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Review: OnePlus 5

Friday, 2:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The OnePlus 5 is the latest flagship from OnePlus. This Android smartphone boasts an appealing design, top specs, and solid performance in most respects. For those who prefer unlocked handsets and want to spend less than $500 on a top-tier phone, the OnePlus 5 might be worth your while. Here is Phone Scoop's full review.

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Review: LifeProof Aquaphonics 10

Jun 16, 2017, 9:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Aquaphonics 10 from LifeProof is a waterproof, rugged Bluetooth speaker meant to accompany you on all your outdoor summer activities. Whether it's rocking in the backyard or jamming on the beach, LifeProof says its Aquaphonics series can handle it all. We put the AQ10, LifeProof's mid-range offering, to the test to see what its limits truly are.

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Review: ZTE Blade X MAX for Cricket Wireless

Jun 14, 2017, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

ZTE's latest Android handset for Cricket Wireless is the monstrous Blade X Max. This beast of a smartphone offers a whopping 6-inch screen, all-day battery life, and a compelling software experience. If you're in the market for an entertainment-focused TV replacement, the ZTE Blade X Max may be what you need. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: HTC U11

Jun 8, 2017, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jun 8, 2017, 11:40 AM

The U11 is HTC's flagship smartphone for 2017. It competes directly with the iPhone 7 Plus, G6, and Galaxy S8+. HTC has always offered a unique experience on its handsets, and the U11 dials the unique factor up to, er, 11 with features like Edge Sense and Sense Companion. If you want a flagship that checks off all the right boxes and looks absolutely gorgeous doing so, the U11 may be what you seek. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Verizon Wireless Wear24 Android Smartwatch

Jun 1, 2017, 11:40 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Jun 1, 2017, 12:19 PM

The Wear24 from Verizon is among the first to support Android Wear 2.0 from Google. The wearable is a classy-looking smartwatch that offers LTE-based calling and messaging integration with your main mobile number. If you use an Android handset, the Google-focused Wear24 can handle vital communications when reaching for your phone isn't ideal.

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Review: LG K20 V for Verizon Wireless

May 26, 2017, 2:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The LG K20 V is one of the least expensive Android smartphones available from Verizon Wireless. This low-cost handset features basics such as a 5.3-inch 720p screen and entry-level Snapdragon 435 processor from Qualcomm. Things that set it apart include a good fingerprint reader and excellent battery life. A few things, however, manage to hold this phone back. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: VRS Design Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

May 24, 2017, 1:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated May 27, 2017, 2:00 PM

Smartphone cases must outnumber smartphones 10 or 20 to 1. Finding the right combination of style, usability, protection, and price takes more than just a few moments thought. If you're exploring less expensive alternatives to what's available in most carrier stores, VRS Design has a wide variety of cases to protect your Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+. Here are our thoughts on a few options.

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Review: Ring Pro Video Doorbell

May 12, 2017, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Ring Pro video doorbell is smaller than the original, shoots higher-quality video, and offers lots of under-the-hood software advancements that boost performance across the board. If you want to keep tabs on your front door, the Ring Pro has you covered in more ways than one. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: ZTE Max XL for Boost Mobile

May 9, 2017, 12:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

ZTE's latest slab for Boost Mobile is the monstrous Max XL. It boasts a 6-inch screen, 3,990mAh battery, and the latest build of Android 7 Nougat from Google. The ZTE Max XL is a budget smartphone for big-screen lovers in the pre-paid space. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review.

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Review: BlackBerry KEYone

May 4, 2017, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The KEYone is made by TCL and it runs Google's Android operating system, but this phone clearly has the heart and soul of a BlackBerry beating within. BlackBerry and TCL designed the KEYone together to ensure it offers the best from BlackBerry, TCL, and Google. With a physical QWERTY keyboard at your disposal, feel free to get your emailing and messaging on while enjoying epic battery life and powerful performance. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of the BlackBerry KEYone.

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Review: Blu R1 Plus

May 2, 2017, 3:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Blu is back with another Android handset for U.S. consumers who prefer the unlocked life. The Blu R1 Plus packs a big screen and an even bigger battery. You can opt to use the phone on AT&T or T-Mobile, with support for up to two phone numbers thanks to dual SIM card slots. If you're in the market for a network-flexible smartphone, the R1 Plus handles the basics. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Plantronics Backbeat 500 Headphones

May 1, 2017, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Plantronics' latest Bluetooth headphones are the affordable Backbeat 500s. These on-ear 'phones offer comfortable fit, excellent music playback, and battery life to spare, making them an ideal everyday carry item. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Samsung Gear VR with Controller

Apr 28, 2017, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's new virtual reality headset adds a controller, which dramatically helps improve usability. Together with a Galaxy smartphone, the Gear VR and controller will allow you to dive headfirst into exciting virtual worlds. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Apr 18, 2017, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a heavy-hitter that trounces much of the competition. This Android flagship from the world leader in smartphones struts its stuff with pride, despite several pain points that hold it back. The Galaxy S8+ is the bigger brother to Samsung's Galaxy S8 and impresses in nearly every way. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of the Galaxy S8+.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S8

Apr 18, 2017, 10:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's Galaxy S8 flagship raises the bar for smartphones thanks to its eye-popping display, attractive design, and blistering performance. This Android handset impresses in nearly every way. It may be a pricey piece of hardware, but there's no denying just how good a job Samsung has done with this phone. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar

Apr 14, 2017, 9:40 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Belkin's ridiculously-named dongle does one thing: it lets you simultaneously charge your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus and listen to music. If you want to rock out and power up at the same time, Belkin's Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar makes it possible.

