Phone Reviews

Nexus 6P Review

Nexus 6P Review

Past experience has told us not to expect a top-tier smartphone from the Huawei-made Nexus 6P sold by Google. It's been a surprise, as a result, to find a high quality hardware experience in this smartphone - one with a body and a camera just as well made as its software. In the past, the Nexus line has been Google's standard for developers and an expectation of a baseline for manufacturers of the future. In the Nexus 6P, Google and Huawei have made a device to lust after.

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Nexus 5X Review

Nexus 5X Review

The 2013 Nexus 5 wasn't the phone you'd expect to build a loyal fanbase. Its plastic construction and unassuming design spoke more of engineering side-project than Google flagship, the epitome of hardware taking a back-seat while the latest version of Android - then 4.4 KitKat - held the spotlight. Now, two years later, Google and LG are giving Nexus 5 fans the Nexus 5X, spiritual successor and showcase for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on a budget.

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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Review

If you listen to the cynics, the "s" in Apple's iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus stands for "same-old". The tick-tock upgrade cycle of the best-selling smartphone has led many to expect revolution one year and then mere evolution the next. Turns out, though, Darwin himself would be impressed by what Apple has achieved with its flagship iPhones in 2015.

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Moto X Pure Edition Review: Custom Knockout

Moto X Pure Edition Review: Custom Knockout

This month we're having a peek at the Moto X Pure Edition - one of several flagship devices Motorola is releasing this year. Motorola delivers a smartphone with a 5.7-inch Quad-HD display, front-facing speakers, powerful cameras on both sides. Can a device with the same-size display as a Galaxy Note 5, a larger camera on its back than most competitors, and custom-order colors and materials do the deed for Motorola in this new age for the smartphone company? If what we've experienced so far is any indicator, Motorola's back to bat in the big leagues.

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OPPO R7 Plus Review

OPPO R7 Plus Review

Even as OPPO gains market share in China and South East Asia, it has a more ambitious target, the U.S.: probably one of the most challenging for any device manufacturer. Competition is fierce, against established and considerably larger brands including Samsung, Apple, and LG. OPPO knows that developing a good product is a must, and the R7 Plus reflects that intent – but is it good enough? Join us as we take a deeper look at the R7 Plus in our full review.

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Huawei Honor 7 Review

Huawei Honor 7 Review

If your perception of a Chinese-made smartphone still involves plastic and cheap knockoffs, then you might not have paid attention to the market for past year or so. Quite a few names have risen above the ranks to show the might of the East and their ability to innovate and blaze their own path, a path that sometimes takes them to the West. Take for example Huawei, one of the biggest names in China. With the entry of the Huawei Honor 7 into the European market, the manufacturer is trying to stay one step ahead of its compatriots. But how does it fare? Read on to find out.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ Review

As big as a Note 5, and arguably the most eye-catching smartphone in Samsung's line-up, the Galaxy S6 edge+ is hard to ignore. Curved AMOLED, top-tier specifications, and beautiful construction butt heads with a hefty price tag and questionable usefulness. In short, though the S6 edge+ undoubtedly catches the eye, it's far from certain that it does enough with its unusual hardware to earn a place in your pocket.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

Big, clever, and finally beautiful: the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has come of age. Heir to the phablet empire Samsung itself created, the Note 5 takes the esteemed features of its predecessor and clads them in a premium package worthy of the equally high-end price tag. There'll be tears on the S Pen, mind, as in doing so Samsung has jettisoned some of the key advantages that owners of prior Notes were most vocal about. Question is, has the mainstreaming of the Galaxy Note 5 come at too great a cost?

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OnePlus 2 Review: An imperfect assassin

OnePlus 2 Review: An imperfect assassin

The OnePlus 2 is a winner in its price category, destroying competitors in almost all objective comparisons of hardware, but OnePlus aims its attack far higher. The tagline is "Flagship Killer" and OnePlus takes that seriously: this phone isn't priced like a flagship. but with a few omissions it squares up well to those from rivals. Nonetheless, is competitive pricing enough to forgive the few odd blips on the spec sheet? Turns out, using the OnePlus 2 is much like having a Nexus smartphone from Google, but with some unique features that - for better or worse - set it apart.

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Moto G Review 2015 (3rd Gen)

Moto G Review 2015 (3rd Gen)

Motorola continues to run the low-cost mid-range smartphone game with their 3rd-generation Moto G here in the year 2015. When they released the first Moto G we were skeptical - how could a smartphone that doesn't cost more than a couple hundred dollars be worth using? As it turned out, the device wasn't half bad, and with Motorola's continued software support YEARS later, we've grown nothing but more confident in the company's ability to create the best low-cost smartphone line around.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review

Today we review the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active from AT&T. This device takes the innards of the Galaxy S6, expanding the exterior bits to make a device that's resistant to the elements as well as shock. You can drop this one. While the original Galaxy "Active" device wasn't quite as resistant to the one truest danger of all, dropping the darned thing, here we've been given a reprieve. And a good sign for the future. This device has everything the Galaxy S6 has, and more - a bigger battery too.

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Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior

The Microsoft Lumia 640 isn't all that remarkable on its own. It's another Windows Phone device, made by the people who up until this past year were known as Nokia. Now it comes from Microsoft, and it's ready to roll for a cool $130 USD. That's a good value for what the device presents. But with today's Elop exit and news of Microsoft's reshuffling, is it a good time to be buying in to Microsoft's phone ecosystem? Or is this the company's last gasp before throwing in the towel?

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