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Asus’ ROG Phone II is powerful, ambitious, and ridiculous

These days, it’s not challenging to find a phone that’s powerful enough to run most games on the App Store or Google Play Store, nor is it too costly. It’s also easy to buy a DualShock 4 or Xbox One gamepad, then pair it to your phone via Bluetooth so you can have a console-like [...]

Nokia 2720 Flip review: proof you can’t opt out of the smartphone generation

If you’re seriously considering buying a feature phone like the Nokia 2720 Flip in 2019 then I think you’re likely to be one of three kinds of people. Either you live or work in the developing world, where smartphones sometimes aren’t a practical option, you’re the kind of person who thrives on nostalgia for a [...]

The OnePlus 7T brings a 90Hz screen for less than $600

OnePlus just announced the new OnePlus 7T, a follow-up to the OnePlus 7, which was released in global markets (but not the US) earlier this year, and the OnePlus 6T from last year. The 7T has a lot of the same features as its sibling, the OnePlus 7 Pro, but it’s a little smaller and [...]

Apple iPhone 11 review: the phone most people should buy

This is one of the simplest reviews I’ve ever had to write: the iPhone 11 is the phone most people who are upgrading to a new iPhone this year should get. It’s an excellent phone, with one of the best cameras I’ve ever seen on a smartphone and terrific battery life. Apple’s also dropped the [...]

The best budget phone you can buy in 2019

Buying a good phone can cost a lot of money, but it doesn’t have to. You’ve probably heard that before, but now it’s truer than ever. Features that you expect in a high-end, high-cost flagship smartphone — like a crisp and vibrant screen, bloatware-free software, decent cameras, and swift performance — can also be found [...]

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review: should you spend for the stylus?

How much would you pay to have a stylus in your phone? That’s the essential question for the Note 10 Plus. It wasn’t always this way: the Note line has meant a few different things over its eight-year history. It was the first phone that convinced us that big screens were great, the phone that [...]

Asus ZenFone 6 review: a neat flipping camera, but the battery life is better

Every now and then, an Android phone comes out of left field and surprises everybody with how good it is. The latest example is the Asus ZenFone 6, which you may have seen, thanks to its unique gimmick: a rear camera that flips up to become the selfie camera. It’s one of the many clever [...]

Sony Xperia 1 review: tall phone falls short

You can immediately see what Sony is going for with the new Xperia 1 just by looking at it. It’s so tall and unique that it’s obvious that Sony wanted to make it stand out from the pack of Android phones. In a world dominated by Samsung and Huawei, Sony needed to give people a [...]

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review: a OnePlus 7 Pro with a better camera

As has often been the case in the past, Oppo’s latest flagship phone has a lot in common with another from OnePlus, since the companies share ownership and supply chain resources. In this case, the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom follows the release of the impressive OnePlus 7 Pro. But for the first time, Oppo’s phone [...]

Motorola Moto Z4 review: lost in the crowd

The Moto Z4 is not a particularly exciting phone. It’s a midrange device with a familiar design, spec list, and feature set. Its main differentiator is Moto Mods, the attachable accessories that can magnetically snap on the back of the phone. But those aren’t really much of a draw anymore. They wore out their welcome [...]

OnePlus 7 review: designed to make you want the OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus pulled some sleight of hand with its naming of the OnePlus 7 series. It announced the 7 Pro like it’s the new addition to the lineup — and that is indeed a phone full of new things — but the novelty for OnePlus’ strategy is that the company is now doing an Apple-esque upcycling [...]

OnePlus 7 Pro review: proof that other big phones cost too much

Lots of companies make big phones, but in the US only two companies have sold the best big phones: Apple and Samsung. If you want a phone with a huge, near perfect screen, top-end performance, and great build quality, those were your choices. Sure, the Pixel XL line is pretty good and Huawei makes great [...]

The Pixel 3A puts Google’s phenomenal camera in a $400 phone

I am going to break an unwritten rule of tech reviews and tell you the ending right at the top: if you want to buy a new smartphone that costs between $300 and $500, you should buy a Pixel 3A or Pixel 3A XL. It is the best phone in that price range, and it’s [...]

