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Vertu Signature Touch review

  • Solid spec sheet
  • Incredible build quality
  • Truly premium materials
  • Exclusivity
  • Worldwide 4G LTE
  • Superb audio
  • It costs $11,500
  • Occasionally buggy software
  • Underwhelming camera
Our Score 7
User Score 0

Asus PadFone X review

  • Comfortable to hold
  • Beautiful screen
  • Powerful specs
  • Two decent things … for the price of one
  • Tablet doubles as a battery
  • Decent warranty
  • Tablet screen is oddly small
  • Apps crash … a lot
  • Peripherals don’t cut it
  • Easily blockable speaker
  • A lot of AT&T bloatware
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active review

  • Very powerful, like the Galaxy S5
  • Nice camera
  • Ruggedized exterior
  • Long battery life
  • MircoSD slot
  • Removable battery
  • No fingerprint reader
  • Phone vibrates when speaker is cranked
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review

  • Manageable size
  • Speedy performance
  • Premium design
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • MicroSD support
  • Battery life
  • Fingerprint and dust magnet
  • Big bezels above and below screen
  • Flaps on ports
  • No selectable macro mode
  • Pre-applied ASF
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Sony Xperia Z2 review

  • Very fast and powerful
  • Gorgeous display
  • Premium design
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • MicroSD support
  • Feature packed camera
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • Battery life
  • Fingerprint and dust magnet
  • Big bezels above and below screen
  • Not especially comfortable to hold
  • 4K recording heats up
  • Flaps on ports
Our Score 8
User Score 2

Motorola Moto E review

  • It costs $130
  • Comes with Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Great battery life
  • Decent-sounding speakers
  • Moto Alert is useful
  • MicroSD slot included for expanded storage
  • No 4G LTE
  • 4GB of internal storage is not enough
  • Crappy rear cam, no front cam
  • Screen has poor viewing angles
  • Battery cover rattles
  • No NFC
Our Score 5
User Score 0

HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition review

  • Same great hardware as standard One M8
  • Excellent bundled headphones
  • Spotify perks (if you’re on a Framily plan)
  • Sprint tweaks uglify the UI
  • Still slippery in the hand
  • Competing flagships are waterproof
  • Audio tweaks have a limited appeal
  • Overloaded with pre-installed apps
Our Score 7
User Score 0

Samsung Galaxy S5 review

  • Fast, powerful processor
  • Clean, redesigned interface
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Built-in fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor
  • Feels comfortable to hold
  • Competitive camera
  • MicroSD support
  • Removable battery with new Ultra Power Saver Mode
  • Stale design
  • Poor speaker quality
  • No KnockOn feature
  • Audio jack is on top of phone
  • Camera refocus is a gimmick
  • Packed with Samsung services
Our Score 9
User Score 0

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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.

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