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    The HTC Bolt is a Speedy, Water-Resistant Phone Exclusive to Sprint

    HTC is coming in with another new smartphone, the HTC Bolt, just in time for the holidays. The company has partnered up with sprinter Usain Bolt to promote the new phone, but it’s the phone’s swimming abilities that might prove most attractive — it’s one of the few water-resistant Android smartphones to be released this year. […]

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    Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe Review

    The Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a big phone, but not in a bad way. Asus’s latest flagship phone manages to pack a large 5.7″ display into a svelte .3″ aluminum unibody design with diamond cut edges that weighs just six ounces. When you hold it, it feels too light to be that big, and we […]

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    Pixel XL Review: Android’s yardstick

    It’s the end of an era. After seven generations, the Nexus brand is no more. This year, Google gives us Pixel and Pixel XL, the first phones developed by the company in-house, and sold without any kind of co-branding. With prices ranging between $649 and $869, these are expensive devices, and the company is betting […]

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    The ZTE Axon 7 Mini Is Available for Preorder Starting Today

    We think the ZTE Axon 7 is one of the best smartphone deals of the year, combining top-notch specs with maybe the best smartphone speaker system and a mid-range price tag. The miniature version we saw at IFA is no slouch, either — it’s a smaller phone with mid-range specs, but it’s cheaper and still has […]

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    Huawei Nova Plus Review

    At IFA in September, Huawei announced a pair of new mid-range smartphones, introducing their Nova line. But, the Nova Plus and the Nova only seem to share a name — Huawei used different designs for the two phones, on top of making one bigger than the other. While the Nova looks more like Huawei’s Nexus 6P, […]

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    Nextbit Robin Review

    At the beginning of the year, we saw an unexpected new competitor in the smartphone market. Nextbit was created by ex-Google employees Tom Moss and Mike Chan, who got funding from Google Ventures and a successful Kickstarter campaign for their debut smartphone, Robin. Despite all that Google expertise, this isn’t a phone that hews closely to […]

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    LG V20 Review: multimedia powerhouse

    When LG launched the V10 last year we were pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t just a bigger version of the company’s impressive G4, but a phone with a uniquely rugged design, a secondary screen, dual selfie cameras, and advanced multimedia features. Things are different this year. LG arguably missed the mark with the G5, a fine […]

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    Huawei Honor 8 Review – Yet Another Great Mid-range Phone

    Huawei generally keeps their Huawei-branded phones out of the United States — no P9 or Mate phones for us. What we do get are their Nexus devices and the phones sold under their Honor brand. Huawei’s Honor phones tend to be priced as midrange devices, but generally feature aesthetically pleasing design and upper-tier smartphone camera tech. […]

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    The LG V20 is Their Latest Media Powerhouse of a Smartphone

    LG’s fall smartphone release is here, and it’s a follow-up to the audio/video monster that was the V10. The V20 sees a physical redesign and even more in the way of audio and video features, as well as a continued commitment to the replaceable battery (but not the modularity) established by the LG G5. And, LG […]

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    Huawei Introduces Nova Smartphones, Their New Mid-Range Line

    In recent years, Huawei had been making waves with their premium smartphones, including the Mate S, Mate 8, and P9. At IFA this year, they’ve pushed into midrange territory with their new Nova line, announcing the Nova and Nova Plus at their press conference today. While the two phones still suffer from Huawei’s usual issues — […]

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    ZTE Shrinks the AXON 7 with the AXON 7 Mini

    The AXON 7 has been a home-run for ZTE, and rightfully so. It’s one of the best affordable flagship phones out there, and that is because it proves that you can get a great premium smartphone without breaking the bank. Today at IFA, ZTE has announced the ZTE AXON Mini. Sporting a 5.2” 1080p screen, the Mini […]

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    Lenovo Gets Creative With the Chic Ultra-thin 2-in-1 Yoga Book

    Lenovo has a back to school surprise at IFA that promises to be one of the most backpack-friendly laptops they’ve ever made. The Yoga Book is a 2-in-1 with a smaller version of Lenovo’s 360-degree watchband hinge, and it manages to be just 1.52 pounds and 9.6 mm thick — that’s closed, including the keyboard. Seems […]

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    Google Duo Takes on FaceTime and Skype, And It’s Out Now

    Yeah, it’s another video calling app. Despite the fact that virtually every messaging app now allows for video calling (including Google’s own Hangouts), Google saw fit to announce another one at their Google I/O developer conference earlier this year. Google Duo, which is launching today, is a simple video calling app, and nothing else — […]

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    Huawei Launches the Affordable Premium Honor 8 Smartphone in the United States (Hands-On)

    While Huawei goes back a ways as an electronics manufacturer in China, their self-professed millennial-focused Honor brand was only created in 2013. While the company usually doesn’t bring their Huawei-branded phones to the United States, they have decided to launch Honor devices here, including the 5X. Last night in San Francisco, the company announced their latest […]

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    Could Google Fuchsia Be a Brand New Operating System?

    Some pretty interesting rumors surrounding Google are flaring up this week. Several outlets are reporting, based on bits and pieces of evidence from chatlogs and open source development sites, that Google is working on a brand new operating system. Google’s best-known operating system is Android, which we’ve seen on smartphones since 2008. Google acquired Android […]