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Review: Nuheara IQbuds Bluetooth Headphones

Tuesday, 3:40 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Fully wireless Bluetooth earbuds are still a new concept, and yet the next generation is already at hand. A small number of companies are preparing advanced noise-cancellation tools to give users full control over just how much background noise reaches your ears. Nuheara's IQbuds are an early entrant. Here are our thoughts.

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Review: Ultimate Ears WonderBoom Bluetooth Speaker

Aug 11, 2017, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Portable Bluetooth speakers are often great summertime companions, and allow us to add a soundtrack to our warm weather adventures far and near. If you're looking for an inexpensive option to enhance your beach or mountain getaway, consider the WonderBoom from Ultimate Ears. Here's why.

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Review: Motorola Moto E4 Plus

Aug 10, 2017, 3:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola's latest budget handset is the battery-busting Moto E4 Plus. This phone has one of the longest-lasting batteries we've tested this year. If you're in the market for an affordable Android smartphone that keeps going and going and going, the E4 Plus should be at the top of your list. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth report.

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Review: Coolpad Defiant for T-Mobile

Aug 9, 2017, 4:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Coolpad's low-cost Defiant is an entry-level device sold by T-Mobile. Some aspects of this Android handset are great, but it is held back by some egregious missteps. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth report about Coolpad's not-so-cool Defiant.

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Review: Urban Armor Gear Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8

Aug 4, 2017, 2:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Urban Armor Gear (UAG) makes a range of semi-rugged cases for today's top smartphones. The UAG Plasma Series and UAG Monarch Series for the Samsung Galaxy S8 are more industrial-looking than most, but offer a higher degree of protection in return. Let's dive in.

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Review: Motorola 360 Camera

Aug 4, 2017, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola expanded its ecosystem of Moto Mods this year and none is quite as enticing as the 360 Cam. This snap-on modular accessory adds a 360-degree camera to your Motorola smartphone for capturing immersive pictures and video. Here is our assessment of this 360-degree shooter.

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Review: Motorola Moto Z2 Force

Aug 2, 2017, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Moto Z2 Force is a semi-rugged — and yet stylish — flagship smartphone from Motorola. This sleek handset boasts dual cameras, top specs, and a nearly unbreakable "ShatterShield" screen. Moreover, it is fully compatible with Motorola's Moto Mods ecosystem of modular accessories and comes with the latest Android software innovations from Motorola. The Z2 Force aims high and will be widely available from U.S. carriers. Despite moving the needle forward, Motorola still managed to bungle at least one aspect of this phone. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Coolpad Canvas for Cricket Wireless

Jul 27, 2017, 3:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Canvas from Coolpad is one of the least expensive handsets in Cricket's lineup of Android smartphone. It boasts a large display, 8-megapixel camera, and Snapdragon processor. If you need a low-cost point of entry, the Canvas is a respectable option. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Jabra Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds (2017)

Jul 21, 2017, 2:20 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Jabra has refreshed its Elite Sport wireless Bluetooth earbuds with improvements to battery life and sound quality. Like the originals, the new Jabra Elite Sport are aimed at fitness-minded people thanks to fancy tools such as a heart rate monitor and in-ear coaching. If you're looking for fully-featured, wire-free earbuds, the 2017 Jabra Elite Sport offer more bang for the buck than most.

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Review: WinnerGear Hero Wireless Earbuds

Jul 19, 2017, 12:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Fully wireless earbuds are finally becoming more mainstream and options abound. If you're looking for a way to enjoy music that doesn't involve cables, cords, or wires, something like the WinnerGear Hero is one way to get a taste of freedom without breaking the bank. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Moto Mods for Motorola Z2 Play

Jul 14, 2017, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola's new Z2 Play smartphone is a fine piece of hardware and I strongly recommend it. While you're at the Verizon store, you should consider picking up some Moto Mods to go with the Z2 Play. Motorola has three new Mods available to enhance (any of) its Mod-compatible phones. Here's a look at Moto's latest modular, snap-on accessories.

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Review: Motorola Moto Z2 Play for Verizon Wireless

Jul 12, 2017, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola's latest Android smartphone is the mid-range and highly-capable Moto Z2 Play. This winsome handset may not stay strictly true to the original, but it is compatible with all of Motorola's Moto Mods accessories and still brings plenty to the table. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of the Moto Z2 Play for Verizon Wireless.

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Review: LG X venture for AT&T

Jul 6, 2017, 9:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The LG X venture is a rugged, waterproof handset sold by AT&T. It packs mid-range specs, such as a 5.2-inch display, a Snapdragon 435 processor, and a 16-megapixel camera, into a fairly compact form factor for a hardy handset. More importantly, the X venture has a few neat tricks up its sleeve that make it an interesting addition to AT&T's lineup. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of LG's rugged Android smartphone.

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Review: Speck Presidio Cases for Samsung Galaxy S8

Jun 30, 2017, 1:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Speck's Presidio series cases for the Samsung Galaxy S8 come in many forms and serve many functions. The Presidio Clear case is all about letting the S8's design speak for itself, while the Presidio Grip case is a more rugged option for the active sort. Are either of these cases the case for you? We put them to the test to find out. Here is Phone Scoop's review.

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Review: Motorola Moto E4 for Verizon Wireless

Jun 28, 2017, 2:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola's entry-level Android handset, the Moto E4, may be small in stature, but it's big on performance. The E4 is an affordable phone that includes a fingerprint reader, a 5-inch screen, and a capable camera. If you're in the market for an everyday device that outguns the competition, the Moto E4 may be your phone. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: OnePlus 5

Jun 23, 2017, 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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