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Review: Huawei P10

Apr 4, 2017, 4:38 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Huawei's mid-sized flagship handset is the P10, a slim Android smartphone that boasts a unibody metal chassis. The P10's hardware impresses, and the phone's core performance ranks with the best. Huawei encountered some software demons when creating the P10's user interface, however, that prevent the P10 from realizing its full potential. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: LG G6

Mar 30, 2017, 10:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The LG G6 is a strong offering from the Korean company that goes toe-to-toe with the best from Apple and Samsung. The G6 features a gorgeous design, the best materials, a waterproof chassis, and killer cameras. Toss in extras like Google Assistant, a unique screen and powerful Android software, and the G6 is hard to beat. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of LG's 2017 flagship handset.

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Review: Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Mar 24, 2017, 6:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Moto G5 Plus is a mid-range Android smartphone that covers the basics and then some. It represents the company's most refined and powerful G yet. If you're in the market for a visually appealing, unlocked handset that outperforms most others at the same price, the Moto G5 Plus should be at the top of your list. Here is Phone Scoop's full review.

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Review: LG Stylo 3 for Boost Mobile

Mar 23, 2017, 7:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

LG's third-generation Stylo for Boost Mobile includes a large screen, stylus, big battery, and advanced software. This mid-range Android handset delivers an uneven experience, but there's middle ground to appreciate. Here is PhoneScoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Blu Life One X2 Mini

Mar 17, 2017, 5:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

This inexpensive, unlocked Android smartphone is smaller than its predecessor and yet better in many ways. The Blu Life One X2 Mini is a fine little phone for those who prefer or need to change networks often. It runs Marshmallow and manages to include a 5-inch, full HD screen, Snapdragon processor, and 13-megapixel camera for less than two Benjamins. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD and iRig Mic Field

Mar 15, 2017, 2:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Whether you're a podcaster, musician, or budding filmmaker, capturing high-quality audio is key when creating content. IK Multimedia's iRig Mic HD and iRig Mic Field give you mono and stereo options, respectively, in compact and easy-to-use accessories for your iPhone. The devices work hand-in-hand with IK Multimedia's software and third-party apps to raise the audio bar.

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Review: HTC U Ultra

Mar 10, 2017, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC's flagship handset for the year is the U Ultra, a stunning slab of metal and glass. This powerful Android smartphone combines an attractive design with a solid spec sheet. The result is a highly capable handset that is among HTC's finest. Whether or not this pricey unlocked phone makes sense for U.S. buyers is another story. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of the HTC U Ultra.

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Review: IK Multimedia iRig Pro Duo

Mar 7, 2017, 10:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The iRig Pro Duo from IK Multimedia lets musicians plug two musical instruments or microphones into their mobile device for recording whatever you care to record. This flexible piece of hardware works hand-in-hand with IK Multimedia's own software, as well as third-party recording apps. If you're a guitarist, bass player, singer or podcaster looking to lay down your ideas and record two instruments at a time, the iRig Pro Duo can help.

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Review: Logitech ZeroTouch Car Mount

Feb 21, 2017, 10:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Logitech ZeroTouch car phone holder brings the power of Amazon's Alexa to your car. The ZeroTouch combines a car mount, mobile app, and Alexa so you can not only make calls and send texts, but access your smarthome settings safely from behind the wheel.

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Review: GoalZero Flip 30 + Nomad 7 Plus Kit

Feb 16, 2017, 1:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Flip 30 + Nomad 7 Plus Kit from GoalZero includes a USB battery pack and solar charging panel. For people who spend lots of time outdoors away from AC power, the Nomad 7 Plus panel lets you charge the Flip 30 battery directly — or any phone or other USB-compatible device — using the power of the sun.

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Review: RhinoShield Playproof and Crashguard

Feb 10, 2017, 2:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

RhinoShield has some inexpensive Apple iPhone cases for sale that claim to offer big protection with a minimal footprint. The Playproof case and Crashguard bumper do keep your phone safe, but perhaps not as safe as you might wish. Here is our review.

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Review: ZTE Blade V8 Pro

Feb 8, 2017, 11:45 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The V8 Pro is the first Blade series device from ZTE to be sold directly to U.S. consumers. This unlocked Android smartphone features an appealing design, good materials, and a solid spec sheet, but this V8 doesn't run quite as smoothly as we'd like it to. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review.

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Review: JLab Party Series Bluetooth Speakers

Feb 3, 2017, 3:01 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

JLab's latest set of Bluetooth speakers is all about partying. The Party Series comes in two sizes, fittingly named House Party and Block Party. These square-shaped speakers include multiple drivers, subwoofers, and the ability to connect with one another for a more immersive listening experience. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth repot.

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Review: Otterbox Universe Case System for iPhone 7

Feb 1, 2017, 3:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Otterbox has expanded its Universe Case system to the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as well as added to its roster of swappable modules. The system includes a rugged case to protect the iPhone day in and day out, and optional accessories, such as a tripod, Flash drive, Bluetooth speakers, multi-tool, and much more. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review.

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