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Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a big step ahead in many ways. First of all, you get a classy chassis...

151 expert reviews | 4632 user reviews

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LG G4 / LG G4 H815

LG has developed a good premium smartphone with its G4. Opting for the somewhat weaker Snapdragon...

95 expert reviews | 585 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

With or without a rounded display, the smartphones from the Galaxy S6-series are equipped with...

82 expert reviews | 91 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...

196 expert reviews | 5222 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Apple iPhone 6

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alaScore 98

HTC One M9 / HTC M9 / HTC One Hima

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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...

204 expert reviews | 7440 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM

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

53 expert reviews | 369 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Huawei P8

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

51 expert reviews | 278 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Sony Xperia Z3+ / Sony Xperia Z3 Plus / Xperia Z4

Updated interfaces, a swift 64-bit SoC and improved cameras are the pros of Sony's Xperia Z3...

136 expert reviews | 445 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony has created a really convincing device with the Xperia Z3 Compact. Only the case stability...

120 expert reviews | 1064 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S5

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alaScore 96

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

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alaScore 96

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

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

149 expert reviews | 2887 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei Ascend Mate 7

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

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

72 expert reviews | 323 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony Xperia Z2

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

209 expert reviews | 2197 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nokia Lumia 930

The design of the phone is also striking, especially when equipped with the more vibrant green or...

114 expert reviews | 932 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy A5

The Galaxy A5 is not exactly cheap, but the buyer gets a round total package. The stylish, slim...

48 expert reviews | 383 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...

42 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Such battery runtimes, despite the huge Full HD display and extremely fast hardware...

255 expert reviews | 11512 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...

70 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

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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...

31 expert reviews | 47 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy Alpha / Samsung Galaxy SM-G850F

The Alpha is Samsung's first phone with a metal frame, and it's the most aesthetically pleasing...

81 expert reviews | 373 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Motorola Moto X

Summary: Motorola had one of the most underrated smartphones of 2013. The successor brings high...

148 expert reviews | 3596 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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