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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...

55 expert reviews

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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...

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OnePlus 10 Pro

“The OnePlus 10 Pro's pretty design, high specification, decent camera, and fast charging make it...

66 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro

It might sound like we're making excuses for the iPhone 13 Pro's flaws, but it's really doing a...

65 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 13

But there are two undeniable facts - no iPhone is a bad phone, on the contrary - every iPhone is...

110 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S22 5G

“The Galaxy S22 is a fairly capable phone that should be on top of your Android phone buying list...

48 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S22+ / S22 Plus 5G

Keeping all of this in mind, the decision to get an S22 device is a simple and equally boring one...

40 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

A new iPhone purchase is hardly ever rooted entirely in reason. But even setting emotion aside as...

55 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Google Pixel 6 Pro

“The Pixel 6 Pro has the best camera on a smartphone today, a vibrant screen, the latest and best...

58 expert reviews

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Google Pixel 6

The one truly major downside of the Pixel 6 that we can't dismiss easily is the fact that it's...

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Realme GT2 Pro

“The excellent Realme GT 2 Pro takes instantly shareable photos, has masses of performance, super...

28 expert reviews

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Xiaomi 12 Pro

We understand that paying a little extra will get you more elsewhere, and we might argue that a...

36 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone SE3 / SE 3rd gen (2022)

So this really is a phone for two groups of people. The first one wants the cheapest entry into...

44 expert reviews

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OnePlus Nord 2 5G

OnePlus invented the 'flagship killer' space and then slowly retreated from it, step by step...

79 expert reviews

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OPPO Find X5

But the sad reality is that Oppo's brand recognition is what gets in the way. The company is...

17 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G (2021)

“After three generations of improvements, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has better durability, software...

68 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 13 Mini

Last updated: October 20, 2021 (

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OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

It's been seven months now since OnePlus launched its flagship smartphone for the year 2021. The...

92 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Motorola Edge 30 Pro

The new Motorola contender for the crown is here, but is it any good? That's what we're trying to...

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Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

Taking all of this into account, we just can't bring ourselves to outright recommend anybody go...

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Realme 9 Pro Plus

We'd recommend this Realme 9 Pro+ immediately after its first price cut/promo deals go live, and...

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OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G

“The OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G's outstanding design houses a dependable smartphone with excellent...

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

“The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is the capable successor to the S20 FE, but comes at a poor time...

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro

Long story short, until we see the Redmi Note 11 Pro at a discount, or until the older Xiaomi...

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Apple iPhone 12 Mini

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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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