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LG G Pro 2 review

  • Powerful processor
  • Gorgeous screen
  • KnockOn feature works well
  • Comfortable to hold for a phablet
  • MicroSD support
  • Good camera
  • It’s still massive
  • Not waterproof or extra durable
  • Price tag unknown
  • Lacks a stylus
  • No standout reason to choose it
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Nokia Lumia Icon review

  • Gorgeous OLED 1080p screen
  • Fast, powerful processor
  • Great 20-megapixel camera
  • 32GB of internal memory
  • Nokia MixRadio app offers free offline music
  • Slight muffling of phone call audio
  • Windows Phone lacks apps
  • Windows Phone lacks notifications
  • No MicroSD card support
Our Score 7
User Score 8

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

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.

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