H815 / H812 / H810 / H811)

LG has developed a good premium smartphone with its G4. Opting for the somewhat weaker Snapdragon...

210 expert reviews | 6286 user reviews

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    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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