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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: 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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Review: HTC 10

Apr 14, 2016, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Apr 14, 2016, 11:22 AM

The HTC 10 is here to wage battle against flagships from Apple, LG, and Samsung. This Android smartphone is perhaps more evolutionary than revolutionary, but that shouldn't take away from its attractive design, powerful multimedia features, and excellent performance. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth report about HTC's latest smartphone.

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Review: Apple iPhone SE for AT&T

Apr 7, 2016, 3:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Apple iPhone SE should appeal to those who like 'em small and like 'em cheap(er). With a 4-inch screen and compact footprint, the iPhone SE packs a lot of punch into its frame. Thanks to updated specs and a fresh version of iOS 9.3, the SE performs almost as well as Apple's larger iPhones. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth report.

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Review: LG G5 for AT&T

Apr 1, 2016, 10:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG took a bold step forward with the G5, an Android smartphone that adopts a modular design for added functionality. The G5 shows LG thinking a bit outside the box in an attempt to win over consumers. The G5 is a worthy rival to the flagships from Apple and Samsung, but it isn't for everyone. Here is Phonescoop's full review.

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Review: Blu Vivo 5

Mar 25, 2016, 6:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Blu is selling the Vivo 5 directly to consumers unlocked. This Android device is slim, attractive, and made from good materials. It boasts a big screen, solid camera, exceptional battery, and compatibility with AT&T and T-Mobile. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth report about Blu's latest.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for Verizon Wireless

Mar 17, 2016, 3:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's top-of-the-line smartphone for 2016 is the Galaxy S7 Edge. This curvy beauty is a powerful addition to Samsung's roster of Android smartphones. It impresses with its high-quality design, materials, and build. The rounded glass edges and larger battery give the S7 Edge an (ahem) edge over the smaller S7. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S7 for Verizon Wireless

Mar 11, 2016, 4:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's 2016 flagship represents the company's best effort in the fight for smartphone dominance. This beautifully crafted phone stands tall among its competitors, and justly so. Samsung packed a lot of capability into an easy-to-use, attractive handset that claims to have it all. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review of the Galaxy S7.

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Review: Alcatel Fierce XL with Windows for T-Mobile

Mar 8, 2016, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel ported Windows 10 to its Fierce XL handset and the result is a low-cost point of entry to Microsoft's ecosystem of productivity apps. The Fierce XL with Windows in a simple smartphone that impresses and bores at the same time. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth report.

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Review: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Mar 2, 2016, 4:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sony is offering its Xperia Z5 Compact to US buyers online. This unlocked Android smartphone works with both AT&T and T-Mobile. It offers the best of the Z5 flagship in a smaller, more affordable package. The design, materials, and build quality are top notch, and the camera software dazzles. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth report.

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Review: Nextbit Robin

Feb 18, 2016, 9:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Feb 18, 2016, 5:55 PM

Nextbit hopes the Robin will convince people to jump into the cloud feet first. This Android smartphone prioritizes which apps and files get to stay on the phone, and which are relegated to Nextbit's servers. It's a unique approach looking to solve the problem of too much content, and not enough space. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy J3 for Boost Mobile

Feb 16, 2016, 9:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Galaxy J3 may not look like much, but it performs far better than its meager price point would suggest. It's not perfect, but this low-cost Android smartphone for Boost Mobile is a good pick if you're looking for something in the middle of the pack. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: LG Tribute 5 for Boost Mobile

Feb 11, 2016, 10:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG's latest low-cost smartphone for Boost Mobile is the Tribute 5. The phone competes in a crowded roster of similarly-priced handsets in Boost's lineup and struggles to stand out from the crowd. Here is Phone Scoop's take on this inexpensive Android smartphone.

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Review: ZTE Grand X 3 for Cricket Wireless

Feb 5, 2016, 5:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

ZTE's latest arrival is the Grand X 3, an inexpensive Android phablet for Cricket Wireless. Some smart design and material choices help the Grand X 3 look and feel like a much more costly device than it really is. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth report about ZTE's entry-level scrapper.

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Review: Kyocera DuraXE for AT&T

Jan 25, 2016, 4:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Kyocera's latest rugged clamshell for AT&T boasts LTE and mobile hotspot powers, in addition to its in-your-face attitude and truck-like build. This compact phone may include only the most elemental functions, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Kyocera DuraForce XD for AT&T

Jan 19, 2016, 6:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Kyocera's latest rugged hardware is built like a tank, which means it's tougher than hell, but also huge and heavy. If you need a hardy handset, this Android phablet has you covered and then some. Phone Scoop put the DuraForce XD through its paces in this in-depth report.