Samsung Galaxy Fold review: broken dream

This is going to be a weird review. It’ll be weird because, as I’m sure you’ve heard, several reviewers have experienced their Galaxy Fold review unit screens breaking a day or two after receiving them. Some of those breaks happened because Samsung didn’t warn reviewers that a “protective layer” that looks exactly like a removable [...]

My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day

Look closely at the picture above, and you can see a small bulge right on the crease of my Galaxy Fold review unit. It’s just enough to slightly distort the screen, and I can feel it under my finger. There’s something pressing up against the screen at the hinge, right there in the crease. My [...]

Xiaomi Mi 9 review: cheap speed

Xiaomi’s flagship Mi series of smartphones is usually relatively unremarkable. Unlike the notch-busting Mi Mix line, the Mi phones don’t tend to have particularly interesting designs, and Xiaomi doesn’t push the prices as far down as it can with the Redmi range. The Mi phones are always just pretty good, pretty affordable phones. The Mi [...]

Motorola Moto G7 and G7 Power review: still the budget phones to beat

Over the last several years, Motorola has resoundingly established itself as the best option for consumers seeking an Android smartphone that’s far easier on their wallet than any flagship. And with midrange options like the OnePlus 6T continuing to creep up in price, Motorola isn’t really facing much direct competition — at least in the [...]

Huawei P30 Pro review: zooming into the future

Before I came across Huawei’s P30 Pro, I was confident in telling everyone that the Google Pixel 3, like its two predecessors, had the best smartphone camera. Now, I’m not so sure. The P30 Pro is not a complicated phone: it’s got a familiar and fast Kirin 980 processor, the same dimensions and all-glass design [...]

The Galaxy S10 is a great phone stuck in the middle of two better...

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 lineup of phones is perhaps the most expansive and extensive line of devices to share the same basic name. There are a total of four different devices bearing the S10 badge: the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, Galaxy S10E, and the yet-to-be-released Galaxy S10 5G. If you’ve got your mind set (and [...]

LG G8 ThinQ review: many gimmicks, not enough progress

If you’re looking for a new phone in 2019 that has a bunch of features, the LG G8 ThinQ should be on your shortlist. Compared to something like the Google Pixel 3, a purposefully plain phone, the LG G8 is on the opposite side of the spectrum. It’s vibrant and chock-full of experimental software tweaks [...]

Samsung Galaxy S10E review: short, not shortchanged

The past few years in smartphones have led us to believe that bigger is better: bigger displays, bigger batteries, and bigger price tags on these pocket computers we carry with us every day. Thankfully, in the case of the new Galaxy S10E, that’s no longer true. With the 10th anniversary Galaxy, Samsung is offering a [...]

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs. S9 vs. S10: should you upgrade?

Samsung has introduced its new lineup of Galaxy S10 phones with all the razzle-dazzle that can be expected from a major manufacturer. If you’re already the owner of a Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, S9, or S9 Plus, it’s time to sit down, take a breath, and think hard — is it time to trade in [...]

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review: the anti-iPhone

Every year for the past decade, Samsung has released a steady beat of new Galaxy S phones. The early Galaxy S phones were good, but not great, and were such close copies of the iPhone that Apple sued Samsung over them and won. It took Samsung a few years to hit its stride with high-end [...]

The best Chinese phones you can’t buy in the US

The American smartphone market is an increasingly boring place to be. You have Apple and Samsung at the top, LG in a distant third, then Motorola, and maybe the occasional wildcard option like Google and OnePlus collectively making up less than ten percent. If that’s all you see when you enter a phone store, you [...]

The Palm phone won’t save you from your phone

Everybody who sees the Palm phone doesn’t really want to believe me when I tell them that it isn’t any good. For one thing, it’s adorably tiny and decently well-designed. (It looks exactly like a little iPhone X.) People take one look and want it to be good, or at least good enough to fulfill [...]

