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#1
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (G935)

The gorgeous Galaxy S7 Edge makes the best Android phone that much better.

100 expert reviews | 3133 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930)

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

116 expert reviews | 1823 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Apple iPhone SE

Just because the iPhone SE looks like an old device doesn't mean it acts like one. Apple squeezed...

135 expert reviews | 895 user reviews

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LG G5

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

98 expert reviews | 651 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

HTC 10

Simply put, this is the best phone HTC has made in years. It's fantastic, though not exactly...

93 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

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Huawei P9

It might take fancy photos, but the Huawei P9's high price means it's not a good choice over the...

84 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple iPhone 6s

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

167 expert reviews | 11240 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 6s Plus

It was already indicated in the preview: The new Apple iPhone 6S Plus will noticeably raise the...

119 expert reviews | 3715 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Huawei Google Nexus 6P

First impressions. Short measurements before our full review on the Google smartphone.

125 expert reviews | 1009 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (SM-G925 / SM-G9250)

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

323 expert reviews | 18475 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Huawei Mate 8

The Huawei Mate 8 is a very good handset across the board, but its main strengths reside in its...

69 expert reviews | 97 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

LG Nexus 5X / Google Nexus 5X

The at first glance relatively restrained-looking Nexus 5X conceals cutting-edge technology under...

132 expert reviews | 1603 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy S6

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

172 expert reviews | 26426 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

LG G4 (H815 / H812 / H810 / H811)

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

191 expert reviews | 6101 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Motorola Moto G (2015, 3rd gen) / G3, XT1540/XT1541/XT1542 / G3 Dual SIM, XT1543

Motorola again delivers a good mid-range smartphone with its new Moto G, which convinces with...

96 expert reviews | 6186 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Motorola Moto X Play (2015) / X Play Dual SIM / Verizon Droid Maxx 2

Motorola proves that it is not only OnePlus that can build affordable smartphones that rock the...

75 expert reviews | 686 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is a very good and compact smartphone with an impressive set of...

89 expert reviews | 1299 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

The extravagant mirror design makes Sony's new Xperia Z5 Premium flagship a real eye-catcher at...

82 expert reviews | 228 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) / SM-A510F

Samsung's Galaxy A5 (2016) proves to be a successful advancement of the predecessor in most...

35 expert reviews | 179 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony Xperia Z5

After the review of the Sony Xperia Z3+ we wanted a very good flagship device from Sony that is...

91 expert reviews | 593 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HTC One A9

The HTC One A9 is more than a handset, it is also the manifestation of a new HTC direction which...

108 expert reviews | 383 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Is the Galaxy Note 5 worth the upgrade if you already have a Note 4 or Galaxy S6? The push-button...

83 expert reviews | 9403 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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

221 expert reviews | 10648 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Apple iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is a really great smartphone. The new design is very convenient and the manufacturer...

195 expert reviews | 51273 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

It is unusually big, but still an iPhone. We miss the familiar perfection of Apple in the case of...

211 expert reviews | 15376 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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