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Oppo Find X review: Smartphones just got interesting again
4.0 stars Oppo Find X review: Smartphones just got interesting again By Cam Bunton

Oppo may not be a brand with which you're all too familiar, but its success in Asian markets has seen it become one of the top smartphone sellers in the world. Now, it's making a splash in Europe with the unlike-anything-else Find X. The Oppo Find X... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 initial review: Super sexy with S Pen delights
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 initial review: Super sexy with S Pen delights By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung's Galaxy Note series is one of the best smartphone ranges out there. It's the device that made phablets so fashionable that no one even bothers to call them phablets anymore. There was a small blip in its excellence with the Galaxy Note 7 (RIP),... Read more

How the Honor 10 beats the OnePlus 6
How the Honor 10 beats the OnePlus 6 By Pocket-lint Promotion

For some time, OnePlus has been known as the maker of "flagship killer" phones. Offering high performance and specifications for a fraction of the cost of big-name manufacturers. But this year, Honor might just have one-upped OnePlus. The Honor 10 offers... Read more

Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Pricing out the competition?
4.0 stars Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Pricing out the competition? By Mike Lowe

If you're staring at the title of this review wondering 'who on earth is Xiaomi?' then, let us tell you, it's a Chinese brand that – based on the evidence of our time with the Mi A2 (known as the Mi 6X in China) – is about to become an even more major... Read more

HTC U12+ review: Flagship misses any must-have flourish
4.0 stars HTC U12+ review: Flagship misses any must-have flourish By Chris Hall

HTC, having offloaded a hefty portion of its talent to Google's Pixel programme, is back with a fresh offering for 2018, the HTC U12+.Where's the HTC U12 you might ask? There isn't one, it's coming straight out of its corner with a plus size model. HTC... Read more

Honor 7A review: Great design simply lacks the expected performance
3.0 stars Honor 7A review: Great design simply lacks the expected performance By Andrew Williams

At first glance, the Honor 7A looks like one of the best budget phones you can buy. It has specs similar to a Moto G6 Play but costs £20 less. Best budget phones 2018 So the 7A should be great, right? We thought it would be, but sadly it's not because... Read more

Nokia 7 Plus review: Shooting for mid-range glory
4.0 stars Nokia 7 Plus review: Shooting for mid-range glory By Chris Hall

Nokia has seen itself resurrected. Leaping from the frying pan into the Windows Phone fire, the resurgence under the tutelage of HMD Global has been impressive.That comeback has been in the affordable end of the market, where Nokia has released a lot... Read more

OnePlus 6 review: Glorious, glossy and powerful
5.0 stars OnePlus 6 review: Glorious, glossy and powerful By Cam Bunton

Four years ago, few could have predicted that OnePlus would be where it is now. At its beginning, it created a powerful phone for tech fans with low budgets. Since then it has evolved. It still builds powerful flagship contenders, but with a lot more... Read more

Asus Zenfone 5 review: The mid-price phone to take Asus to the big time?
4.0 stars Asus Zenfone 5 review: The mid-price phone to take Asus to the big time? By Mike Lowe

Historically, Asus hasn't been a major player in the UK's mid-price phone market. But times are a-changing, as the 2018 Asus Zenfone 5 shows. Fresh off the back of the recent iPhone X launch, this £350 Android handset certainly apes portions of Apple's... Read more

BlackBerry Key2 review: The keyboard phone king
4.0 stars BlackBerry Key2 review: The keyboard phone king By Cam Bunton

Most smartphone makers aim to build a device which millions of people will want. Whether that be an all-singing all-dancing powerful and stylish flagship, or a more affordable device that offers value for money. The best phones 2018: The 15 best mobiles... Read more

LG G7 ThinQ review: A solid flagship competitor
4.0 stars LG G7 ThinQ review: A solid flagship competitor By Chris Hall

The LG G6 had a chequered life. It celebrated a new aspect ratio display - and was one of the first phones to offer this breakthrough - but launching in early 2017 it was soon swallowed up by newer models, with newer hardware. LG's approach to 2018 is... Read more

Vivo NEX S review: Pop-up camera success and software sacrilege
Vivo NEX S review: Pop-up camera success and software sacrilege By Mike Lowe

Back at Mobile World Congress 2018 we saw a concept phone that Vivo (a major Chinese manufacturer that's little known in Europe) was working on. The Apex, as it was called then, seemed like a far-flung concept phone from the future.Yet just four months... Read more

Moto G6 Play review: All the battery, none of the expense
4.0 stars Moto G6 Play review: All the battery, none of the expense By Cam Bunton

