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OPPO F1s Review

OPPO F1s Review

Just as a book is easy to judge by its cover, it's only too easy to judge smartphones by their design and their price. A device that looks like an iPhone with an almost dirt-cheap price tag? Gotta be a cheap knock-off coming from China. That is the stereotype that Chinese OEMs like OPPO face, especially when their smartphones, like the OPPO F1s, do really look like an Apple or even a Samsung flagship. But just like in real life, some things deserve a second, sometimes even third, look. Which is why we gave the OPPO F1s, the new, self-proclaimed "Selfie Expert", a thorough inspection, and we're glad we did. Read on to find out why.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review – The best Android of 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Review – The best Android of 2016

You could forgive Samsung for gloating with the Galaxy Note 7; after all, the phablet category the original Note created was dismissed by many as a sure-fire flop. People laughed at its size, its stylus, and its price, and yet time after time, generation after generation, Samsung has demonstrated it knows what its most serious users want. Now, with the Note 7, it's time for the phablet to go mass-market.

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Sony Xperia X Performance Review

Sony Xperia X Performance Review

Sony's newest smartphone delivers a fantastic camera and hardware that's worth the cash. Early reviews of this device have been mixed, for reasons from the device having an "underwhelming camera" to the device having an "awkward volume control placement." We'll take a look at both design and camera quality below. Especially the camera - a feature that's been given a massive kick in the pants in all major smartphones over the past couple of years due to Sony's own camera sensor innovation.

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Moto G4 Review 2016

Moto G4 Review 2016

It's time again to review Motorola's budget king devices, starting with the base device Moto G. Two devices come this year - for some odd reason - both the Moto G4 and the Moto G4 Plus (or Moto G4+ if you prefer). These devices have very similar specifications to one another and could easily be mistaken for one another, as it often is with a two-phone family approach. Here we're not dealing with two screen sizes as we do with Samsung and Apple's two-phone release pattern, here we've got upgrades in camera quality and fingerprint recognition.

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Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Review

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Review

Despite Nokia ex-CEO Stephen Elop's boasts, the smartphone market has indeed become a two-horse race between Android and iOS. Of course, just because those two have pretty much cornered the mobile market doesn't mean there is no room for others, especially those that aren't aiming for world domination. At leat not yet. We're talking here about more unconventional, more "experimental" platforms like, say, Ubuntu Touch. Although already in the commercial market for more than a year, Ubuntu Touch's smartphone promise reaches its full potential in the more muscled Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition. But does this so far most powerful Ubuntu smartphone live up to the expectations it has set up for itself? It's time to buckle your seat belts and join us for another ride into the somewhat alien world of Ubuntu on Mobile.

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OnePlus 3 Review Part 4: Answering your Questions (Q&A)

OnePlus 3 Review Part 4: Answering your Questions (Q&A)

This week we've been answering your questions on social media about the OnePlus 3 in our extended review series. Today we're publishing a number of questions - especially the ones that've come up more than once - in an effort to make our answers more easily accessibly for everyone. This is part 4 of our ongoing review series with the OnePlus 3, the third generation device from the folks at OnePlus, a group of people obsessed with delivering a smartphone that's both inexpensive (sort of) and able to compete with the top-tier smartphones on the market today.

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OnePlus 3 Review Part III: what no other smartphone has

OnePlus 3 Review Part III: what no other smartphone has

The OnePlus 3 is a smartphone that'll cost you $400 - thereby making the average Android user expect there'll have been some compromises made. In fact, based on our review series thus far, the elements that might be perceived as compromises can also easily be seen as strengths. This device also has a number of features that no other device has - or that no other device has yet, that is to say.

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OnePlus 3 Review Part II: Display VS iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7, and more

OnePlus 3 Review Part II: Display VS iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7, and more

We're about to show you what the OnePlus 3's display looks like near the rest of the top smartphones on the market today. This means we're looking at the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6s. It means we're looking at the LG G5 and the HTC 10. It means we're comparing to the Nexus 6P and the Huawei P9, too. We're looking for brightness, color intensity, and - to a lesser extent - we're looking at screen size, too.

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OnePlus 3 Review

OnePlus 3 Review

The OnePlus 3 is a phone that competes with the finest smartphones on the market today at almost every level. Why might you want to buy one? Because it might be a slightly smaller amount of cash to purchase than a device with almost identical features. How is this device different from its competitors? It looks slightly different and acts slightly differently. Also, you won't have to wait for a code to get the "opportunity" to buy one this time around.

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Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

Meizu PRO 6 Review Part I: The Galaxy iPhone missing link

We have a smartphone here that exists in the space between the top two mobile device makers in the world: Samsung and Apple. This is the Meizu PRO 6, a device whose hardware and software find themselves at a point near smartphone singularity - where all of the most high-end smartphone details meet. This is a cross-breed if ever we have seen one. At the same time, the PRO 6 is indeed a pretty great phone in its own right.

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Smartisan T2 Review : an Android/iPhone cross-breed

Smartisan T2 Review : an Android/iPhone cross-breed

The smartphone you see here is neither an iPhone nor a Google Certified Android device. It's somewhere in the middle and a bit off to one side. What we've got here is the Smartisan T2, a device that looks like an iPhone, runs a bit like an Android, and costs about what you'd pay for a high-end device that's a couple of years old. But this Smartisan T2 is brand new. What we have here is a unique proposition - a daring release in a market that relies so heavily on iOS and Android that we were shocked to find it in production.

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HTC 10 Review

HTC 10 Review

If everybody loves an underdog story, why aren't more people buying HTC phones? That's the question the Android stalwart must be puzzling over, having spent the past four to five years trying to figure out how to be "critic's choice" rather than "also-ran" in the smartphone space. The answer for 2016 is the HTC 10, but is this new flagship enough to stand out amid behemoths like Apple and Samsung?

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