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Samsung Galaxy S10

At $1,300, the Galaxy S10 5G becomes the first US phone with 5G built in.

157 expert reviews | 1072 user reviews

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OnePlus 7 Pro

If you're in the market for a big, new phone, it's impossible to find better value than the...

89 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Huawei P30 Pro

The Huawei P30 Pro's impressive camera skills and vibrant design easily beat the Galaxy S10 Plus...

97 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro (2018)

And Chevrolet's electric drag racer.

113 expert reviews | 397 user reviews

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Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi's latest flagship offers tremendous value for €449. It has the latest Snapdragon processor...

48 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ / S10 Plus

All products recommended by Engadget were selected by our editorial team, independent of our...

89 expert reviews | 1995 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10

The Galaxy Note 10 is a lavish, powerful phone that doesn't need two hands

50 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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Google Pixel 3a

The Google Pixel 3a is an unequivocal win for midrange phone buyers, with good battery life, a...

36 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Apple iPhone XR

While these are definitely factors to keep in mind, I don't think they're deal breakers for the...

94 expert reviews | 318 user reviews

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OnePlus 6T

OnePlus continues to stand out by offering reliable performance in good-looking packages. The...

98 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Honor 20 Pro

Honor's new flagship features a beautiful construction and the world's first f/1.4 camera for...

38 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S10e

The Galaxy S10 and S10+ set a high bar for this year's premium Android phones and, with the S10e...

61 expert reviews | 602 user reviews

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Sony Xperia 1

The Xperia 1 is more than just Sony's latest flagship phone. It is the catalyst in the company's...

31 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Apple iPhone XS Max

But we need to circle back to our original question: Are either of these new iPhones must-own...

89 expert reviews | 302 user reviews

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Honor 20

The Honor 20 Lite is available starting today for 299 Euros for a model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB...

36 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Huawei P20 Pro

Chris is Engadget's senior mobile editor and moonlights as a professional moment ruiner. His...

133 expert reviews | 1801 user reviews

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Xiaomi Mi 9T

The Mi 9T Pro makes all the right sacrifices to become one of, if not the most, desirable phones...

21 expert reviews

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Google Pixel 3 XL

You have the latest Google handset and opinions about it. We've got a place for you to share them.

86 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Honor View 20

For now, at least, continued tension between Huawei and the US government means the odds of being...

65 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

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Huawei P30

Much like the P30 Pro, the P30 is an impressive phone. However, competition is far tougher in the...

44 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review you're about to read is centered on battery life, real-world use, and...

60 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Google Pixel 3a XL

Don't think of the new 3a XL as just Google's cheap new phone — that's selling it short. It might...

32 expert reviews

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Google Pixel 3

Google’s Pixel 3 is a hair away from pocket-sized perfection

72 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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OnePlus 7

What do you call the T edition of the OnePlus 6T?

37 expert reviews

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is a well-equipped phone at half the price of other similarly powerful...

24 expert reviews | 4 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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