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#1
alaScore 100

Samsung Galaxy S8+ / Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

The Galaxy S8 Plus is the Android phone you want if you like big and tall smartphones. The...

55 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Samsung Galaxy S8

Apart from the irritating performance of the biometrics and the high price, the Galaxy S8 is a...

110 expert reviews | 69 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

OnePlus 3T

It does everything really, really well, and while it may not truly excel in areas such as screen...

67 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (G935)

Five stars to Samsung, as the brand iterates perfectly on an already award-winning smartphone...

201 expert reviews | 9796 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Huawei Mate 9

The Huawei Mate 9 is a phablet that's built to last, with an impressive camera, powerful...

95 expert reviews | 76 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Apple iPhone 7

If you're going to buy a new iPhone, this is the one to get – there's a slightly longer battery...

138 expert reviews | 2325 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (SM-N930)

The Galaxy Note 7 took Samsung's best phone to date, the S7 Edge, stretched it to a 5.7-inch...

147 expert reviews | 212 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930)

Samsung has tweaked the winning design from the S6, righted the wrongs of its previous flagships...

229 expert reviews | 6663 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

It may not be the upgrade we were hoping for, but the iPhone 7 Plus is still an excellent phone...

69 expert reviews | 1512 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

Huawei P10

The Huawei P10 looks to be a great phone you'll love if you're upgrading from a two year old...

50 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

LG G6 / LG G6 Dual H870DS

With a stunning screen, Google Assistant, 60fps 4K video recording, expandable storage, this is...

60 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Google Pixel XL

The Pixel XL features top-of-the-line specs to introduce Android 7.1 Nougat to the world. This VR...

84 expert reviews | 68 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Lenovo P2

The Lenovo P2 offers incredible battery life and still manages to tick off all the other aspects...

23 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Apple iPhone SE

Apple's really dialled back the screen and design to hit the price point - but it's still a...

159 expert reviews | 7600 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Huawei P9

The P9 is another accomplished smartphone from Huawei, with an innovative camera setup and plenty...

165 expert reviews | 455 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

For years now the Moto G5 has been the pinnacle of budget smartphones. Others have crammed in...

41 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

LG G5

The LG G5's modular party pieces are yet to be fully realized, but away from that you've got a...

197 expert reviews | 1103 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

HTC 10

The HTC 10 is the most compelling smartphone from HTC in the past few years. This new handset...

174 expert reviews | 303 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (SM-A520)

The new Samsung Galaxy A5 looks like a flagship, performs like a mid-ranger and is priced...

35 expert reviews | 92 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Sony Xperia XZ

The Sony Xperia XZ is a great premium handset offering everything you'd expect from a flagship...

72 expert reviews | 222 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 96

OnePlus 3

The Chinese startup has improved on a number of issues fans had with its predecessor, wrapping...

101 expert reviews | 134 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 96

Motorola Moto Z Play

The Moto Z Play is meant to play, as is made clear by its headphone jack and long-lasting battery...

52 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 95

Xiaomi Mi MIX

The highlight of the Mi Mix is certainly its unusual 6.4-inch IPS screen that is almost...

25 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

ZTE Axon 7

ZTE Axon 7 is less expensive than the best flagship smartphones, yet it looks and performs like a...

38 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple's done what we all expected - finely balanced its 'S' phone. 3D Touch is a genuine...

196 expert reviews | 13712 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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