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Review: Huawei Honor 8

Yesterday, 3:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Huawei Honor 8 is a high-quality piece of hardware that's surprisingly affordable. It competes well with a handful of other $400 unlocked phones from the likes of Alcatel, OnePlus, and ZTE. The Honor 8 boasts top specs, an attractive glass-and-metal design, and Huawei's Emotion UI on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Apple Watch Series 2

Tuesday, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple's new smartwatch takes a giant leap in the right direction thanks to a faster processor and dramatically improved software. WatchOS 3.0 retools the wearable with a strong focus on fitness. The improved screen, better battery life, and added GPS give the Series 2 just the right mix of features to make it worth using on a daily basis. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Sep 21, 2016, 3:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus offers a few tricks that the smaller iPhone 7 doesn't. I particularly like how the dual cameras work together and how the larger power cell pushes battery life past a single day. Together with iOS 10, the iPhone 7 Plus is a formidable smartphone, even if it's hard to distinguish from its predecessors. Here is Phonescoop's full review.

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Review: Apple iPhone 7

Sep 20, 2016, 3:05 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple's annual iPhone upgrade manages to include some features — water resistance, better cameras, improved battery life — that are worth considering even if you're coming from a newer iPhone. Together with iOS 10, the iPhone 7 is no doubt a powerful addition to the iPhone family.

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Review: Apple iOS 10

Sep 16, 2016, 3:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple's iOS 10 gives iPhones and iPads a healthy serving of new features. Some are easy to discover, while others are not. We really like the new iMessage tools and the snappiness of Apple News. It's hard not to appreciate the more powerful version of Siri to lend a helping hand when requested. Apple Maps and Apple Photos are now much better at search, but Apple Music still struggles a bit. Here is Phonescoop's full review of iOS 10 for Apple iPhones and iPads.

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Review: OnePlus 3

Sep 13, 2016, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The OnePlus 3 boasts top-level specs and performance, but is more affordable than you might think. Those interested in exploring the unlocked Android market will find a lot to like in the OnePlus 3. Here is our full review.

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Review: Motorola Moto Z Play and Hasselblad True Zoom Mod

Sep 8, 2016, 3:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola's latest Moto Z handset is a compelling and affordable Android smartphone that also happens to be compatible with the company's ecosystem of Moto Mods. Along with the Z Play, we've reviewed the Hasselblad True Zoom camera mod.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note7 for T-Mobile

Aug 26, 2016, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's Galaxy Note7 is one of the best phones of the year. This pricey phablet is a powerhouse of mobile computing. If you can afford it, there are few Android phones as feature-rich as the Note7.

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Review: ZTE Axon 7

Aug 22, 2016, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

ZTE's flagship is an attractive piece of hardware that shows the company's A Game. The Axon 7 is a premium Android smartphone that costs less than some of the competition and yet performs just as well. Here is Phonescoop's full review.

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Review: Motorola VerveOnes+ Bluetooth Headphones

Aug 18, 2016, 10:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola's VerveOne+ headphones are an attractive set of fully wireless earbuds for people who like to rock out while out and about. The concept may be a good one, and the VerveOnes+ show flashes of brilliance, but the execution isn't quite up to par. Here is PhoneScoop's full review.

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Review: BlackBerry DTEK50

Aug 4, 2016, 3:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Aug 4, 2016, 3:33 PM

The DTEK50 runs BlackBerry's apps and services on Google's operating system and Alcatel's hardware. It's a curious collaboration of sorts that adds up to a better 'Berry. This slim Android device is everything that BlackBerry phones should have been — but never were. Here is Phonecoop's in-depth review.

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Review: SanDisk iXpand Drive for iPhone

Aug 3, 2016, 3:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

SanDisk is pitching its iXpand Drive as a quick and easy way to backup your iPhone's photos and other files. It also plays media content so you can keep music and movies from hogging up precious room on your device. Here is Phonescoop's review.

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Review: SnapPower Charger

Aug 1, 2016, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The SnapPower Charger is an alternate faceplate that quickly and easily adds USB power to most any wall outlet. Here is Phonescoop's quick take.

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Review: ZTE ZMax Pro for MetroPCS

Jul 29, 2016, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The ZMax Pro is an Android smartphone that delivers a premium experience and powerful performance at an affordable price point. This budget-minded handset is no cheap simpleton. The ZMax Pro is a well-rounded addition to MetroPCS' roster of phones. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth repot.

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Review: Alcatel Idol 4S - Unlocked

Jul 22, 2016, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel's flagship Android handset strives to break through barriers with its high-end design and mid-range specs. The middle of the market is a tough space in which to play, and, rather than allowing the Idol 4S to stand on its own merits, Alcatel hopes a set of VR goggles, a case, and a pair of headphones will help sweeten the deal. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review of the Alcatel Idol 4S.

