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Huawei Mate 20 Pro (2018)

And Chevrolet's electric drag racer.

97 expert reviews | 348 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...

69 expert reviews | 223 user reviews

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OnePlus 6T

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

76 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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Google Pixel 3

The Pixel 3's truly exceptional cameras and AI-powered call screening give it an edge on the...

58 expert reviews | 1 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...

74 expert reviews | 254 user reviews

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Huawei P20 Pro

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

124 expert reviews | 1758 user 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.

71 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Note 9 is a satisfying update that will please power users, and with its new S Pen features...

136 expert reviews | 190 user reviews

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Huawei Mate 20

The Huawei Mate 20 is a premium flagship just like its more-expensive sibling, the Mate 20 Pro...

37 expert reviews | 70 user reviews

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OnePlus 6

As a refinement of the already well-made OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 6 is a big step toward the...

121 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 8X

This shiny, cost-conscious phone comes with dual cameras and more trimmings than you'd expect.

55 expert reviews | 68 user reviews

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Sony Xperia XZ3

It uses multiple CPU cores for speed and reliability.

64 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

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Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone 2 is without doubt a great phone for gamers. It has a gorgeous, buttery smooth...

46 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ / S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are here, official, unwrapped, and we go in full hands-on mode. We...

90 expert reviews | 3993 user reviews

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Xiaomi Pocophone F1 / Poco F1

Xiaomi's associated company Pocophone made this Pocophone F1 (also known as Poco F1) to tackle...

43 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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Apple iPhone XS

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

44 expert reviews | 229 user reviews

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Huawei Honor 10

We’ve fallen for the deliciously-styled, kaleidoscopically-colored Honor 10 because of its...

68 expert reviews | 233 user reviews

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Asus ROG Phone

If you're in the market for a gaming phone, the Asus ROG Phone is the one to get, with the best...

34 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung has the Plus, Sony has the Compact, but the two companies see the base size differently...

154 expert reviews | 7842 user reviews

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

The Mi Mix 3 is a very good bezel-less smartphone that manages without a display notch. The...

35 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Huawei Honor View 20

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

34 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) excels in our test with its great Super AMOLED panel that can become...

35 expert reviews | 28 user reviews

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OnePlus 6T McLaren edition

McLaren fans will certainly be thrilled by the prospect of a McLaren Special Edition phone. It...

21 expert reviews

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Huawei Mate 20 X

The Huawei Mate 20 X has the same qualities as the other Mate 20 models that we have already come...

19 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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OnePlus 5T

OnePlus continues to make it difficult to justify spending more on a smartphone. So don’t. The...

108 expert reviews | 7 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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