Honor View 20 review: top-notch performance without the notch

Over the past three years, OnePlus has reigned mostly unchallenged as the “flagship-class Android phone with a midrange price” champion. Fast performance, tons of specs, and a respect for a customer’s wallet have earned that company a loyal and passionate following. But 2019 sees a challenger for the affections of the budget-conscious crowd emerging, and [...]

Is a slider better than a notch?

For the past 15 months or so, the dominant design trait of many smartphones has been the notch. The notch, which has various shapes and sizes depending on which phone you’re looking at, allows phone makers to put a larger screen inside a phone and still include the necessary front-facing camera and earpiece speaker. But [...]

Alcatel 1X (2019) review

With the Alcatel 1X (2019), the Nokia-owned brand (yes, really) has returned with another low-priced Android smartphone. As the name suggests, it’s far from a radical makeover - sharing the same moniker as the 2018 model of the phone - but there are a couple of notable quality-of-life improvements. A much better display and a [...]

Hands on: Nokia 3.2 review

The Nokia name is usually associated with ancient brick phones, but in recent years, revived under the stewardship of HMD Global, we've seen it kept up a steady output of mid-range and budget handsets. The latest in this roster is the Nokia 3.2, which launched alongside the slightly superior Nokia 4.2 at MWC 2019. The [...]

Cubot Quest rugged smartphone review

Where to buy? Online Chinese retailer, Gearbest, sells the Cubot Quest for $150 at the time of writing. Note that while this price includes delivery, it is exclusive of any taxes that may be levied by the relevant authorities or the courier companies on behalf of the vendor. We have only managed to review one [...]

OnePlus 6T review

Update: The OnePlus 7 has launched alongside the OnePlus 7 Pro, so you might want to consider them alongside OnePlus 6T - though the latter is still the most affordable of the three. While OnePlus has been releasing two phones per year since the 3T in 2016, the company maintains it will only launch its [...]

Ulefone Armor 6E rugged smartphone review

Where to buy? Online Chinese retailer, Gearbest, sells the Ulefone Armor 6E for $200 at the time of writing. Note that while this price includes delivery, it is exclusive of any taxes that may be levied by the relevant authorities or the courier companies on behalf of the vendor. Earlier this year, Ulefone launched the [...]

Nokia 4.2 review

Nokia’s smartphone reboot has been a quiet success, thanks to a string of smart and solid Android phones built by hardware partner HMD Global. The Nokia 4.2 is another such phone, offering a clean Android One experience at a budget price. By concentrating on the essentials and sticking to Google’s bloat-free software template, alongside a [...]

Moto G7 Play review

Motorola’s G-series has been a poster child for budget done right over the years, and 2019 is no exception. The Moto G7 Play, announced alongside the G7 Power, G7 and G7 Plus, is the most affordable of the four. Its main competition comes from the Nokia 3.1 Plus, a very comparably specced phone, and the [...]

Moto G7 Plus review

The Moto G7 Plus is the most premium offering in Motorola's new, affordable G7 quartet, offering up more power, better cameras and faster charging tech than its cheaper siblings. The budget end of the mobile market continues to go from strength to strength, which means there’s some serious competition for the Moto G7 Plus and [...]

Blackview BV9700 Pro rugged smartphone review

Blackview, together with Doogee, AGM and Ulefone, has been some of the more regular ruggedised smartphone vendors in a crowded market. The BV9700 Pro is the tenth smartphone that we will review from this prolific Chinese manufacturer. The former flagship model, the BV9500 Pro, launched in October and had some unique features that, even at [...]

Honor 20 review

Update: after Google suspended Huawei's future access to Android Play Store and security updates, there are serious question marks over the future of Huawei and Honor phones. While Google, Huawei and Honor have promised to support phones currently on the market, it's not clear how long they'll receive Android updates or access to the Google Play Store, [...]