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Review: BlackBerry Priv for AT&T

Jan 13, 2016, 4:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Priv is the first BlackBerry to ship with Google's Android operating system rather than BlackBerry's own BBOS. BlackBerry opted for Android in order to expand the number of apps available to the phone, but it was sure to install its key messaging and security services to make the Priv more attractive to potential business users. The Priv also bears the distinction of being one of the only Android handsets in the market to include a physical keyboard. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth report.

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Review: Blu Studio Selfie

Dec 24, 2015, 1:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Studio Selfie marks Blu's first real push into the U.S. market. This inexpensive Android phone features surprisingly good materials and build quality, reasonably good performance, and a stock Android experience. The Studio Selfie is sold unlocked and works with the LTE networks of T-Mobile and AT&T. It's a bargain for those who prefer the unlocked life.

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Review: Microsoft Lumia 950

Dec 16, 2015, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Microsoft's first Windows 10 Mobile handset, the Lumia 950, is here at last. This device boasts a beautiful screen and powerful camera, and includes unique features such as iris recognition biometrics and the ability to act as a full, desktop computer. Learn more about the Lumia 950 in Phone Scoop's in-depth report.

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Review: Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile

Dec 11, 2015, 5:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Window 10 for smartphones builds on the foundation created by Microsoft for its desktops, laptops, and tablets. Windows 10 is a unifying platform that boasts universal apps and common, key functions that make for a seamless experience across form factors. The update moves Microsoft's mobile platform closer than it's ever been to Apple's iOS and Google's Android, but it still trails in a few core areas. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth report of Windows 10 Mobile.

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Review: HTC One A9 for AT&T

Dec 2, 2015, 6:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The One A9 from HTC is a high-class Android smartphone. It is among the first to ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and boasts amenities such as a fingerprint reader and top-quality materials. The phone may strongly resemble another handset in the market, but the One A9 offers plenty to like in a well-made package. Here is Phone Scoop's full review.

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Review: LG V10 for AT&T

Nov 20, 2015, 4:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The V10 from LG includes a secondary display and advanced camera features. This massive Android smartphone is a flagship-class device thanks to good specs, solid build quality, and decent all-around performance. In Phone Scoop's full report we assess the usefulness of the second screen. Read on for our verdict.

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Review: Motorola Droid Maxx 2 for Verizon Wireless

Nov 15, 2015, 10:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Maxx 2 is the less expensive of Motorola's two new Droid handsets for Verizon Wireless, but it is still a competitive offering. This Android smartphone impresses with excellent build quality and a battery that delivers on Motorola's promises. If you need an Android handset that goes the distance, the Maxx 2 should be at the top of your shopping list. Here is Phone Scoop's full report.

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Review: Google Nexus 6P

Nov 10, 2015, 5:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google's flagship Android smartphone for the year is the Nexus 6P, made by Huawei. This slim and attractive handset features a metal design, quad HD display, fingerprint sensor, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth report.

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Review: Motorola Droid Turbo 2 for Verizon Wireless

Nov 5, 2015, 10:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Turbo 2 is the most advanced Droid Motorola has ever created for Verizon Wireless. The handset boasts an "unbreakable" screen and two days of battery life, making it ideal for clumsy oafs who need all-day power. The Turbo 2 runs Android and includes Motorola's helpful apps, such as Ambient Display and Moto Assist. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth report.

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Review: Google Nexus 5X

Nov 2, 2015, 10:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The 5X is just half of Google's new lineup of Nexus phones for 2015. This LG-made handset includes a fingerprint sensor, full HD screen, and 12-megapixel camera. It is among the first to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Oct 26, 2015, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google's latest mobile operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is a tasty treat indeed. New features, such as Google Now on Tap, Doze, Direct Share, Permissions, and Nexus Imprint offer compelling reasons to upgrade. The many small tweaks Google made under the hood forge Android 6.0 into a more complete platform for smartphones and tablets alike. Nexus-branded devices are first in line to gobble up some Marshmallow, with others to follow in the months ahead. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Review: CAT S40

Oct 18, 2015, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

CAT is offering the rugged S40 to U.S. buyers directly online. This Android smartphone is designed to take a beating and still get you to your meeting on time. This phone is sold unlocked and works with networks such as those run by AT&T and T-Mobile. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Alcatel Onetouch Conquest for Boost Mobile

Oct 12, 2015, 4:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel's Conquest is an inexpensive Android smartphone that handles basic tasks in a waterproof package. This mid-sized handset boasts a solid set of specs, but it doesn't necessarily perform as well as it should. Find out what works and what doesn't in Phone Scoop's full review.

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