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OPPO F1 Review

OPPO F1 Review

Let's face it, selfies have become an inescapable fact of the digital, mobile lifestyle today. No matter how we snicker or glare at those usually obnoxious selfie sticks (and their sometimes inconsiderate holders), selfies are not going away any time soon. Seeing the potential market, not to mention profits, even digital camera makers have started to pander to this crowd. Of course, smartphones were there first, with almost each new generation advertising selfie-friendly features. Calling itself the "Selfie Expert", the OPPO F1 is, perhaps, the most ambitious. But how does it actually fare beyond the advertising materials? We take a dive into the smartphone selfie world to find out.

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HTC 10 Camera Review: Teething pains for UltraPixel 2

HTC 10 Camera Review: Teething pains for UltraPixel 2

With camera performance one of the key decision points for new smartphone buyers, the HTC 10 can't afford to screw up when it comes to photography. Unfortunately, that's not been an area where HTC has done especially well in its past few devices, after its aborted attempt at dual-lens cleverness on the One M8, followed by an underwhelming chase for megapixels on the One M9. I've been living with the HTC 10 for more than a week now, and it turns out there's good news and bad.

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LG G5 Review Part III: what no other phone has

LG G5 Review Part III: what no other phone has

The LG G5 is an enigma. Do you decide that you want to go with a device that's tried and true, only updating in iterations? Or do you want to go with a device that's made by a company that wants to try something relatively new, and maybe even a bit risky on their part? The LG G5 is part of a legacy of dependable devices, but places a lot of trust in you, the end user. As the bottom of the device can be detached, they're trusting that you have the ability to take responsibility for a machine whose guts you can access quite easily. Can you handle that?

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LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

LG G5 Camera Review Part II: Trip to Mt. Rushmore

This past weekend my family and I traveled to Mt Rushmore - I brought the LG G5 along for the trip to shoot some photos. What you're about to see is a set of photos captured with the LG G5's primary camera as well as its wide-angle-lens camera, both using the LG G5's standard camera app. Note that these photos were not captured with any LG Friends accessories, just the basic camera. Also keep an eye out for the photos captured not by me, but by a 4-year-old, inexperienced photographer. You'll find the results interesting, I assure you.

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iPhone SE Review – Classic Remix

iPhone SE Review – Classic Remix

Did you love the iPhone 5s and rue the day Apple switched from crisp edges to comely curves on the iPhone 6? You'll probably approve of the iPhone SE, then, which goes excavating in the graveyard of Apple's design labs and comes up with a barely-changed riff on the classic.

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LG G5 Camera samples from the NY Auto Show

LG G5 Camera samples from the NY Auto Show

I spend a lot of time on the road in my role as an automotive journalist, and that means I'm always on the lookout for versatile tools that allow me to capture as much of a given experience as possible without taking up a huge amount of space in my luggage. Until recently the demands of video and photography have compelled me to juggle a variety of cameras and recorders to make sure I can not only snap in-the-moment pics for social media and online sharing but also grab more composed shots suitable for publication.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Review Part 1: The Camera

Sony Xperia Z5 Review Part 1: The Camera

Some people couldn’t care less about the camera on their smartphone; if you’re interested in Sony’s new Xperia Z5, there’s a good chance you’re not one of them. The handset sports an image sensor the same size as ones you’ll find in many ordinary budget-tier compact digital cameras, trumping the sensors found in some competing handsets. As well, it greatly outpaces many phones' resolutions at 23-megapixels, making it all the more attractive. At the end of the day, though, it's the quality that matters. How does it hold up? Find out in the first part of our Xperia Z5 review!

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge Review

Lust. That's what Samsung was counting on with the Galaxy S6 edge: enough people seeing its curvaceous AMOLED screen and uncontrollably coughing up the premium over its flat-fronted sibling. Problem was, though the hardware was clever, the software made little use of it, and so with the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge arriving even sleeker and even swifter, we have to ask: has the functionality finally caught up to the flexibility?

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

Samsung Galaxy S7 Review

You could forgive Samsung for harboring a little resentment toward Android phone buyers. After all, it gave us the Galaxy S6 - and in the process answered the most vocal and persistent criticisms of build quality and style, among other things - only to see sales fail to live up to expectations. Turns out, we're a fickle bunch, smartphone buyers, and so the Galaxy S7 arrives with courage screwed to the sticking place but no guarantees. Just one big question: is this the phone to buy if you're an Android fan?

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Nextbit Robin Review: never mind the cloud, here’s the hardware

Nextbit Robin Review: never mind the cloud, here’s the hardware

The NextBit Robin smartphone may be the first in a new era of smartphone - far more trusting in its creator. Or it could be a mistake, holding on to the cloud when the public continues to fear the worst - hiding their data in their mattresses instead of allowing the data banks to do their job with security. Then there's the NextBit Robin's hardware design. It's gorgeous. It looks like the sort of hardware you'd find in a museum under "historic groundbreakers in industrial design." It looks like someone contacted the finest designers of the 1960's, each of them bent on making all things as visible as they were functional, and told them to imagine a smartphone.

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Huawei Mate 8 Review

Huawei Mate 8 Review

The Huawei Mate 8 (or NXT-L29 as it is also known) asks you to make a fundamental choice about what you are looking for in a phone. Or rather, it makes that decision for you by way of its generous form factor. The Mate 8 certainly puts the 'phab' in phablet - it's fast, features a beautiful display, and offers enough battery power to jumpstart your car - but along the way it also requires its users to accept some very specific compromises to how they use the device on a daily basis. It also charges a significant premium over its primary competitors both Apple and Android, despite not exactly matching its peers on the spec sheet.

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Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Lumia 950 Review part I: Continuum desktop over “phone”

Today we're having our first look at the Microsoft Lumia 950 on the review bench, showing you just one - perhaps the most compelling - feature of the bunch: Continuum. When Microsoft first created Windows Phone, it wasn't any secret that they wanted the software to look and feel like a mobile version of what was on the way for their desktop operating system. Almost as if desktop begat mobile. Now, several years down the line, Microsoft attempts to tie the two together implicitly with a feature called Continuum.

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