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Review: Motorola Z Droid, Z Force Droid for Verizon Wireless

Jul 21, 2016, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola's flagship smartphones for 2016 are the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid for Verizon Wireless. These Android smartphone are unique thanks to their slim, metal designs and swappable modular back panels. Here is Phonescoop's full review of these handsome handsets.

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Review: Ultimate Ears Boom 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Jul 20, 2016, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Boom 2 is a portable Bluetooth speaker that's unique thanks to new support for Siri and Google Now, allowing users to control the music via voice commands. It's also rugged, waterproof, and delivers excellent battery life. Here is Phonescoop's review of the Boom 2 from Ultimate Ears.

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Review: Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Bluetooth Speaker

Jul 20, 2016, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Ultimate Ears' Roll 2 is a compact, rugged, waterproof speaker that's ideal for summertime, on-the-go action. Its odd shape and coloring give it some character in a me-too market full of alternatives. Here is Phonescoop's review of the Roll 2.

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Review: Motorola G4 and G4 Plus -- Unlocked

Jul 14, 2016, 2:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola's middleweight smartphones are back for another round. The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus share most features, but the Plus adds a little something extra. These devices run a near stock version of Android and enjoy some welcome enhancements from Motorola. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review of Moto's latest mid-range handsets.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy J7 for Boost Mobile

Jul 8, 2016, 3:10 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's mid-range Galaxy J7 finds solid footing among Boost Mobile's smartphone roster. This Android handset brings a lot to the table with a 5.5-inch screen, 13-megapixel camera, and Android 6 Marshmallow. Here is Phonescoop's full review.

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Review: Otterbox Universe and Olloclip 4-in-1

Jul 5, 2016, 10:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Olloclip's 4-in-1 lens is one of the first few accessories to work with Otterbox's new Universe modular case system. The case provides rugged protection, while the lenses let you be more creative with your Apple iPhone's camera. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review of how these two products work together.

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Review: Sony Xperia X - Unlocked

Jun 29, 2016, 11:45 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Xperia X is an unlocked Android smartphone that Sony is selling directly to consumers. The phone departs from Sony's Xperia Z series in ways that are both good and bad. This compact handset works with AT&T and T-Mobile, delivers good battery life, and has an excellent camera. It's a shame that so many features have been stripped out. Here is Phonescoop's full review of the Xperia X from Sony.

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Review: ZTE Grand X Max 2 for Cricket Wireless

Jun 23, 2016, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

ZTE is looking to take the title of King Phablet with the Grand X Max 2 for Cricket Wireless. This enormous handset features a 6-inch screen, 3,400mAh battery, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Here is Phonescoop's full review of the ZTE Grand X Max 2.

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Review: Coolpad Catalyst for T-Mobile

Jun 17, 2016, 3:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Coolpad is back with another handset for T-Mobile. The Catalyst is a low-cost Android smartphone for novice or older users. This phone may be inexpensive, but it suffers from several critical problems that limit its appeal to a small group. Find out what ails the Catalyst in our full review.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 Active for AT&T

Jun 14, 2016, 4:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's latest semi-rugged smartphone for AT&T dials back the good looks of the Galaxy S7 in favor of a stronger, studier frame. The S7 Active is tough enough to take a tumble without the brick-like bulk of some fully rugged handsets. This Android phone also delivers excellent battery life. Here is Phonescoop's full review.

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Review: Microsoft Lumia 650 for Cricket Wireless

Jun 3, 2016, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Microsoft's mid-range Lumia 650 is a more attractive option than Microsoft's other handsets and is quite affordable. This Windows 10 Mobile smartphone should appeal to budget-minded shoppers who prefer prepaid services and are already invested in the Windows platform.

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Review: LG Stylo 2 for Boost Mobile

May 26, 2016, 3:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated May 26, 2016, 3:37 PM

LG's second take on its stylus-equipped smartphone is easier to use and performs better than its predecessor. The Stylo 2 is also well made, inexpensive, yet laden with Android and LG goodies. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of the LG Stylo 2 for Boost Mobile.

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Review: GBoard and Word Flow Keyboards for iPhone

May 13, 2016, 3:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google and Microsoft have fielded new keyboard apps — GBoard and Word Flow, respectively — for the Apple iPhone. GBoard includes search tools, while Word Flow lets you create your own themes. Here is a quick rundown on these alternative keyboard apps for iOS users.

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Review: LG Spree for Cricket Wireless

May 12, 2016, 2:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG's latest low-cost Android smartphone for Cricket Wireless is compact and well made, but it misses the mark in more ways than one. Here is Phonescoop's full review of the LG Spree.

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Review: Kyocera Hydro Reach for Boost Mobile

May 5, 2016, 4:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Kyocera's latest Hydro-series handset is the Reach. It's a waterproof smartphone for Boost Mobile that offers a low-cost of entry to the world of Android. The Reach can certainly handle getting wet, but it's somewhat underpowered and suffers from several other issues. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth report.

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