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OnePlus Nord (2020)

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

57 expert 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...

69 expert reviews | 73 user 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...

71 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 11

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

115 expert reviews | 81 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...

51 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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OnePlus 8

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

60 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the new super-premium S Pen-wielding smartphone by Samsung. It's an...

22 expert reviews

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OnePlus 7T

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

84 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra feels a lot like a phone for the one percent -- and not just because...

26 expert 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...

23 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...

41 expert reviews

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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...

56 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S20 4G

The Galaxy S20 is the smallest in the new S20 family, but it's not small enough to be a compact...

89 expert reviews | 4 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...

79 expert reviews | 40 user reviews

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OnePlus 7T 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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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...

27 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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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

88 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

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Xiaomi Mi 10 5G (2020)

A great looking phone that packs a tonne of features, but falls short with no optical zoom and...

23 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy A51 (2019)

Sure, the Pixel 3a XL and the iPhone SE lack the A51’s panache, but they’re just nicer to use...

43 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

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Realme X50 Pro 5G

High-end hardware at half the price of the big names, what's not to like? A category started by...

22 expert reviews

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Huawei P40 Pro+ / Huawei P40 Pro Plus 5G

The Huawei P40 Pro Plus takes a leap forward in zoom capabilities on a smartphone, with the...

19 expert reviews

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Motorola Moto G 5G Plus

So far in 2020, Motorola has only managed to impress us with its phones. We were pleasantly...

14 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Oppo Find X2 Neo

Oppo's 90Hz mid-ranger

15 expert reviews

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Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro

Poco, which falls under the Xiaomi brand umbrella, has made 5G affordable with the new $500 Poco...

18 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...

53 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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