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#1
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Samsung Galaxy Note8

The Note 8 has the best big display on a smartphone and acts as Samsung's big phone comeback...

112 expert reviews | 440 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

HTC U11

The HTC U11 is a wildly impressive phone - in a sea of wildly impressive phones. The core...

100 expert reviews | 173 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

A solid iPhone, but a clear evolution from previous Plus models. Compared to the iPhone X it's...

44 expert reviews | 529 user reviews

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OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 may not be as cheap as the company's previous handsets, but it's one of the best...

78 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a phone that should be one of the very first you look at when deciding...

160 expert reviews | 3190 user reviews

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alaScore 98

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...

86 expert reviews | 1807 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 97

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Not only is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro the most impressive device we’ve seen from Huawei to date...

41 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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Apple iPhone X

The iPhone X was a huge gamble from Apple, but one that really paid off. Losing the home button...

47 expert reviews | 87 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Huawei Honor 9

The Honor 9 offers a lot of what the high-end flagship phones do right now, but for a much lower...

48 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has everything you want when paying top dollar for a phone, with its...

86 expert reviews | 383 user reviews

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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...

93 expert reviews | 637 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Apple iPhone 8

Don’t let the iPhone 8 name fool you – this is very much the iPhone 7S, an incremental upgrade on...

51 expert reviews | 603 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Google Pixel 2 XL / Google Pixel XL2

Despite losing the cherished 3.5mm headphone jack, the Pixel 2 XL makes up for it in spades with...

44 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Huawei Mate 9

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

107 expert reviews | 425 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei P10 Plus

In isolation, this is a really good phone. But in comparison with what else is on the market, its...

46 expert reviews | 239 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Apple iPhone 7

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

147 expert reviews | 9621 user reviews

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alaScore 96

OnePlus 3T

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

77 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Huawei Honor 8 Pro / Honor V9

The Honor 8 Pro is an accomplished, well-rounded phone, but one that's just lacking that killer...

50 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

If you’re a keen photographer, there’s nothing else that comes close to it at the price, but if...

59 expert reviews | 616 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Nokia 8

The Nokia 8 offers a lot of great features such as a powerful chipset, dual-sensor camera and a...

30 expert reviews | 70 user reviews

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alaScore 96

LG G6 / LG G6 Dual H870DS

The G6 is a great phone from LG, one that pushes the brand back to the forefront of the...

130 expert reviews | 251 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

The Xperia XZ1 Compact may look similar to previous phones from Sony, but it packs a punch and is...

23 expert reviews | 140 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

Sony Xperia XZ1 / Sony Xperia XZ1 Dual F8342

The Sony Xperia XZ1 looks to be another accomplished flagship phone with some clever camera...

34 expert reviews | 168 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

LG V30

The LG V30 is a confident step forward, not just for LG’s experimental smartphone branch, but for...

25 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930)

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

233 expert reviews | 15577 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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