The Motorola G series has long been the go-to affordable phone to buy. Since being swallowed by Lenovo, however, Motorola's strategy has had to change to challenge with its competition.As a result the Moto G6 Play represents a big change for the series.... Read more

Honor 10 review: The affordable flagship to upset OnePlus?
4.5 stars Honor 10 review: The affordable flagship to upset OnePlus? By Mike Lowe

Honor is an increasing force to be reckoned with when it comes to affordable and stylish smartphones that don't cost the earth. And the Honor 10, its 2018 flagship, is no different.However, unlike the company's top-ranking predecessors - which banked... Read more

Motorola Moto Z3 Play review: Mods and odds
3.5 stars Motorola Moto Z3 Play review: Mods and odds By Mike Lowe

The Moto Z is a phone series like no other: all devices have a magnetic rear plate onto which Moto Mods can be added to give their host phone different features and capabilities. From more battery capacity, to a zoom lens camera, pop-out keyboard, gaming... Read more

Asus ROG Phone initial review: The serious flagship smartphone for PUBG gamers and more
Asus ROG Phone initial review: The serious flagship smartphone for PUBG gamers and more By Cat Thomas

Asus' gaming brand, Republic of Gamers, unveiled its latest gadget to keep you gaming no matter when or where during its Computex 2018 press conference. The ROG mobile phone is designed specifically for gamers and it could even be the most powerful phone... Read more

Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS review: In pole position?
4.0 stars Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS review: In pole position? By Mike Lowe

The Huawei partnership with Porsche Design has yielded some interesting results. And the 2018 collaborative smartphone from the two brands carries a rather long and prestigious name - Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS, no less - to play on Porsche's prominent... Read more

Nokia 5.1 initial review: Another impressive affordable Android
Nokia 5.1 initial review: Another impressive affordable Android By Chris Hall

Nokia's first year under the command of HMD Global seems to have gone rather well. The company has launched a wide selection of phones, hitting all price points, and as we march through 2018, it has started updating 2017's devices with new versions. Hence... Read more

Nokia 6 review: Affordable mid-ranger is on fighting form
4.5 stars Nokia 6 review: Affordable mid-ranger is on fighting form By Chris Hall

There's a new 2018 Nokia 6 from HMD Global, candidly being called the Nokia 6.1. It's a nod to release versions that will put a smile on the face of the technically minded, as HMD looks to do right by this plucky mid-ranger. The 2017 Nokia 6 had a strength... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Dual camera skills meet S Pen thrills
4.5 stars Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Dual camera skills meet S Pen thrills By Chris Hall

If you're a Samsung Galaxy Note user, then you'll know there's been a trend for the stylus-wielding series to take what the latest Galaxy S smartphone has started and to enhance upon it, while also debuting some new features.However, when the Note 7... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 Plus review: A big deal?
4.0 stars Motorola Moto G6 Plus review: A big deal? By Mike Lowe

The Moto G has long been known as the affordable phone to beat. For 2018 it's changed its face, dabbling in a more premium finish for the series. The range has expanded, too, with big-battery G6 Play and higher-power G6 Plus joining the standard model... Read more

Motorola Moto G6 review: The affordable smartphone, reinvented
4.0 stars Motorola Moto G6 review: The affordable smartphone, reinvented By Mike Lowe

The Moto G. It's a phone that's been at the forefront of affordable since kicking off six generations ago, back in 2013. Almost five years on the Moto G6 represents a wholly different beast; this phone shakes-up the series more than any of its predecessors.With... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S review: The flagship and the folly
4.0 stars Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S review: The flagship and the folly By Mike Lowe

All current flagships worth their salt are shrinking screen bezel, looking to make the most display-forward design possible. But it wasn't one of the "big three" that started this trend. It was Xiaomi. Yep, a Chinese brand name you may not have heard... Read more

Huawei P20 review: Every inch the flagship alternative
4.5 stars Huawei P20 review: Every inch the flagship alternative By Cam Bunton

Fewer companies have grown in size or popularity as quickly as Huawei over the past few years. But, perhaps more important than that, is how quickly the company has learned to refine and improve its phones from both a hardware and software perspective.... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none
5.0 stars Samsung Galaxy S8+ review: The best Android phone, bar none By Chris Hall

Samsung broke the mould with its Galaxy S8 handsets, producing two devices that are the same spec, apart from screen size and battery capacity. If you want this phone, just pick the size that fits you with no compromises or additional considerations.That's... Read more

Apple iPhone SE review: Great things can come in small packages
4.5 stars Apple iPhone SE review: Great things can come in small packages By Stuart Miles

