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Review: Alcatel Idol 5 for Cricket Wireless

Oct 31, 2017, 6:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel's mid-range Idol 5 is a bargain for prepaid Cricket's subscribers. It combines an attractive metal-and-glass design with a near-stock version of Android Nougat and special features such as a customizable action key and stereo speakers. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth report.

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Review: Google Pixel 2

Oct 26, 2017, 11:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Google Pixel 2, made by HTC, is a compact smartphone that merges a metal design with a medium-sized screen. Other stand-out features include squeezable sides to call up the Google Assistant and a rapid fingerprint reader. Android 8 Oreo on the Pixel 2 is the purest software experience available on a modern smartphone. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth look at the smaller Pixel 2.

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[OLD] Review: Google Pixel 2 XL

Oct 23, 2017, 2:47 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Nov 15, 2017, 3:09 PM

The Pixel 2 XL from Google is a high-end handset that includes a powerful camera, a big screen, a metal design, and a pure Google experience that comes with the promise of speedy software updates. It represents what Google thinks Android is all about. But there's a big problem facing the Pixel 2 XL, Google, and its fans, that we think is worth addressing directly.

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Review: Fabriq Chorus Bluetooth Speaker with Alexa

Oct 20, 2017, 8:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Fabriq Chorus is a mid-sized, portable Bluetooth speaker that taps into the Amazon Alexa voice assistant. If you want a purpose-built music machine that also happens to have support for voice-activated commands, the Chorus tackles both.

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Review: Wicked Audio Endo Bluetooth Headphones

Oct 19, 2017, 6:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Wicked Audio's Endo Bluetooth headphones are on-ear cans for those who don't need or want advanced features. This affordable headset is a no-frills offering that delivers basic Bluetooth performance for listening on the go.

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Review: LG V30

Oct 16, 2017, 10:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The LG V30 is a flagship handset that tries to move the needle forward with a stylish design, 18:9 display, and powerful camera features. This metal-and-glass Android slab is a gorgeous piece of hardware that has lots going for it. Unfortunately, several oddities hold it back from greatness. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth look at the LG V30.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

Oct 12, 2017, 10:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's Galaxy S8 Active is a rugged version of the company's flagship Android smartphone. If you favor form over function, the Active delivers in spades. It includes all the great features of the S8 and packs them into a far tougher form factor that doesn't require a case. More importantly, the S8 Active makes huge gains in the battery department. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Motorola Moto Gamepad for Moto Z2 Force

Oct 10, 2017, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

If you live for mobile gaming, the Motorola Moto Gamepad may be the accessory you need to take your gameplay to the next level. It includes a full roster of buttons, joysticks, and toggles in order to take full control of the mobile gaming experience. Here is Phone Scoop's review.

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Review: Sony Xperia XZ1

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

The Sony Xperia XZ1 is one of the first smartphones to run Android 8 Oreo. It packs the latest processor and camera technology into Sony's age-old, metal-and-glass chassis. While some table-stakes features are aboard, others are missing. This uneven effort from Sony has a lot going for it, but there's plenty holding it back. Here is Phone Scoop's full review.

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Review: AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones

Oct 5, 2017, 3:02 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Trekz Air from AfterShokz take an entirely different approach from most other Bluetooth headphones: they rely on bone conduction, rather than traditional drivers, to deliver sound. The open-ear design ensures you can enjoy your music while also keeping tabs on your surroundings.

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Review: Otterbox Cases for Samsung Galaxy Note8

Oct 3, 2017, 6:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Otterbox makes hardcore smartphone cases that deliver the ultimate in protection. The Commuter and Defender series cases from Otterbox for the Galaxy Note8 help ensure your expensive smartphone is safe from most pitfalls. Here is Phone Scoop's review.

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Review: Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Sep 29, 2017, 6:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The iPhone 8 Plus is a monster of a device that pleases and disappoints at the same time. While new features, such as wireless charging and portrait photography, are great additions, the huge footprint and outdated display hold it back. Here is Phonescoop's full review.

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Review: Alcatel A50 / Pulsemix

Sep 21, 2017, 3:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Alcatel's A50 / Pulsemix is an inexpensive Android device that features swappable rear covers. Care to put on a light show? The LED cover bestows the A50 with colorful patterns on the back that light up with your music. Speaking of music, take advantage of the stereo speakers that snap onto the back of the A50, or charge up your battery with the power pack cover. Here is Phone Scoop's review of the Alcatel A50 / Pulsemix.

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Review: iOS 11

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

Apple's annual iPhone operating system upgrade is here. Beginning September 19, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners can download and install iOS 11, the latest mobile platform from Apple. This year sees Apple chiefly refining its core apps, though some new features, such as indoor maps, a new music social network, and augmented reality, are also included. Here's our review of iOS 11.

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Review: Samsung Alcantara Case for Galaxy Note8

Sep 15, 2017, 3:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is now on sale in the U.S. Though third-party cases are widely available, Samsung has its own, high-end Alcantara case for the phone. If you place style ahead of practicality, the Alcantara case is one option for protecting your Note8.

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Review: ZTE Blade Z Max for MetroPCS

Sep 15, 2017, 10:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Looking for the biggest possible screen on the least expensive smartphone? The Blade Z Max may be what you seek, thanks to its IMAX-sized display, insane battery, dual cameras, and affordable price point. Here is Phone Scoop's review of ZTE's latest Android handset for MetroPCS.

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Review: FIIL IICON Bluetooth Headphones

Sep 13, 2017, 6:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The FIIL IICON Bluetooth headphones offer active noise cancellation, incredible battery life, and over-the-ear comfort. If you're looking for an alternative to offerings from Bose and Beats, FIIL's latest cans are an excellent option for audiophiles.

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Review: Asus Zenfone AR for Verizon Wireless

Sep 8, 2017, 10:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Zenfone AR from Asus is the first to support Google's Project Tango augmented reality and Daydream virtual reality platforms. This ultra-real Android smartphone lets you visualize what furniture might look like in your living room, or escape your living room altogether in favor of worlds unknown. With entertainment options galore, you might think the Zenfone AR skimps out on other features, but that's not the case. This well-rounded handset nearly has it all. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth report.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note8

Sep 5, 2017, 10:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Galaxy Note8 is Samsung's ultimate flagship for 2017. The Note8 takes the attractive design language from Samsung's own Galaxy S8 and pairs it with one of the largest screens and best cameras available. This Android powerhouse is more capable than most thanks to the added benefits of the S Pen stylus. If you want the biggest and the best, and have the huge amount of cash needed to buy this phone, then the Galaxy Note8 is indeed an attractive option. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Nokia 6 with Amazon Prime Exclusive Ads

Aug 21, 2017, 6:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HMD Global's first significant handset is the Android-powered Nokia 6. This device straddles the border between entry-level and mid-range smartphones thanks to its refined design but outdated specs. Consumers can pick it up from Amazon for $50 under retail as long as they agree to view lock screen ads. Here are Phone Scoop's thoughts on the Nokia 6 from HMD Global.

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Review: Nuheara IQbuds Bluetooth Headphones

Aug 15, 2017, 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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