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Review: Sony Xperia X - Unlocked

Yesterday, 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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Review: Plantronics BackBeat Go 3

Apr 29, 2016, 3:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Plantronics BackBeat Go 3 are lightweight stereo Bluetooth headphones that offer a portable design and excellent battery life. This third-generation headset is ideal for use around town when you don't want wires dragging you down. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review.

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Review: WeBoost Eqo In-Home Signal Booster

Apr 20, 2016, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

WeBoost's Eqo signal booster promises to improve cellular coverage in your home or apartment. Consisting of a booster and antenna, the whole system fits most average dwellings. If you need a few more bars to connect calls, the WeBoost may be what you need. 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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