Moto G6 review

Motorola’s G series has gone from strength to strength, which is a real achievement considering the first phone in the line, from 2013, set a new standard for affordable phones, and racked up sales to match. The company's aim with the Moto G line is to bring those features you’d normally expect on high-end phones [...]

iPhone 7 review

The iPhone 7 is the oldest iPhone (along with the iPhone 7 Plus) still sold by the company, and unsurprisingly it's also now the cheapest iPhone on offer through the firm's official website and stores. No longer is the iPhone 7 considered a flagship smartphone in Apple's stable, or even just one tier down, instead [...]

Doogee S90 rugged smartphone review

Ed: Don't buy the S90; instead, spend your hard earned cash on the S90 Pro in August 2019, if you can wait till then. At $300 including free shipping, it comes with Android 9.0 and the P70 CPU in lieu of Android 8.1 and the Helio P60. The price of the plain vanilla S90 is [...]

Hands on: OnePlus 7 Pro 5G review

The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is pretty much identical to the OnePlus 7 Pro. The only difference? Yup, you've guessed it, 5G connectivity. With that in mind, please read our full OnePlus 7 Pro review for a much more in-depth look at all aspects of this device. Here, we'll give you a more experiential look [...]

Hands on: Sony Xperia 5 review

Sony has taken to IFA 2019 to reveal its next compact flagship phone, and there's a new name involved as it's called the Xperia 5. This isn't a follow-up to the Xperia 1, instead it sits almost alongside in a similar way to the 'Xperia Compact' variants Sony used to produce alongside its flagship devices. [...]

Xiaomi Redmi 7A review

Throughout 2019 to date, it seems to have been Xiaomi’s mission to make a mark in the west. Following a relatively tentative initial venture to our rain-soaked British shores in late 2018, the Chinese firm has since deluged consumers with a large array of devices, each keenly targeted at a different segment of the market. [...]

Blackview BV5900 rugged smartphone review

Where to buy Blackview sells the BV5900 direct for just under $190 at the time of writing, in black, green or orange trim. Note that, while this price includes delivery, it is exclusive of any taxes that may be levied by the relevant authorities or the courier companies on behalf of the vendor. Blackview is [...]

iPhone 11 Pro review

Two-minute review The iPhone 11 Pro is Apple's latest iPhone that has people asking us "What's really changed?" It's a fair question because it looks very similar to last year's iPhone. But use the new cameras for a few minutes and both that question and inquisitive looks from doubters quickly fade. Apple put a lot [...]

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G review

The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is a big-screened 5G phone with plenty of power and a great triple camera setup. Set up for success? Absolutely, until you consider its price, and the fact the 4G Huawei Mate 20 X costs less and is arguably better. With a 7.2-inch screen, a 40MP camera and a [...]

Motorola One Zoom review

The Motorola One Zoom is a mid-range phone that has a flagship camera setup, and while it doesn’t deliver top-tier power, it’s a very compelling package. There’s a big screen, a near stock take on Android inside, and an under-display fingerprint scanner, not to mention those four cameras around the back. Capable of shooting wide, [...]

Asus ROG Phone 2 review

Asus got a lot right with its original ROG Phone, and while its successor shares very similar styling, a quick look at the ROG Phone 2’s spec sheet shows everything has been turbo-charged this time around. The Asus ROG Phone 2’s components are across-the-board monstrous; it has a 6,000mAh battery, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of [...]

Huawei Mate 30 Pro review

Editor's note: This is a full Huawei Mate 30 Pro review, but we haven't given the phone a star rating owing to the software issues you'll read about below. If in future Huawei pushes Google's services to the device, we'll be sure to revisit the star rating. In 2018, Huawei ‘arrived’, with its fantastic P20 [...]

Oppo Reno review

The Oppo Reno slots itself nicely into the mid to high-end smartphone market with a rather unique design. Its 'shark-fin' mechanical 16MP selfie camera means you truly get a bezel-free 6.4-inch AMOLED display sans HDR10 support. While immersive, it may not be the ideal multimedia companion given the single bottom firing speaker on board, but [...]

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