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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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    Moto Z Play and Hassleblad True Zoom Moto Mod Review

    Like last year with the Moto X, Lenovo has pushed out a midrange Play version of their new flagship smartphone. The Moto Z Play has the same design as the great Moto Z and Moto Z Force — including compatibility with the new Moto Mods — but is cheaper due to midrange specs. That includes the camera, […]

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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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    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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    The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Gets a Teaser Video Full of Clues

    We’ve gotten word that a new Samsung smartphone, almost certainly the Galaxy Note 7 (they’re skipping 6), will be announced on Tuesday, August 2. If there was any doubt about that, let it be laid to rest — Samsung Mobile Korea has launched a teaser for their announcement that directly references the Note line and includes […]

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    BlackBerry Announces the DTEK50, Their Second Android Smartphone

    BlackBerry hasn’t given up on their handset division just yet. Despite discontinuing their two-year old BlackBerry Classic without a follow-up, the company has announced a second Android device called the DTEK50. While their first Android device, the BlackBery Priv, was priced in the premium range, the DTEK50 has its sight set on a mid-range market […]

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    Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus Review

    Although the ‘4’ designation isn’t official, Motorola’s recently released Moto G and Moto G Plus represent the fourth generation of the smartphone, long held to be one of the best mid-range smartphone deals on the market. And, that’s exactly what these two (mostly similar) phones are — terrific mid-range phones that represent a significant step […]

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    Moto Z and Moto Z Force Review

    Despite the smartphone market leveling off after years of torrid growth, it seems like we’ve got more choices than ever when it comes to high-end phones. The longtime premium Android players like Samsung, HTC, and LG are still there, with lower-cost brands like Asus, ZTE, OnePlus, and Alcatel rapidly catching up in terms of quality […]

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    Alcatel Idol 4S Review

    Known for making value smartphones, Alcatel has been relatively quiet in the U.S., but the company still has a strong market share worldwide. That first part could be changing — their latest handset is the Idol 4S, and it’s poised to compete in the increasingly competitive midrange premium market, going head to head with the likes of the […]

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    ZTE ZMax Pro is a $99 Phablet for Lucky MetroPCS Customers

    I have absolutely no idea how ZTE isn’t selling these for a loss (if that’s even true), but I guess that doesn’t matter much on our end — the 6″ ZTE ZMax Pro is coming to MetroPCS and is selling for just $100, despite having a solid set of mid-tier specs. If you’re looking for an […]