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#1
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Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro sports a massive 4000mAh non-removable battery, which is more than enough to...

111 expert reviews | 1411 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Samsung Galaxy S9+ / S9 Plus

Aside from the overall size, price and camera, the biggest difference between the two Galaxy S9...

90 expert reviews | 3289 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

OnePlus 6

Like the prospect of an IP rating, there were many rumours before launch that the OnePlus 6 would...

104 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 you’ll find a 4000mAh battery, a cell so large there are few...

97 expert reviews | 99 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Huawei Honor 10

The other benefit of the Kirin chipset is its AI camera features. These work pretty much the same...

66 expert reviews | 103 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy S9

Battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S9 is almost exactly the same as last year’s S8. Even with the...

155 expert reviews | 4199 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 98

Motorola Moto G6

Perhaps the biggest upgrade Motorola has packed into the G6, on paper at least, are its dual rear...

55 expert reviews | 98 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

OnePlus 5T

When the OnePlus 5T first leaked it was rumoured the new 18:9 display would be complemented by a...

96 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Apple iPhone X

During my time with the iPhone X, I’ve found that it sits between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus...

109 expert reviews | 2877 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro offers buyers fantastic hardware and OK software.

108 expert reviews | 956 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

HTC U11 Plus / HTC U11+

Battery life is the second area in which the U11+ seriously improves on the U11. HTC’s upped the...

165 expert reviews | 224 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Huawei P20

Huawei fits a trimmed 3400mAh non-removable cell inside the P20, as opposed to the P20 Pro’s...

59 expert reviews | 920 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Nokia 7 Plus

Fantastic battery life and a big, bright screen make this the best phone from the ‘new’ Nokia.

47 expert reviews | 85 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy S8+ / Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Aside from the overall size, and of course price, the biggest difference between the two Galaxy...

130 expert reviews | 2767 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Honor View 10 / Huawei Honor V10

As for battery life, the 3750mAh battery does a commendable job at getting the View 10 through a...

63 expert reviews | 98 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy Note8

A worthy comeback for the Galaxy Note brand. The Note 8 has an excellent camera and stunning...

148 expert reviews | 1221 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Apple was very coy about battery life when it announced both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus...

70 expert reviews | 1408 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Motorola Moto G6 Plus

That marginally bigger size than the G6 means there’s a little extra room for a bigger battery –...

31 expert reviews | 76 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Nokia 8 Sirocco

The Nokia 8 Sirocco runs Android 8.0; it’s an Android One phone. This means there’s no custom...

99 expert reviews | 352 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact only makes sense for big spenders who are after a small phone.

49 expert reviews | 281 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 96

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is a phone that's as exciting as it is mystifying. The trim-bezel design and...

46 expert reviews

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#22
alaScore 96

BlackBerry Key2 / BlackBerry Athena

If you like the BlackBerry Key2 but wished it was cheaper and thinner, then you're in luck. The...

42 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

A solid, but distinctly average flagship smartphone.

63 expert reviews | 394 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 96

LG G7 ThinQ / LG G7+

The spec that stood out the most on the G7’s unveiling was its battery size. A 3000mAh cell in a...

83 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

OnePlus 5

2017 flagships have been pushing the boundaries in lots of areas, but battery life isn’t really...

126 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Mobile Phones

    Many years ago, a mobile phone was used only for making emergency calls. Not anymore. In this day and age, there are a very few things you can’t do with a cell phone- you can access the internet, check your e-mail, take photographs, find your way using maps and what not. It is no surprise then that the mobile phone is now an indispensable gadget.

    There is immense competition in the mobile phone sector and the market is literally flooded with all kinds of cell phones. Each of these promises to offer some unique feature- a 10 MP camera or a high quality Operating System or a variety of apps etc. It is very easy to lose your way in a world where a new mobile phone is released every week.

    Here are a few tips which should make your choice easier. The very basic step is to decide your own priorities- what is it that you expect from your cell phone? Do you want the very basic of features or are you looking for more advanced ones? And finally, how much can you afford to spend on a cell phone? The answers to these questions will form the basic framework for your choice. Let’s quickly go through the other criteria you must consider while buying a mobile phone:

    Rental Plans

    When you buy a cell phone, you have mainly three options to choose from-you could sign a contract with your service provider and get your handset free or at a heavily discounted price. Alternatively, you could choose the pay as you go plan under which you buy the cell phone on your own and pay the monthly rental. Or you could go ahead and buy the handset without any contract liabilities and buy a SIM card separately.

    The contract deals can help you save some money as there are many offers to choose from. On the flip side, the price that you have to pay can vary greatly according to the instrument you want. You might just have to pay quite a lot for a higher end instrument. If you choose to buy a handset separately, it gives you the freedom to choose from a variety of service providers. The choice largely depends on your usage patterns and other priorities.

    Features

    When it comes to choosing from the many different features available, rely on your preferences. Make a list of the features you can’t live without and another list with optional features. For example, if internet connectivity tops your priority list, get a phone with an efficient browser and a big screen. Alternatively, if you are used to sending a lot of messages, you might want to stay away from touchscreen phones.

    Among the most popular features are Wi-Fi connectivity, a high quality internet browser, touch screen, GPS, games, MP3 playback etc. Focus on what you want and look for a suitable mobile phone accordingly.

    Design

    The mobile phone is not just a functional device anymore, it is as much about the appearance as the functional capacity. There are different designs available: the traditional monoblock, sliders, QWERTY keypad phones or touchscreen phones. If you want to use your phone primarily to make calls and send messages, you can go for phones with simpler designs. Typically, they are faster and come with higher battery life. On the other hand, many advanced features like touch screen apps, high resolution screen, Flash video are offered by a Smartphone or an Android. Although, you have to be ready to spend a little extra money if you want these features.

    Battery Life

    In this regard, there are two options to choose from- the simpler phones which come with basic features tend to have a longer battery life while the more advanced phones need to be charged more often. After all, all the applications need a lot of battery power to function efficiently.

     

    Besides these major concerns, there are other factors which you can consider like the quality of Bluetooth devices, the efficiency of the 3G network, the kind of camera used, the cost of the phone etc. You must always remember to factor in your personal comfort level with the handset. After all, you will use this gadget more frequently than any other gadget you own and therefore you must feel at ease with it.

    There are many mobile phone brands to choose from. The Apple iPhone needs no introduction, it has revolutionised the mobile phone sector with the apps which add a different level of functionality to your phone. Nokia, Samsung and Blackberry are other prominent brands all catering to a distinct niche of mobile phones.

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