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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...

77 expert reviews | 1080 user 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...

154 expert reviews | 1449 user reviews

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alaScore 99

OnePlus 5

There are lots of interesting questions to answer after our review of the OnePlus 5. So let us...

69 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

HTC U11

Despite the fact that HTC didn't modify the design too much, the U11 looks distinctly different...

84 expert reviews | 20 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...

74 expert reviews | 130 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Huawei P10

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

90 expert reviews | 143 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (G935)

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

204 expert reviews | 17130 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Huawei P10 Plus

As with the 5.1-inch Huawei's P10, there is not much to criticize in the larger 5.5-inch Huawei...

41 expert reviews | 62 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple iPhone 7

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

144 expert reviews | 7641 user reviews

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alaScore 97

OnePlus 3T

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

74 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

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Motorola Moto G5 Plus

With a long list of features you want and only a few that you don't, there is no better budget...

55 expert reviews | 307 user reviews

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alaScore 97

LG G6 / LG G6 Dual H870DS

Let us summarize the pros of the LG G6: very good display to body ratio, case is dust and water...

128 expert reviews | 121 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930)

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

231 expert reviews | 12199 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The 9th generation of the iPhone also leaves a good impression and remains one of the best...

78 expert reviews | 3857 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple iPhone SE

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

164 expert reviews | 13946 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei Mate 9

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

104 expert reviews | 168 user reviews

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alaScore 96

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...

50 expert reviews | 1294 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei Honor 9

The Honor 9 is nice to look at and to hold. The brand has done a solid job with the design...

25 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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alaScore 96

OnePlus 3

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

108 expert reviews | 143 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Motorola Moto G5

The Moto G5 is the phone to get if you want an everyday phone for as little possible, but if you...

39 expert reviews | 1233 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Google Pixel XL

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

93 expert reviews | 160 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei Honor 8 Pro / Honor V9

The Huawei Honor 8 Pro's great specs and affordable price make it a worthy option if you want...

40 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (SM-N930)

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

157 expert reviews | 212 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Apple iPhone 6s

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

203 expert reviews | 19027 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Lenovo P2

We already mentioned that the battery life of Lenovo's P2 is fantastic in the introduction...

29 expert reviews | 192 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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