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Sony Xperia Z1S review

  • Impressive camera, especially in low light
  • Waterproof
  • Slim, stylish design
  • Nice screen
  • Poorly placed speaker
  • Underwater camera ability seems niche
  • Splashing water activates touchscreen
  • Design attracts fingerprints and smudges
Our Score 8
User Score 8

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

BlackBerry Z30 review

  • Solid build quality
  • Long battery life
  • Nice AMOLED screen
  • Impressive message-oriented features
  • Excellent speakers
  • High-end price, mid-range specs
  • App selection lags behind Android and iOS
  • Only 16GB of internal storage
Our Score 7
User Score 10

LG G Flex Review

  • Most powerful phone we’ve tested
  • Very comfortable for a 6-inch phablet
  • 2- to 3-day battery life
  • Gorgeous curved OLED screen
  • Great rear speaker
  • Too expensive
  • No built-in stylus
  • OLED screen has a grainy background
  • Too big for some hands
  • Scratch-healing doesn’t work well
Our Score 8
User Score 9

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini review

  • Free on contract with Sprint
  • Nice-looking AMOLED screen
  • Compact size is one-hand-friendly
  • Expandable storage
  • Lower-res screen than competition
  • Some performance stuttering
  • Battery life could be better
Our Score 6
User Score 0

HTC One Max review

  • Nice-looking screen
  • Good battery life
  • Great low-light camera
  • Expandable storage
  • Supports Sprint’s fledgling Spark LTE Network
  • Fingerprint reader doesn’t work, isn’t useful
  • Specs aren’t as fresh as 8mo ago in HTC One
  • Heavier than even the larger-screened Xperia Z…
Our Score 6
User Score 0

Motorola Moto G review

  • An absolute bargain at $180 unconnected
  • Stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean/Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Fast, capable processor
  • 4.5-inch, 720p screen is just about perfect
  • Excellent battery life
  • The camera is basic
  • A choice of 8GB or 16GB of memory
  • No removable battery
  • External speaker has to be cranked up to hear
  • No 4G LTE capability
Our Score 9
User Score 7

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom review

  • Very cool idea
  • Only phone with 10x optical zoom
  • MicroSD card support
  • Uncomfortable to hold, and bulky
  • Zoom wheel will annoy you
  • Weak processing power
  • Camera zoom doesn’t work with all apps
  • Photos didn’t look better than iPhone 5S
  • No full SD support
  • No external battery charging
Our Score 5
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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