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OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T is a worthy successor to the OnePlus 3. However, the task has not been too...

61 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8's fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but...

88 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 7

The iPhone 7's notable camera, battery and water resistance improvements are worthwhile upgrades...

124 expert reviews | 1760 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (G935)

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

194 expert reviews | 7613 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Huawei Mate 9

Huawei's Mate 9 is a strict evolution of its high-end phablet. It is another step ahead in terms...

87 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Google Pixel XL

The Google Pixel XL is a very good smartphone. However, its core feature, the Google Assistant...

78 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (SM-N930)

Samsung offers another great smartphone with the Galaxy Note 7, which does not have a real...

145 expert reviews | 212 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The Apple iPhone 7 will certainly not be remembered as a revolution on the smartphone market. If...

56 expert reviews | 1360 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930)

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

225 expert reviews | 5276 user reviews

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alaScore 97

HTC 10

HTC has developed an excellent piece of technology with its new top smartphone, which many would...

170 expert reviews | 302 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520)

We take away two things about the S7 and the new A5 after using both for a while: these are two...

35 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

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alaScore 97

OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 3 is a successful smartphone that not only offers a solid configuration, but also...

96 expert reviews | 134 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Lenovo P2

At the end of the day, the Lenovo P2 is a big phone with a big battery and a small price.

21 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple iPhone SE

Apple still loves building compact smartphones, even though the last generations grew...

145 expert reviews | 7365 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei P9

The Chinese company continues the success story of its P series with the Huawei P9, and...

157 expert reviews | 454 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei P10

The Huawei P10 camera experience is so stellar its photos will convince your friends you're a pro.

30 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

LG G5

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

195 expert reviews | 1086 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Sony Xperia XZ

The visionary, the Xperia XZ, is sadly not strong enough to ignite a revolution. In many ways...

69 expert reviews | 212 user reviews

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Motorola Moto G4 Plus

The 32 GB version of the Moto G4 Plus is currently 15 Euros (~$17) more expensive than the Moto...

82 expert reviews | 554 user reviews

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alaScore 96

LG G6 / LG G6 Dual H870DS

The LG G6 is a gorgeous phone and those wary of Samsung should get it.

34 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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Motorola Moto Z Play

As with the Moto Z, one of the main features of the Moto Z Play is its expandability via Moto...

52 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 8

The Honor 8 finds itself in an interesting position. In the US market, there’s quite a few phones...

72 expert reviews | 50 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Xiaomi Mi MIX

The highlight of the Mi Mix is certainly its unusual 6.4-inch IPS screen that is almost...

24 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 95

ZTE Axon 7

ZTE has not promised too much: The Axon 7 easily matches upper-range smartphones, such as...

37 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus / Edge+ (G928)

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

166 expert reviews | 5096 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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