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OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

After a year of waiting, the OnePlus 9 Pro is here to replace the OnePlus 8 Pro. Has OnePlus made...

65 expert reviews

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Oppo Find X3 Pro

The Oppo Find X3 Pro emphasizes consistency in the camera, a sleek unibody design, and a 10-bit...

38 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

There may be three new Galaxy S Series phones this year, but only one really fulfills the...

55 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 12 Mini

The iPhone 12 Mini is delightfully small, yet provides a complete experience with exceptional...

46 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

The Galaxy S21 makes a smart bet on value with a lower starting price, but in many ways feels...

64 expert reviews

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OnePlus 9

The OnePlus 9 offers among the best performance in a smartphone, plus it has an incredible...

43 expert reviews

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Asus ROG Phone 5

The Asus ROG Phone 5 has a mighty spec sheet and masses of game-related features, but does all...

31 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...

46 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G

If the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best Android phone you can buy and the Galaxy S21 is a slight...

29 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

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Apple iPhone 12

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

57 expert reviews

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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...

57 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 97

OnePlus 8T

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

76 expert reviews

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Xiaomi Mi 11

The Xiaomi Mi 11 has the specs and features to take on the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, but does...

41 expert reviews

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro (2020)

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35 expert reviews | 1 user 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...

50 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro

You can get better all-rounders in the budget market, such as Google’s reliable Pixel 4a, for not...

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Sony Xperia 5 II

The Sony Xperia 5 II is just the right size, has a sleek unusual design, and a very high...

43 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

2020 is the year of big phone families, and Samsung's Galaxy S20 Series is nearing Brady Bunch...

26 expert reviews

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Google Pixel 4a 5G

Google managed to make a 5G phone for under $500, an important price point. But while the...

32 expert reviews

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OnePlus Nord (2020)

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

73 expert reviews

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

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

56 expert reviews

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Google Pixel 5 5G

The Pixel 5 won't turn heads with stunning looks, but it will perform better than many other more...

54 expert reviews

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Oppo Find X3 Neo

The Oppo Find X3 Neo is a worthy alternative to the OnePlus 9 if you value camera zoom and a high...

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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

The Galaxy A52 5G features a great 6.5-inch screen with fast 120Hz refresh rate, a capable 64...

26 expert reviews

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Apple iPhone 11

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

119 expert reviews | 78 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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