Phone Reviews

Honor 8X Review: mid-range as good as premium

Honor 8X Review: mid-range as good as premium

You can probably already guess from the title: Honor has done it again. While it’s easy to knock the company as “just a Huawei sub-brand”, it has been rocking the smartphone global market, including the US, with affordable smartphones that sometimes rival even Huawei’s high-end models. While it definitely isn’t the Mate 20, the Honor 8X won’t leave you wanting despite its price tag. In fact, it could very well leave you satisfied because of it. This review shows exactly why.

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Pocophone F1 Review : International midrange shocker

Pocophone F1 Review : International midrange shocker

Xiaomi's associated company Pocophone made this Pocophone F1 (also known as Poco F1) to tackle emerging markets and companies like OnePlus. What they made was a smartphone with features that defy logic - at least when it comes to a device that costs this little. The Poco F1 is a smartphone that's very, very nice - especially when it comes to its price, in every region in which it's been released. This is a pretty gosh-darned nice phone.

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Google Pixel 3 Review: Picture greatness

Google Pixel 3 Review: Picture greatness

It's a testament to just how high expectations are for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that, even after months of the Google phones leaking, interest in them remains high. Now, the pair of Android 9 Pie handsets are finally headed to shelves, promising the cutting-edge in Google's computational photography, the latest and greatest in software, and a more cohesive and premium-feeling design. Ambitious, certainly, but also more expensive than the phones they replace. Question is, has Google done enough to warrant both that excitement and that price premium?

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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Review: Here comes the future

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Review: Here comes the future

If 2017 was the year Apple hit reset on the iPhone then, in 2018, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are its masterplan writ large. In the case of the iPhone XS Max, that's quite literally very large indeed. Doubling down on its screen-first design, these new smartphones promise formidable power and cleverer photography in a beautifully designed package. You pay a significant premium for all that, though, raising the very real question of whether Apple is delivering enough in the premium category it created.

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OPPO Find X Review – Innovative, but not quite there

OPPO Find X Review – Innovative, but not quite there

Everyone wants to get rid of bezels these days. Few, however, dare to take that to their logical conclusions. We’ve seen Vivo’s pioneering idea in that regard with the NEX S. But being first doesn’t always mean being better, especially without the benefit of hindsight. OPPO has more than just hindsight to bank on, though, and can call upon its experience and partners in crafting its own style of a bezel-less phone with a slider. But is the OPPO Find X really that much better? We put this one of a kind smartphone to the test to bring you that answer.

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CAT S60 Review: Hardcore to a fault

CAT S60 Review: Hardcore to a fault

The world's first thermal imaging smartphone is the CAT S60, a device first introduced back in February of 2016. This smartphone is part of a collection of Android-based devices made by the folks at CAT, aka Caterpillar. We've not traditionally reviewed a lot of Android devices this far from their original release date for several reasons, one of which is Android updates.

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Honor Play Review: Inexpensive, Balanced, Unique

Honor Play Review: Inexpensive, Balanced, Unique

The Honor Play is a surprisingly low-cost smartphone made with gaming in mind. It features a 6.3-inch display with a notch and a relatively small chin, and it runs a unique sort of Android (with Honor's EMUI on top). The Honor Play is aimed at the newest wave of mobile gamers, bringing a bit of external aesthetic flavor to the mix as it packs in a decent bit of power under the hood.

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Meizu 16th Review

Meizu 16th Review

You might not rank Meizu among the top smartphone makers in the market, be it in its home country of China let alone the rest of the world. Not that it hasn’t tried hard, with interesting yet eccentric standouts like the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition and the double-faced Meizu PRO 7. Those, however, haven’t exactly put it close to the top nor have they brought in the dough. Meizu has since then changed its strategy, shifting its phones towards more conventional designs and features to try and pull in users who need a serious smartphone. And this Meizu 16th is perhaps the most serious one of all.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review: Epic phone, epic price

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review: Epic phone, epic price

Value is subjective, and little illustrates that quite so well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Long the largest physically of the company's smartphones, now the Note family pushes Samsung into a new price bracket, too: like Apple's iPhone X, you're looking at a $1,000 membership fee if you want access to the Note 9's exclusive club. In return, though, you're getting one of the most powerful, full-featured, and at times frustrating Android smartphones around.

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Moto Z3 Review: Waiting for 5G

Moto Z3 Review: Waiting for 5G

The Moto Z3 is a curious device, mostly because its reason for existing hasn’t been released yet. The Z3 will one day be compatible with the admittedly impressive 5G Moto Mod, a detachable accessory that’s the product of a team up between Verizon, Motorola, and Qualcomm. The problem, and what leaves me scratching my head, is that the 5G mod won’t be available until sometime next year, while the Moto Z3 is launching this month as a Verizon exclusive.

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Honor 10 Review: Peacock strut with decent guts

Honor 10 Review: Peacock strut with decent guts

The Honor 10 is one of this year's best phones that was not officially planned for release inside the United States. But don't let that silly bit of business stop you. This smartphone is a work of art - not necessarily as a traditional does-everything handset, but in its unique set of special features and external casing.

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Nokia 3.1 Review: Best at Basics

Nokia 3.1 Review: Best at Basics

If you need a new inexpensive smartphone without superfluous bells and whistles, take a peek at the Nokia 3.1. This month we had the Nokia 3.1 in-pocket for review and came away suitably impressed. This phone costs $159, runs Android One, and has a guarantee for two years of OS updates and three years of monthly security patches. It's exactly what the most baseline Android smartphone should be - at well below the price one might expect.

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