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LG G4 / LG G4 H815

LG's G4 is well on the way to becoming the new camera reference among smartphones. Both hardware...

100 expert reviews | 913 user reviews

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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...

137 expert reviews | 2256 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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

165 expert reviews | 5503 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Apple iPhone 6

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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...

116 expert reviews | 409 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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

159 expert reviews | 2983 user reviews

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alaScore 97

LG G3

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

188 expert reviews | 7442 user reviews

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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...

101 expert reviews | 2395 user reviews

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#10
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Huawei P8

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

53 expert reviews | 466 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Sony Xperia Z3

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alaScore 96

HTC One (M8) / HTC M8 / HTC One (M8 Eye)

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alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung has done a good job with the Galaxy S5, which costs £579 (inc. VAT; £482.50 ex. VAT) on...

177 expert reviews | 14546 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei Ascend Mate 7

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alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

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

75 expert reviews | 222 user reviews

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Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM

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

46 expert reviews | 1039 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM

The Lumia 640 XL is definitely a decent Windows Phone 8.1 phablet. Microsoft installs a very...

47 expert reviews | 396 user reviews

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Google Nexus 6

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

110 expert reviews | 932 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...

77 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy A7 / Samsung SM-A700F

Samsung's Galaxy A7 is to be a mainstream smartphone, but it is also to satisfy even somewhat...

23 expert reviews | 107 user reviews

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alaScore 95

HTC Desire Eye

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

75 expert reviews | 100 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony has nailed a market segment that needs some love. The Z1 Compact is the best small...

142 expert reviews | 2118 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Motorola Moto G (2nd gen) / Moto G (2014) / Moto G2 / Moto G+1

Motorola continues its strategy with the Moto G2 and once again builds a simple smartphone with...

111 expert reviews | 5240 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Sony Xperia Z2

The Xperia Z2 is Sony’s best release yet and shows how fast its smartphones are improving. This...

169 expert reviews | 1723 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Huawei Honor 6 Plus / Huawei Honor 6x

With its good screen, strong processor and solid camera, the Honor 6 Plus is well-equipped for...

26 expert reviews | 120 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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