There are two ways of looking at the iPhone SE, the "special edition" smaller-scale 4-inch iPhone.One is that it's Apple simply churning out a two-year-old design with a spec update; the other is that it delivers what many people actually want: a small... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ2 review: The best Sony phone in years, but is that enough to lead the flagship pack?
4.0 stars Sony Xperia XZ2 review: The best Sony phone in years, but is that enough to lead the flagship pack? By Chris Hall

The biggest criticism of Sony's phones in recent years has been the company's dogged persistence in sticking with a design that hasn't moved with the times. OmniBalance, as the company calls it, has retained bezel scales well beyond its competitors. And... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: If small is your all
4.0 stars Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: If small is your all By Cam Bunton

The Sony smartphone approach over the past few years has been rather non-committal. There have been plenty of Xperia devices launched, sure, but each has changed so little between generations - and often within just six months of each other - pushing... Read more

Huawei P20 Pro review: A new phone camera king is born
5.0 stars Huawei P20 Pro review: A new phone camera king is born By Mike Lowe

It was just a few years ago we were criticising Huawei for its software and design approach (take a look at our P8 review, from 2015). But how far the Chinese company has come. With the P20 Pro in hand, reviewed here in its delightful Twilight dipped-in-Unicorn-dust... Read more

Apple iPhone 8 review: The compact iPhone should not be overlooked
4.5 stars Apple iPhone 8 review: The compact iPhone should not be overlooked By Stuart Miles

While most of the excitement and expectation for this year's new iPhones is for the flagship iPhone X, rather than the iPhone 8 and larger-scale iPhone 8 Plus, that's not to say that the smallest of the three models should be overlooked.The new iPhone... Read more

Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Strong and steady
4.0 stars Apple iPhone 8 Plus review: Strong and steady By Stuart Miles

For 2018 there's a trio of new iPhones: the small-scale iPhone 8, the larger iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X (that's "iPhone 10", if you're saying it properly).The biggest and widest of the three, the iPhone 8 Plus, is far more handset than the predicted... Read more

Apple iPhone X review: The future of Apple smartphones
5.0 stars Apple iPhone X review: The future of Apple smartphones By Stuart Miles

Ten years after the launch of the first iPhone, Apple has launched what it says is the phone that kickstarts the next decade for the iPhone. It's the biggest shift in iPhone design since Steve Jobs launched that first device, introducing a new range of... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Flagship design without the flagship price tag
4.0 stars Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Flagship design without the flagship price tag By Mike Lowe

It's finally happened: Xiaomi, the affordable Chinese phone brand, has worked its way over to Europe. Well, Spain for the time being. But we've prised a top-spec Mi Mix 2 handset from overseas to see how it holds up in ol' Blighty - which is of particular... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9 review: A refined evolution
4.5 stars Samsung Galaxy S9 review: A refined evolution By Cam Bunton

The Galaxy S9 is now on sale. For the last few years only one big name Android phone maker has made a success of offering a non-compromise flagship phone and charging a premium for it: Samsung. The Galaxy brand has developed over the years to become... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: If it ain't broke, don't fix it
5.0 stars Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: If it ain't broke, don't fix it By Chris Hall

The Galaxy S9+ is now on sale. But looking at the new phone and you'd be forgiven for thinking it's the Galaxy S8+.For some the immediate reaction is that Samsung hasn't evolved this phone since the last iteration (as with the standard Galaxy S9). The... Read more

OnePlus 5T review: A true flagship in every way
5.0 stars OnePlus 5T review: A true flagship in every way By Cam Bunton

Over the past four years, OnePlus has gained some serious momentum in the smartphone world. For better or worse, it's a company that draws the attention of technology enthusiasts.The biggest reason for this is that, since the beginning, it's sought to... Read more

LG G6 review: A truly great, trend-setting and underrated flagship
5.0 stars LG G6 review: A truly great, trend-setting and underrated flagship By Cam Bunton

For years, the LG G-series has been the Korean company's smartphone effort to outsmart its biggest local rival, Samsung, and do so at a more wallet-friendly price.But with the less-than-successful launch of the LG G5 in 2016 - largely down to its modular... Read more

Vivo Apex concept phone: Pushing bezel-free design to the limit
Vivo Apex concept phone: Pushing bezel-free design to the limit By Mike Lowe

At Mobile World Congress 2018 it was a lesser-known brand - in Europe, anyway - that produced one of the most exciting smartphones on the show floor: the Vivo Apex concept. MWC 2018: All the launches that mattered We've watched phone bezel shrink over... Read more

Nokia 8 Sirocco initial review: The high-end Nokia looking to steal Samsung's crown
Nokia 8 Sirocco initial review: The high-end Nokia looking to steal Samsung's crown By Chris Hall

