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Updated: Aug 13, 2018 22:51


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Huawei P20 Pro

Chris is Engadget's senior mobile editor and moonlights as a professional moment ruiner. His...

90 expert reviews | 1048 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ / S9 Plus

Despite not feeling like a major improvement over last year's flagship, the Galaxy S9 is still...

75 expert reviews | 2686 user reviews

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OnePlus 6

As a refinement of the already well-made OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 6 is a big step toward the...

81 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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OnePlus 5T

OnePlus continues to make it difficult to justify spending more on a smartphone. So don’t. The...

95 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Apple iPhone X

So which phone do you get when you part ways with your Google Pixel 2 XL? If you are after a...

107 expert reviews | 2771 user reviews

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Fully integrated AI just isn't here yet.

110 expert reviews | 990 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung has the Plus, Sony has the Compact, but the two companies see the base size differently...

134 expert reviews | 3184 user reviews

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Honor View 10 / Huawei Honor V10

The Honor View 10 is a highly-affordable alternative to more expensive phones, with a must-have...

55 expert reviews | 86 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note8

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156 expert reviews | 1273 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 10

We’ve fallen for the deliciously-styled, kaleidoscopically-colored Honor 10 because of its...

33 expert reviews | 46 user reviews

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LG G7 ThinQ / LG G7+

LG has made notable improvements with the G7 ThinQ, and it might very well be the company's best...

66 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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Motorola Moto G6

The Moto G6 defines what a good value smartphone should be like by including all the features and...

38 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

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Sony Xperia XZ2

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57 expert reviews | 378 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8, in both its sizes, is an excellent smartphone with great build quality, a...

203 expert reviews | 4976 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S8+ / Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus aren't perfect, but they're as close as Samsung has ever gotten. That's...

127 expert reviews | 2842 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus should really be called the iPhone 7S Plus. Its updates don’t warrant a full...

62 expert reviews | 1325 user reviews

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We’re conflicted on the HTC U11 design. The liquid glass finish is gorgeous and the build quality...

120 expert reviews | 353 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 7X

Taken only at face value, the good-looking Honor 7X doesn’t appear to be a $200 smartphone. Add...

60 expert reviews | 260 user reviews

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Motorola Moto G6 Plus

The Moto G6 Plus is an excellent budget smartphone and we’re struggling to point to anything...

21 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

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Google Pixel 2 XL / Google Pixel XL2

Blazing-fast speed, a brilliant camera, an uncluttered and beautiful Android experience, all in a...

82 expert reviews | 174 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 8

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86 expert reviews | 1996 user reviews

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Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia is starting its second year as a new-look Android maker but it already has a big portfolio...

36 expert reviews | 76 user reviews

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Huawei P20

The Huawei P20 offers similar performance, both in processing power and camera quality, to its...

43 expert reviews | 700 user reviews

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Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Sony's Xperia XZ2 Compact is in a class of its own, packing every meaningful feature and...

37 expert reviews | 280 user reviews

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OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 gets so much right, it'll change the way we think about flagship smartphones

119 expert reviews | 3 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'.

    Popular Cell Phone & Smartphone products

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