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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Plus / Edge+ (SM-G928F)

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

101 expert reviews | 2265 user reviews

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LG G4 / LG G4 H815

LG has demonstrated its dedication to excellence in mobile technology with the launch of the LG...

149 expert reviews | 3033 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 6s

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

102 expert reviews | 479 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S6

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

152 expert reviews | 12953 user reviews

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Motorola Moto X Play (2015) / X Play Dual SIM / Verizon Droid Maxx 2

Motorola proves that it is not only OnePlus that can build affordable smartphones that rock the...

57 expert reviews | 205 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 6s Plus

The S models from Apple are usually just a gentle update of the iPhones in combination with a...

76 expert reviews | 367 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Is the Galaxy Note 5 worth the upgrade if you already have a Note 4 or Galaxy S6? The push-button...

73 expert reviews | 4149 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

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

168 expert reviews | 10444 user reviews

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Google Nexus 6P / Huawei Nexus 6P

First impressions. Short measurements before our full review on the Google smartphone.

47 expert reviews

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Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd gen) / G3 Dual SIM / G3 / XT1541

Motorola again delivers a good mid-range smartphone with its new Moto G, which convinces with...

72 expert reviews | 1247 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z5

After the review of the Sony Xperia Z3+ we wanted a very good flagship device from Sony that is...

54 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) is an excellent smartphone. The material impression is now...

193 expert reviews | 9536 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is a really great smartphone. The new design is very convenient and the manufacturer...

162 expert reviews | 37779 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 7

The Huawei Honor 7 is a well-built, all-metal phone. It seems to have been specifically targeted...

45 expert reviews | 382 user reviews

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Huawei Mate S

Huawei's Mate S is a successful smartphone that primarily convinces with its outstanding build...

55 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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Motorola Moto X Style (2015) / Pure Edition

With Motorola's Moto X Style, the buyer opts for a good smartphone that we can recommend despite...

52 expert reviews | 432 user reviews

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Huawei P8

The Huawei P8 shows that the Chinese can build very good smartphones. The device can impress in...

84 expert reviews | 699 user reviews

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HTC One M9 / HTC M9 / HTC One Hima

The HTC One M9, unfortunately, lacks any real innovations, but the Taiwanese manufacturer can...

151 expert reviews | 907 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is a very good and compact smartphone with an impressive set of...

52 expert reviews | 107 user reviews

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OnePlus 2 / OnePlus Two

The OnePlus 2 is a really good smartphone, even though it is not quite the advertised flagship...

69 expert reviews | 527 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus

It is unusually big, but still an iPhone. We miss the familiar perfection of Apple in the case of...

183 expert reviews | 7951 user reviews

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Hot potato. The LG G3 has received much acclaim and we cannot deny that we looked forward to the...

210 expert reviews | 11847 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony does it again: Introduces a new model after a couple of months and actually managed to...

120 expert reviews | 4223 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 6 Plus / Huawei Honor 6x

The Honor 6+ from Huawei’s subsidiary is a successful smartphone, which does have a good camera...

60 expert reviews | 265 user reviews


    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.


    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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