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Apple iPhone 12 Pro

The iPhone 12 Pro is Apple's best phone, if price isn't a factor. It has an excellent balance of...

36 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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OnePlus Nord (2020)

OnePlus' return to mid-range smartphones presents some strong competition to both older flagships...

56 expert reviews

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OnePlus 8T

The OnePlus 8T is a great smartphone, with many strong features, but the price puts it alongside...

44 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

The iPhone 12 Pro Max's battery life, screen size, and camera will draw you in — but the huge...

18 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 series brings top-notch design, world-class connectivity, and an improved Night...

30 expert reviews

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Google Pixel 4a

Google proves it is the ruler of midrange phones with the Pixel 4a. It offers flagship-quality...

44 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Some may prefer the regular Galaxy Note 20 for $999, but it has weaker cameras than the Ultra...

32 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G (2020)

Foldables are clearly part of the future of phones, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the best you can...

31 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Sony Xperia 5 II

The Sony Xperia 5 II is an attractive Android phone with excellent build quality and solid...

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OnePlus 8

Phones have gradually replaced so many standalone devices we used to rely on, so why not take...

68 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G

It's go big, or go home when it comes to Samsung's Galaxy Note series, and the new Note 20 Ultra...

26 expert reviews

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OnePlus 8 Pro

Even so, the 8 Pro stacks up surprisingly well against the best the industry has to offer. It...

79 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite / Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 4G

Samsung is back with another addition to the Galaxy S20 series. This time around, the company is...

14 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 11

Apple's focus on camera brings the iPhone up to speed

106 expert reviews | 82 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S20+ / S20 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is a safe bet if you want a great Android phone. It gets just about...

36 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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OnePlus 7T

OnePlus' latest does more than any other phone at this price

80 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro

The iPhone 11 Pro is the best phone money can buy right now. A beefier battery and new triple...

75 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Apple's iPhone 12 mini delivers the best price-to-power ratio of any 2020 iPhone, bringing top-of...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10Plus / Note10+/ Note10 Pro (2019)

Gimmicks aside, the Note 10 Plus is the do-it-all phone worth paying premium for

90 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

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Apple iPhone SE2 / SE 2nd gen (2020)

Apple's iPhone SE (2020) isn't the best iPhone, but it's enough for most people. Our in-depth...

63 expert reviews | 76 user reviews

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Oppo Find X2 Pro

If you are after the very best on the smartphone market, you've come to the right section of this...

50 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Sony Xperia 1 II

With the Xperia 1 II, Sony has finally found the right direction for its smartphones. Now it just...

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (4G / LTE)

It's almost everything you could ask for in a high-end Android phone, at least in theory. Have...

60 expert reviews

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G (2020)

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G is a big, beefy phone which instantly makes it niche. If you want a lot...

16 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

If you are after the very best on the smartphone market, you've come to the right section of this...

50 expert reviews | 27 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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