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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

At Rs 36,990, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is nearly the same price as the Xperia Z1, which makes...

69 expert reviews | 128 user reviews

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Motorola Moto G

The Moto G retails at Rs 12,499 for the 8GB and Rs 13,999 for the 16GB. This makes it the best...

81 expert reviews | 3489 user reviews

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Google Nexus 5

The Google Nexus 5 is available on the Play Store for Rs 28,990 for the 16GB model and Rs 32,990...

103 expert reviews | 683 user reviews

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alaScore 98

HTC ONE (M8)

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is proving to provide the true value in this challenging environment...

60 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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alaScore 98

LG G2

Media The audio and video player are skinned differently in the G2 and one big enhancement is...

122 expert reviews | 1401 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The features of S Pen have been updated heavily and there are plenty of new gestures available...

131 expert reviews | 2542 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Nokia Lumia 1520

The Nokia Lumia 1520 marks an important milestone for Windows Phone 8 as it comes with many...

74 expert reviews | 221 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S5

It's got the latest specifications, a really stellar camera, and a bright screen and long-lasting...

74 expert reviews | 146 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Samsung GALAXY S4 i9500/i9505

That Samsung chooses to include annoying bloatware, even in its flagship device.

316 expert reviews | 12106 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z1

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104 expert reviews | 677 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Apple iPhone 5S

Apple’s greatest strength is its eco-system. If the same hardware was used to make an Android...

133 expert reviews | 643 user reviews

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alaScore 96

HTC One

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Apple iPhone 5C

That Apple creates a smartphone that is caught between two stools, neither being a lot cheaper...

99 expert reviews | 897 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Motorola Moto X

At Rs 23,999, Motorola is easily offering the best Android experience outside the Nexus clan and...

60 expert reviews | 319 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nokia Lumia 1020

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC (MSM8960) which consists of a dual-core...

119 expert reviews | 681 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nokia Lumia 925

With that said, we still enjoyed our time with the Lumia 925 as it felt quick and responsive for...

101 expert reviews | 514 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Samsung GALAXY S4 mini I9195

The smartphone is also equipped with a ton of features and transmits over almost every thinkable...

80 expert reviews | 2183 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony Xperia Z Ultra

The huge display is perfect for multimedia applications and web browsing.

73 expert reviews | 63 user reviews

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LG G Flex

Living on the cutting edge of technology doesn’t come cheap, especially if that technology is...

57 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Samsung i9300 GALAXY S III (S3)

Current Android smartphones powered by Android 4.0.4 operating system from the premium and upper...

354 expert reviews | 29665 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100

The Note II competes with tablets and smartphones alike. Contenders are found in the Galaxy S3...

236 expert reviews | 6797 user reviews

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alaScore 95

LG Google Nexus 4

The price-performance ratio is good. Almost all manufacturers can take an example from this...

127 expert reviews | 3236 user reviews

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alaScore 95

HTC One X plus

Alongside the predecessor HTC One X (and with LTE the HTC One XL), the HTC One X+ mainly has to...

319 expert reviews | 3669 user reviews

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Sony Xperia Z

Premium devices with Google Android: Asus PadFone Infinity, or the (not yet released) Samsung...

145 expert reviews | 876 user reviews

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HTC One mini

The One mini is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (MSM8230AB) which is the same one...

86 expert reviews | 147 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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