Phone Reviews

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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LG G7 ThinQ Review: sounds better than it looks

LG G7 ThinQ Review: sounds better than it looks

Although it is not exactly in dire straits like, say, HTC, LG has had a rough few quarters. For 2018, it supposedly went back to the drawing board and would be focusing on a few but key premium models. The latter resulted in at least four V series variants in the past 7 or so months while the former gave birth to the LG G7 ThinQ. Billed as the first in the G series to bear its ThinQ brand, LG’s 2018 flagship puts AI front and center. That, however, is hardly its only selling factor and may not even be its biggest strength. We take a deep dive into the LG G7 ThinQ to see if it has enough power to lift LG out of its slump.

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BlackBerry KEY2 Review: Growing keys, shrinking audience

BlackBerry KEY2 Review: Growing keys, shrinking audience

If we're giving out awards for smartphone dedication in the face of modernity, the BlackBerry KEY2 should probably get a spot on the podium. TCL's 2018 flagship continues to obstinately buck the trend for full-touch, refining its physical keyboard and still promising a compelling trifecta of QWERTY, security, and reliability. At $649.99, though, are the KEY2's grudging acknowledgements of dual-camera technology enough to make this particular BlackBerry sufficiently juicy?

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OnePlus 6 Review: It’s pretty darn good

OnePlus 6 Review: It’s pretty darn good

The OnePlus 6 is a device worth taking a peek at if you're in the market for a new phone. This is a handset that is at once a high-performer, low cost, and highly capable. It has an abundance of options and it's very good at what it's meant to do. For the average smartphone buyer in 2018, OnePlus 6 might just be the hottest ticket in town - right this minute, anyway.

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Huawei P20 Pro Review: The best sort of excess

Huawei P20 Pro Review: The best sort of excess

What with all the attention the Huawei P20 Pro has captured lately, you'd think the company would be having a good year. Then again, high-profile criticism by the US government hasn't exactly done wonders for the Chinese phone-maker's sales, nor its scuppered carrier deals. If there's one thing the P20 Pro demonstrates, however, it's that while Huawei may lack trust from some quarters, it certainly isn't short on imagination.

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Honor 7x Review: This $200 phone surprised me

Honor 7x Review: This $200 phone surprised me

Over the past couple of weeks I've had the $200 smartphone Honor 7x in my pocket. This smartphone's surprised me - and not only because it's rather feature-full for its price. This phone's surprised me because it's doing what OnePlus said it'd do when they started. This smartphone goes to war with the most excellent (and far more expensive) phones in the world, and it does so without any major "me too" tricks.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A great phone jumping through hoops

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A great phone jumping through hoops

Huawei has been making a lot of noise this year about its Android flagships, most recently making a pitch to oust the iPhone X or Galaxy S9 from your pocket with the P20 Pro. Weirdly, though, that phone isn't officially coming to the US. Instead, Huawei's flagship here is a different smartphone from a different family: the Mate 10 Pro. It has the same processor as the P20 Pro, but no notch and one less camera sensor. It also comes with a more affordable price tag.

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OPPO R15 Pro Review

OPPO R15 Pro Review

It’s not easy being a smartphone maker these days. Jump on the latest fad and you’d be called a copycat. Hold off and you’re branded as a dinosaur. So what’s an OEM gotta do? Follow what makes sense. For OPPO, that means giving the OPPOR R15 and R15 Pro an admittedly somewhat useful notch. Of course, that does run the risk of most media coverage simply being about that notch, so we take a deep dive into the higher end OPPO R15 Pro to see if it’s more than just its rabbit screen. And you’ll probably be surprised at what we found.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

Samsung Galaxy S9 Review

The Samsung Galaxy S9 forces us to question upgrades for their own sake. On the one hand, there's our desire as consumers to have the very latest tech gadget, even if we don't even use the phone we have now to its full extent. For manufacturers, there's the pressure to revolutionize each time, and throw out what worked before simply because it's associated with an "old" product. Into all that arrives the Galaxy S9, managing to be both new and familiar at the same time.

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Essential Phone Review: The Impossible Challenge

Essential Phone Review: The Impossible Challenge

The first Essential Phone was a good device, and everything that the first wave of Android phone enthusiasts could have wanted. But by the time the Essential company and the PH-1 existed, the general public had moved beyond their initial any-new-Android frenzy. Now we're in an era where the most fad-friendly phone is king, and only king for a half-cycle. Essential's first phone release is an attempt to check all the boxes for innovation but remain bare-bones at the same time. Therein lies the Essential struggle.

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