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Review: Samsung Galaxy J3 Eclipse for Verizon Wireless

Jan 7, 2018, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless sells the Samsung Galaxy J3 Eclipse, an entry-level device, for well under $200. This low-cost handset has a 5-inch screen, modern-ish design, and just enough of a spec sheet to keep things interesting. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of this affordable Android smartphone.

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Review: Honor 7X

Dec 22, 2017, 2:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Honor 7X is an affordable handset from Huawei that offers modern features in an attractive piece of hardware. This Android smartphone includes a metal-and-glass design, dual cameras with portrait mode, and a large 2:1 display. For those who prefer unlocked smartphones, the Honor 7X is a contender with considering. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review Zagg iFrogz Resound Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Dec 20, 2017, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Zagg's collection of low-cost Bluetooth wireless headphones is all new headed into the end of the year. The Resound Wireless are on-ear headphones that target the tune-lunatic who prefers larger hardware and sound while listening in comfort. Here is Phone Scoop's review.

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Review: Zagg iFrogz Resound Earbuds

Dec 19, 2017, 4:39 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Zagg, maker of myriad mobile accessories, has refreshed its iFrogz collection of affordable Bluetooth headphones. The Resound buds are in-ear headphones that target the budget-minded music lover. Here is Phone Scoop's review.

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Review: BlackBerry Motion

Dec 18, 2017, 3:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The latest collaboration between BlackBerry Mobile and TCL is the Motion, a large slab that runs Android and boasts BlackBerry's powerful productivity tools. Mobile pros will be happy with features such as BlackBerry Hub and the Productivity Tab, while businesses that deploy the Motion will appreciate the DTEK security software. Despite its many strengths, however, the Motion is a little uneven. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of the BlackBerry Motion.

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Review: Edifer MP200 Bluetooth Speaker

Dec 14, 2017, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

If you want a Bluetooth speaker that's small, portable, powerful, and fun, the Edifer MP200 may fit the bill. This simple compact music maker includes a few unique features that set it apart from other inexpensive offerings. Here is Phone Scoop's review.

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Review: OnePlus 5T

Dec 12, 2017, 12:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The latest smartphone from OnePlus is an attractive, affordable premium device. The OnePlus 5T is the latest handset to adopt the 2:1 aspect ratio and offer a dual-camera array. With a Snapdragon 835 under the hood and OnePlus' tasteful tweaks to Android, the OnePlus 5T is an appealing blend of price and performance. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Asus ZenFone V Live for Verizon Wireless

Dec 11, 2017, 8:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Asus ZenFone V Live claims to have a unique trick up its sleeve: it can process real-time beautification effects when broadcasting live video to certain social networks. When it's not doing that, the V Live a solid entry-level Android smartphone that has a respectable set of specs keeping things humming under the hood. Here is Phone Scoop's review of the ZenFone V Live for Verizon Wireless.

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Review: Cases for the Apple iPhone X

Dec 4, 2017, 2:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Few phones are pricier than Apple's $999 iPhone X. Protecting it with a case is the wise move to prevent heart (and glass!) break. We tried out a variety of options from Apple, Case-Mate, Catalyst, and Urban Armor Gear, to help you find the best fit for your needs.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy J7 V for Verizon Wireless

Dec 1, 2017, 1:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

This mid-range Android handset is a throwback to Samsung's heritage line of smartphones. It offers a big screen and an even bigger battery wrapped up in a plastic shell. If you're a Verizon customer and need to save some green, the Samsung Galaxy J7 V is affordable and pleasing in its own way. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Plantronics BackBeat Fit 305 Bluetooth Headphones

Nov 28, 2017, 10:37 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Plantronics BackBeat Fit 305 Bluetooth headphones promise to keep you groovin' while you're movin' during sweaty workouts. These simple earbuds cover the basics and not much else — and sometimes that's all you need. Here's our review.

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Review: ZTE Axon M for AT&T

Nov 27, 2017, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Axon M is an entirely unique handset in today's market of slim slates. This dual-screened smartphone unfolds to create a large, tablet-sized display for multitasking and enjoying video on a wider canvas. ZTE's latest Android smartphone is nothing if not interesting. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Nov 20, 2017, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Huawei is targeting Apple, Samsung, and LG with its latest flagship handset, the Mate 10 Pro. This high-quality device features classy hardware, top specs, and must-have tools. The phone includes twin cameras for extra photography firepower, and makes the jump to the 18:9 aspect ratio for the display. With Android 8 Oreo and EMUI 8 from Huawei aboard, the Mate 10 Pro packs a serious software punch. Here is Phone Scoop's full review.

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Review: UAG, Speck, and Incipio Cases for the Google Pixel 2 XL

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

Need a case for your pricey Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone? Here are three options from UAG, Incipio, and Speck. These will add a dash of style to your handset with varying degrees of protection.

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Review: Google Pixel 2 XL

Nov 15, 2017, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Pixel 2 XL is Google's flagship Android handset. Though the software is more important than the hardware, the Pixel 2 XL is a big statement from Google. This high-end handset contains top components that deliver competitive performance across the board. The camera is particularly impressive, allowing the Pixel to go toe-to-toe with the best from Apple, LG, and Samsung. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Review: HTC U11 Life for T-Mobile

Nov 13, 2017, 8:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

HTC's U11 Life is a mid-range handset disguised as a flagship smartphone. This affordable Android device steals its good looks and many of its features from HTC's more expensive U11. Despite the watered down components, this phone is a compelling option if you're on a budget. Here is Phone Scoop's full review.

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Review: Apple iPhone X

Nov 9, 2017, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Apple's iPhone X represents the company's vision of the future. If we follow Apple's gaze, we see an all-screen handset with advanced facial recognition and powerful imaging features. The iPhone X is no doubt a big step forward for Apple, but is that step in the right direction? Find out in Phone Scoop's full review.

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Review: Motorola Moto X4

Nov 2, 2017, 6:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola's mid-range Moto X4 is a classy glass-and-metal Android handset that boasts two cameras, rapid charging, and advanced software features. The phone is affordable and sold unlocked with support for most U.S. LTE 4G networks. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth report.

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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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