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Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Like its slimmer Galaxy S6 sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge aims for the smartphone crown. The...

80 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 6

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Smartphones that are small in size, but big on performance are a dying breed. With the Xperia Z3...

119 expert reviews | 373 user reviews

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HTC One M9 / Hima

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910)

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

166 expert reviews | 345 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (SM-N915)

For a street price of 749 Euros (~$853), you should get quite a cool smartphone, and Samsung can...

86 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus

The extra display sizes make everything better. Slimmer, sexier tech. No more need to "go...

129 expert reviews | 1697 user reviews

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HTC One M8 / HTC One 2014 / HTC One Plus / HTC One 2

HTC launched the One M8 at Rs 49,990 however, you can find it everywhere for about Rs 47,000...

289 expert reviews | 1718 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z3

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Google Nexus 6 by Motorola

The Nexus 6 is a phablet that fits well into the Nexus-series: Sturdy, nice design and fast with...

104 expert reviews | 69 user reviews

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LG G Flex 2

Buyers have to pony up quite a bit for the uniqueness of LG's G Flex 2. This was already one of...

70 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Huawei Ascend Mate 7

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Motorola Moto G 4G / LTE (2014)

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Samsung Galaxy S5

iPhone 6 With Curved Display And Rounded Edges Gets Pictured In Concept...

311 expert reviews | 4404 user reviews

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LG G3

The LG G3 Beat has an elegant design and borrows a lot from its elder sibling – the flagship LG...

192 expert reviews | 997 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850)

Samsung shines with the Galaxy Alpha's premium metal design, but its features don't match the...

114 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

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Huawei Ascend P8

Huawei seems to have developed a round product with its P8. The design is attractive, and it is...

39 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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HTC Desire Eye

HTC's Desire Eye is yet another flagship smartphone that is not clad in elegant aluminum. However...

74 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen.) / (2014)

The second generation Moto X comes with upgrades not just in terms of build quality, but also the...

60 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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LG G4

LG is getting ready to launch the LG G4 and is bucking the trend of moving to integrated storage...

37 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

At Rs 36,990, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is nearly the same price as the Xperia Z1, which makes...

159 expert reviews | 1265 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 5S

. With impressive new tech and an even better camera in tow, the iPhone 5s is another superb...

229 expert reviews | 5141 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy A3

Basically, Samsung has managed a fantastic comeback with its Galaxy A series. However, this also...

42 expert reviews | 52 user reviews

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Nokia Lumia 640

More RAM, a front-facing camera, higher resolution - the list of improvements is pretty long when...

29 expert reviews | 6 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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