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Motorola Droid Turbo review

Portly phones like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and Google Nexus 6 get all the attention for a good reason: Some are so big that they actually overshadow their competition. But not everyone wants a gadget they’ll struggle to shoehorn into a pair of Levi’s. And for anyone realizing bigger isn’t necessarily better, has Motorola […] See Full Review »

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Nokia Lumia 1520 Review

  • Full HD screen
  • Extra space for more Live Tiles
  • Fast, powerful processor
  • Great 20-megapixel camera
  • MicroSD card support
  • Great battery life
  • Size will be too large for many
  • Stereo speakers would be nice
  • Windows Phone may be a turn off
Our Score 7
User Score 9

HTC Touch Dual Review

  • Lightweight; multimedia friendly; easy keyboard to…
  • Tricky touchscreen; average music capabilities;…
Our Score 8
User Score 3

Huawei Ascend P7 Review

  • Big, 1080p 5-inch screen
  • iPhone-level build quality
  • 8MP selfie cam
  • Good rear camera
  • MicroSD card support
  • Battery won’t last you a day
  • Slippery back slides right off tables
  • Doesn’t feel like an Android phone
  • No removable battery
Our Score 6
User Score 8

Apple iPhone (8GB) Review

  • 3.5-inch touch screen; quad-band world band EDGE;…
  • No 3G HSDPA compatibility; no wireless iTunes…
Our Score 9
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Sony Xperia Z Review

  • Beautiful glass design
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Powerful processor
  • Great button placement
  • Glass case prone to fingerprints
  • Battery life weak
Our Score 8
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Nokia Lumia 1020 Review

  • Best smartphone camera available
  • Gorgeous AMOLED screen
  • Great exclusive apps
  • Good sound volume
  • Clear call quality
  • Windows Phone 8 lacks certain apps
  • Windows Phone 8 still has some quirks
  • No microSD card support
  • Battery is not removable
  • Expensive $300 price tag
Our Score 8
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Google Nexus 4 Review

  • Excellent screen
  • Android 4.2
  • Speedy performance
  • Low price for an unsubsidized phone
  • No LTE
  • Glass back makes phone more fragile
  • Non-removable battery
  • No microSD ext
Our Score 8.5
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HTC Amaze 4G Review

  • Potent processor and hardware
  • Great camera
  • Extra recording button is odd, but useful
  • HTC promises quick Android 4.0 (Ice Cream…
  • HTC Sense is great for first-time smartphone users…
  • Strange design
  • Mediocre battery life
  • 4.3-inch screen may be too large for some.
  • LCD screen cannot match the color of AMOLED
  • Camera can get a little hyper
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Editor Phone Reviews

Picking a new phone can be confusing and overwhelming and, if you're on a standard wireless plan, you're going to be doing it every two years or so. The answer to the question "What phone should I buy" depends on your carrier, the operating system you prefer, and the app and content ecosystem you're most tied into. Rather than ask you a bunch of crazy questions, we organize our reviews to address the big ones and break down the details that will matter. Don't understand why dual-core phones might be better quad-cores, what LTE is, or why Android phones all have such different interfaces? Don't worry about it; we get paid for this stuff. We'll explain it.

For more tips make sure to check out our cell phone buying guide and our selections for the best cell phones.

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