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Huawei Mate 20 Pro initial review: The Pro you'll want to know
Huawei Mate 20 Pro initial review: The Pro you'll want to know By Mike Lowe

The top-spec Huawei is back, with a curved OLED display, in-screen scanner, Qi wireless charging, and much more. Is it 2018's best flagship phone?... Read more

Apple iPhone XR initial review: An iPhone to reach the masses
Apple iPhone XR initial review: An iPhone to reach the masses By Stuart Miles

First impressions of the new, cheaper iPhone XR. It's the iPhone for those who want to embrace the buttonless iPhone form... Read more

Honor Play review: The best affordable phone on the planet
5.0 stars Honor Play review: The best affordable phone on the planet By Mike Lowe

The 6.3-inch Honor phone is the biggest, boldest from the brand yet. Is it the affordable flagship to beat? Here's our full review of the £279 handset Read more

Apple iPhone XS Max review: It’s all about the display
5.0 stars Apple iPhone XS Max review: It’s all about the display By Cam Bunton

Apple finally has a big screen phone to rival all those huge Android devices. Is this the ultimate upgrade for Plus users?... Read more

Huawei Mate 20 initial review: Does bigger mean better?
Huawei Mate 20 initial review: Does bigger mean better? By Mike Lowe

The largest Mate 20 offers flagship specs with more conventional features than the Mate 20 Pro. Does it make best sense as the flagship phone to buy?... Read more

Honor 8X review: Big bang for the bucks
4.0 stars Honor 8X review: Big bang for the bucks By Chris Hall

A large display graces the Honor 8X, paired with a dual camera and a big battery. But how does this phone stand up?... Read more

Samsung Galaxy A9 initial review: Four times the fun?
Samsung Galaxy A9 initial review: Four times the fun? By Britta O'Boyle

Samsung is no stranger to great design, especially not in recent years. Its flagship smartphones are some of the best out there, in terms of both looks... Read more

Razer Phone 2 initial review: The gaming phone returns with illuminating logo
Razer Phone 2 initial review: The gaming phone returns with illuminating logo By Mike Lowe

The gaming phone second generation model, complete with 120Hz screen, LED light-up Razer logo, glass rear, and all the power you could want.... Read more

Google Pixel 3 initial review: Pocket powerhouse
Google Pixel 3 initial review: Pocket powerhouse By Chris Hall

Google has released a pair of new Pixel phones, the larger Pixel 3 XL and this, the regular Pixel 3. But how does the smaller phone stack up?... Read more

Google Pixel 3 XL initial review: Android's new hotshot phone
Google Pixel 3 XL initial review: Android's new hotshot phone By Chris Hall

Google has announced its new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, looking to take the fight to Apple and show the rest of the Android fraternity how it's done... Read more

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

The flagship Nokia is about design. It's slim, with curved glass edges to its 5.5in screen. But it launches on dated hardware and that spells issues.... Read more

Huawei Mate 20 Lite review: A Mate that won't make many friends
3.5 stars Huawei Mate 20 Lite review: A Mate that won't make many friends By Mike Lowe

The mid-tier Mate model is a conundrum. Great design is let down by context: there are more powerful, more stable and cheaper phones out there.... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ3 review: Sony is back with a bang
4.5 stars Sony Xperia XZ3 review: Sony is back with a bang By Britta O'Boyle

Finally, the Sony Mobile flagship we've been waited to see. Here's why the XZ3, with its 6in OLED screen, is a great flagship in 2018.... Read more

Nokia 7.1 initial review: Pure Android, big screen, modest price
Nokia 7.1 initial review: Pure Android, big screen, modest price By Dan Grabham

A superb screen sits in a quality body on this mid-price Android handset... 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

The Apple iPhone X has now been replaced by the iPhone XS and XS Max, and cheaper XR, but is it worth considering if you can get hold of one?... Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A sensational big-screen experience
4.5 stars Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: A sensational big-screen experience By Britta O'Boyle

The Samsung phone with a built-in stylus (S Pen) offers an upgraded big-screen experience. Is it better than the S9+ and Note 8?... Read more

Apple iPhone XS review: The safe update
5.0 stars Apple iPhone XS review: The safe update By Stuart Miles

As with all iPhone "S" model upgrades, the iPhone XS is about bringing new processing power to a phone that already looks really good.... 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... 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

After a rocky start, Google's tweaks and changes have given the Pixel 2 XL the appeal that it needed. And now it's got Android Pie goodness too.... Read more

LG G7 One initial review: LG's first Android One smartphone
LG G7 One initial review: LG's first Android One smartphone By Britta O'Boyle

LG announced two new smartphones at IFA 2018 in the form of the G7 One and the G7 Fit. The G7 One is the more exciting of the two though. Here's why.... Read more

Motorola Moto One initial review: Mid-ranger sports Android One
Motorola Moto One initial review: Mid-ranger sports Android One By Mike Lowe

Motorola dabbles in Android One with the mid-range Moto One. But can this 5.9in phone, notch and all, offer enough to compete?... Read more

BlackBerry Key2 LE initial review: Productivity and performance without the price
BlackBerry Key2 LE initial review: Productivity and performance without the price By Cam Bunton

Find out how the Key2 LE stacks up against the Key2.... Read more

HTC U12 Life initial review: One seriously shiny mid-range phone
HTC U12 Life initial review: One seriously shiny mid-range phone By Mike Lowe

The sub-£300 mid-ranger brings a 6in screen, dual cameras and bigger battery capacity compared to its predecessor. Is it the affordable phone to buy?... 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 Z3 Play, which is compatible with Mods add-ons, delivers 18:9 aspect ratio display. But can this Z-series compete with the flagship competition?... Read more

Pocophone F1 initial review: Big battery, major processor, small price tag
Pocophone F1 initial review: Big battery, major processor, small price tag By Mike Lowe

The big-battery phone from Xiaomi off-shoot, Poco, crams in a Snapdragon 845 processor at an affordable price (circa $300). But what's it really like?... Read more

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 has entered Europe with a bang in the Find X, but can this pricey (€999) flagship succeed in a market where no one has heard of the brand?... Read more

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

The Mi A2's build quality, feel iand general operation thanks to Android One make it a capable phone for a price that no other mid-price match.... 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's 2018 flagship phone is a big offering with some bold features. But in a world of advancing flagships, does it offer anything truly standout?... 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

The price and hardware may be right for an affordable phone, but the Honor 7A’s real-world performance is not. Shame.... 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... 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... 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

Looking for an affordable mid-level phone? Asus gets the Zenfone 5's iPhone X-like design largely right, but the ZenUI software has its imperfections.... Read more

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

The full QWERTY keyboard BB is back for round two, is it the best physical keyboard phone to buy?... Read more

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

Can the LG G7 ThinQ right the wrongs of the G6 and the series' mixed history? Read our review to see if this is the flagship mobile phone to buy...... 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

The first mobile phone with a pop-up camera and under-screen fingerprint scanner. But is this China-only phone a true sign of the future?... 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 G6 Play offers a whole lot of goodness for its modest asking price. Its real win is battery life, which goes on and on.... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... Read more

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