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Apple iPhone 14 Pro

“The iPhone 14 Pro's outstanding performance, simple and powerful software, versatile camera, and...

49 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

“The iPhone 14 Pro Max is the best iPhone — and one of the best overall smartphones — you can buy...

35 expert reviews

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Google Pixel 7

“The Google Pixel 7's superb camera, long battery life, and great software experience are a...

50 expert reviews

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Google Pixel 6a

It's arguably Google's most competitively positioned smartphone in a good while and one we can...

66 expert reviews

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Sony Xperia 5 IV

So, at the end of this review, we can safely recommend the Sony Xperia 5 IV for its compact...

38 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 / Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 5G

It comes with the same nominal price tag as last year's model at launch, and with the...

64 expert reviews

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Xiaomi 12T Pro

Honestly, it's hard to find any serious omissions or faults with the Xiaomi 12T Pro. A proper...

41 expert reviews

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Asus Zenfone 9

In the end, the Zenfone 9 presents a compelling compact flagship offering. It would have gotten a...

41 expert reviews

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Motorola Edge 30 Ultra / Motorola Edge X

Motorola just pulled the wraps off a trio of new Edge 30 smartphones to join the two from earlier...

30 expert reviews

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Nothing phone (1) / Nothing Phone 1 / Nothing Phone One

“The Nothing Phone 1 is quirky, unusual, and eye-catching — all in a good way. From the LED...

67 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 14

“The iPhone 14 isn't a huge upgrade compared to its predecessor. But with a great design, screen...

50 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Motorola Razr (2022)

The Moto Razr 2022 currently retails for an eye-watering EUR 1,200 in its 256GB/8GB variant, and...

25 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 5G (2022)

“The Galaxy Z Flip 4 may not be a revolutionary year-over-year upgrade, but it stands tall as one...

61 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

The Galaxy S22 Ultra may not have 'Note' in its name, but deep inside we know it is one, probably...

77 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro

“The Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro is astonishingly powerful and smartly designed throughout, ready to...

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Oppo Find X5 Pro

The point is, the Find X5 Pro has no obvious downsides other than the telephoto reach and is...

61 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 14 Plus

“The big screen and two-day battery life make the excellent iPhone 14 Plus tempting, but it's not...

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Sony Xperia 1 IV

We really liked this Xperia in spite of its issues, and we see no reason why not to get one. If...

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Honor Magic 4 Pro

We are sure the Honor Magic4 Pro will find its place under the sun, especially in a few months...

42 expert reviews

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OnePlus 10 Pro

If you are ready to drop $899 on a OnePlus 10 Pro, you might consider that paying a bit more will...

91 expert reviews

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Vivo X80 Pro

In any case, it's the quad camera on the vivo X80 Pro's back that is the star of the show. Indeed...

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Huawei Mate 50 Pro

Huawei being the black sheep of the smartphone market means the Mate 50 Pro doesn't stand a...

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OnePlus Nord 2T 5G

The lack of official water protection is an important downside to mention as well as the fact...

53 expert reviews

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Honor 70

Honor's offering has a few key disadvantages that can't be overlooked - less than ideal chipset...

40 expert reviews

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OnePlus 10T 5G

In its essence, the OnePlus 10T is an upper-midrange phone with a top-tier chipset and class...

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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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