Nokia's hardware guardian, HMD Global, has released a full portfolio of devices in the year that it's been releasing phones. Aiming to deliver Nokia quality with pure Android benefits and priced affordably, there have been some interesting devices. The... Read more

Alcatel 5 initial review: Striking edge-to-edge looks in an affordable package
Alcatel 5 initial review: Striking edge-to-edge looks in an affordable package By Cam Bunton

Long aspect ratio screens in smartphones has quickly become the norm, despite being a trend that's barely 12 months old in the mainstream market. The challenge then is to offer up this trendy long screen in a way that's not like anyone else. Enter: the... Read more

Alcatel 3v initial review: Big, sharp and shiny budget phone
Alcatel 3v initial review: Big, sharp and shiny budget phone By Cam Bunton

It was back in 2015, at that year's Mobile World Congress that Alcatel started to catch the eye. In the Idol 3, it created a device that promised close-to flagship performance and specifications at a fraction of the cost. In the following years it failed... Read more

Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: A true flagship to take on the best of them
4.5 stars Huawei Mate 10 Pro review: A true flagship to take on the best of them By Mike Lowe

Talk about arriving just at the perfect moment. Despite Huawei having its fair share of ups and downs since pushing into the smartphone market - the P10 that didn't quite hit the mark, especially on reflection of the better and cheaper Honor 9 - that's... Read more

Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming
4.0 stars Google Pixel 2 XL review: A conflicted second coming By Chris Hall

Google stepped away from the Nexus family in 2016 and launched the Pixel smartphones, adopting the line of the previous Chromebook Pixel and Pixel C and presenting a Google-designed premium product.The Pixel 2 XL is the second-gen, looking to replace... Read more

Honor 9 Lite review: Setting a high bar for budget phones
4.0 stars Honor 9 Lite review: Setting a high bar for budget phones By Mike Lowe

With top-spec phones typically costing several hundred pounds, you'll be relieved to know there are increasing numbers of affordable options that don't scrimp on the design - such as the Honor 9 Lite, which retails for a penny shy of £200.A couple of... Read more

Huawei P Smart review: Smart design lacks performance to match
3.5 stars Huawei P Smart review: Smart design lacks performance to match By Cam Bunton

Huawei is a company that's increasingly hard to ignore when looking for a new smartphone. Regardless of what your budget is, the company has something available that's usually competitive, whether it's through its own-brand devices, or through its more... Read more

Oppo R11s review: Super screen, except for one major flaw...
4.0 stars Oppo R11s review: Super screen, except for one major flaw... By Cam Bunton

Over the past few years we've seen Chinese smartphone manufacturers grow from strength to strength. Perhaps the biggest success story has been Huawei, along with its related Honor subsidiary brand. But while that Chinese giant has been making a name for... Read more

Honor View 10 review: Flagship perks without the price-point hurts
4.5 stars Honor View 10 review: Flagship perks without the price-point hurts By Mike Lowe

Honor has been gaining reputability with each of its phone releases over the last few years, establishing itself as an affordable player in a bustling market. But just because its devices are affordable doesn't mean it's a cheap-and-cheerful brand. One... Read more

Google Pixel 2 review: Clean, speedy Android in a minimal can
4.5 stars Google Pixel 2 review: Clean, speedy Android in a minimal can By Cam Bunton

In 2016, for the first time, Made by Google phones hit store shelves with a fresh look and new name to replace the aging Nexus. While Nexus represented pure Android for the nerds, Pixel was about making something truly great for everyone. And it was.... Read more

HTC U11+ review: Big, bold, but a bit late to the game
4.0 stars HTC U11+ review: Big, bold, but a bit late to the game By Chris Hall

Having released the HTC U11 in the early stages of 2017, HTC announced an update in late 2017 in the guise of the HTC U11+. The biggest change is a shift in design to an 18:9 display, making for a less wide device that's easier to hold.This design move... Read more

Samsung Galaxy A8 initial review: The S8 experience for much less
Samsung Galaxy A8 initial review: The S8 experience for much less By Dan Grabham

We love flagship phones, but there's a reason that shelling out for a Galaxy S8 or iPhone 8 can seem a bit of a folly. Why? Because mid-range phones are getting so good. Honor. Moto. Lenovo. Nokia. All produced very decent Android-based devices last year.Samsung... Read more

Sony Xperia XA2 initial review: 23 megapixel pics plus super-wide selfies
Sony Xperia XA2 initial review: 23 megapixel pics plus super-wide selfies By Dan Grabham

Sony has debuted new mid-range Xperia phones at CES 2018, the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra plus the L2. The XA2’s key feature is its 23 megapixel camera, while there’s also a super-wide angle 8 megapixel front camera, too, above the 5.2-inch display.... Read more