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#1
alaScore 100

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (2018)

Huawei’s phones just keep on getting better. The Mate 20 Pro is full of great features and offers...

95 expert reviews | 349 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Apple iPhone XR

The best all-round iPhone you can buy in 2018.

69 expert reviews | 227 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T brings new technology and worthwhile improvements to the table making this the...

78 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Apple iPhone XS Max

The iPhone XS Max takes an already amazing phone and soups up every part of it

74 expert reviews | 257 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 98

Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro sports a massive 4000mAh non-removable battery, which is more than enough to...

124 expert reviews | 1760 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 98

Google Pixel 3

The Google Pixel 3 not only has the best camera I have ever used on a phone, but it has a lovely...

58 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 98

Google Pixel 3 XL

A stunning camera makes this one of the smartphones to beat in 2018.

71 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 you’ll find a 4000mAh battery, a cell so large there are few...

136 expert reviews | 191 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 96

Huawei Mate 20

The Mate 20 does a lot of what makes the Pro so great - but not enough. Unless you're unlucky...

37 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 97

OnePlus 6

Like the prospect of an IP rating, there were many rumours before launch that the OnePlus 6 would...

121 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 97

Huawei Honor View 20

With flagship phones becoming more expensive – no one is expecting the upcoming Galaxy S10 to...

37 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 97

Sony Xperia XZ3

A big step in the right direction for Sony flagships.

64 expert reviews | 88 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 97

Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone 2 is perfect for PUBG sessions on the go, but it gets a few basics wrong

46 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy S9+ / S9 Plus

Aside from the overall size, price and camera, the biggest difference between the two Galaxy S9...

90 expert reviews | 3993 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 96

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 / Poco F1

An easy buy for anyone who places performance, longevity and quality ahead of the aesthetics of...

43 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Apple iPhone XS

As with all iPhone "S" model upgrades, the iPhone XS is about bringing new processing power to a...

44 expert reviews | 230 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Huawei Honor 10

The Honor 10 is one of the best £400 phones of 2018.

68 expert reviews | 234 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 96

Asus ROG Phone

The ROG Phone is the ultimate gaming phone, but for most people it’s complete overkill

34 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 97

Samsung Galaxy S9

Battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S9 is almost exactly the same as last year’s S8. Even with the...

155 expert reviews | 8015 user reviews

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#20
alaScore 96

Huawei Honor 8X

The Honor 8X is a great-value phone that packs in great performance, a fantastic display and...

55 expert reviews | 71 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 96

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

The Mi Mix 3 is an impressively high-end device for the price. However, its unique design solves...

35 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 96

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

The Samsung Galaxy A7 is, for the most part, a great mid-range phone. It delivers a punchy screen...

35 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 96

Huawei Mate 20 X

It may not be able to take on the Nintendo Switch, but it's a good phone nonetheless.

19 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 96

OnePlus 6T McLaren edition

10GB RAM in a phone?

21 expert reviews

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#25
alaScore 95

OnePlus 5T

When the OnePlus 5T first leaked it was rumoured the new 18:9 display would be complemented by a...

108 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Mobile Phones

    Many years ago, a mobile phone was used only for making emergency calls. Not anymore. In this day and age, there are a very few things you can’t do with a cell phone- you can access the internet, check your e-mail, take photographs, find your way using maps and what not. It is no surprise then that the mobile phone is now an indispensable gadget.

    There is immense competition in the mobile phone sector and the market is literally flooded with all kinds of cell phones. Each of these promises to offer some unique feature- a 10 MP camera or a high quality Operating System or a variety of apps etc. It is very easy to lose your way in a world where a new mobile phone is released every week.

    Here are a few tips which should make your choice easier. The very basic step is to decide your own priorities- what is it that you expect from your cell phone? Do you want the very basic of features or are you looking for more advanced ones? And finally, how much can you afford to spend on a cell phone? The answers to these questions will form the basic framework for your choice. Let’s quickly go through the other criteria you must consider while buying a mobile phone:

    Rental Plans

    When you buy a cell phone, you have mainly three options to choose from-you could sign a contract with your service provider and get your handset free or at a heavily discounted price. Alternatively, you could choose the pay as you go plan under which you buy the cell phone on your own and pay the monthly rental. Or you could go ahead and buy the handset without any contract liabilities and buy a SIM card separately.

    The contract deals can help you save some money as there are many offers to choose from. On the flip side, the price that you have to pay can vary greatly according to the instrument you want. You might just have to pay quite a lot for a higher end instrument. If you choose to buy a handset separately, it gives you the freedom to choose from a variety of service providers. The choice largely depends on your usage patterns and other priorities.

    Features

    When it comes to choosing from the many different features available, rely on your preferences. Make a list of the features you can’t live without and another list with optional features. For example, if internet connectivity tops your priority list, get a phone with an efficient browser and a big screen. Alternatively, if you are used to sending a lot of messages, you might want to stay away from touchscreen phones.

    Among the most popular features are Wi-Fi connectivity, a high quality internet browser, touch screen, GPS, games, MP3 playback etc. Focus on what you want and look for a suitable mobile phone accordingly.

    Design

    The mobile phone is not just a functional device anymore, it is as much about the appearance as the functional capacity. There are different designs available: the traditional monoblock, sliders, QWERTY keypad phones or touchscreen phones. If you want to use your phone primarily to make calls and send messages, you can go for phones with simpler designs. Typically, they are faster and come with higher battery life. On the other hand, many advanced features like touch screen apps, high resolution screen, Flash video are offered by a Smartphone or an Android. Although, you have to be ready to spend a little extra money if you want these features.

    Battery Life

    In this regard, there are two options to choose from- the simpler phones which come with basic features tend to have a longer battery life while the more advanced phones need to be charged more often. After all, all the applications need a lot of battery power to function efficiently.

     

    Besides these major concerns, there are other factors which you can consider like the quality of Bluetooth devices, the efficiency of the 3G network, the kind of camera used, the cost of the phone etc. You must always remember to factor in your personal comfort level with the handset. After all, you will use this gadget more frequently than any other gadget you own and therefore you must feel at ease with it.

    There are many mobile phone brands to choose from. The Apple iPhone needs no introduction, it has revolutionised the mobile phone sector with the apps which add a different level of functionality to your phone. Nokia, Samsung and Blackberry are other prominent brands all catering to a distinct niche of mobile phones.

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