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Nokia 8 review: Flagship specs, mid-range feels
4.0 stars

Nokia 8 review: Flagship specs, mid-range feels

By Chris Hall

Nokia filled the gap at the top of its smartphone portfolio with the Nokia 8, the flagship phone that we'd been waiting for since the announcement of Nokia's return, which has seen the birth of the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 in the first year of its life.On the... Read more

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review: Flagship design without the flagship price tag
4.5 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

HTC U11 Life review: The ups and downs of Life
4.0 stars

HTC U11 Life review: The ups and downs of Life

By Mike Lowe

One of 2017's best - and perhaps most underrated - phones is the HTC U11. With its top-spec innards and unique two-tone colour rear, it's one of the most striking phones on the market. And it has a baby brother: the HTC U11 Life, a mid-level equivalent... Read more

OnePlus 5T review: The flagship killer is back, bigger and better than ever
5.0 stars

OnePlus 5T review: The flagship killer is back, bigger and better than ever

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

Honor 7X initial review: Adding 18:9 screen X factor to the affordable phone market

Honor 7X initial review: Adding 18:9 screen X factor to the affordable phone market

By Mike Lowe

It's not just top-end flagship phones that are getting taller, skinnier and therefore easier to handle: the Honor 7X, which is expected to launch on 5 December 2017 at Honor's UK event (although you can already buy it now via some channels for £279-300),... Read more

Razer Phone review: Brilliant brickphone brings an experience like no other
4.0 stars

Razer Phone review: Brilliant brickphone brings an experience like no other

By Mike Lowe

In an arguably stagnant phone market an unexpected new player has emerged: Razer. Yep, the well-known gaming brand isn't hanging up its core business, rather bringing its gaming expertise to the phone market. But in the unimaginatively named Razer Phone... Read more

BlackBerry Motion initial review: Big, bold boss of business

BlackBerry Motion initial review: Big, bold boss of business

By Cam Bunton

A year after launching the DTEK50 and DTEK60 - which were essentially just Alcatel Idol clones - BlackBerry Mobile is back with something of its own flavour. The BlackBerry Motion is here in its big, keyboard-less glory. Bold, unique and yet familiar... Read more

Motorola Moto X4 review: In a tough spot
3.5 stars

Motorola Moto X4 review: In a tough spot

By Mike Lowe

There was a time when the Moto X was a ruler among smartphones. But as various competitors have risen up through the mid-spec or sub-flagship space, its power dwindled somewhat. And then, following the Moto X Style and Moto X Play at the tail-end of... Read more

LG V30 review: A flagship that's not just for creatives
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LG V30 review: A flagship that's not just for creatives

By Chris Hall

The LG V30 is the third iteration of its V series, with the aim of changing the opinion of this family of phones. The thing that's always been slightly strange about the V models is the limited availability and the strong focus on advanced video capture... 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

HTC U11+ initial review: Bigger, bolder, better

HTC U11+ initial review: Bigger, bolder, better

By Chris Hall

HTC has been quick to respond to the trend that's pushing phones towards an 18:9 aspect. Rather than waiting for an update with its next predicted device refresh in early-2018, it has chosen to unveil an 18:9 aspect phone in late-2017.In doing so, HTC... 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

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 right 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 this year, especially on reflection of the better and cheaper Honor 9... 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

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

Last year, 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

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 in pictures: Is the designer handset really worth €1395?

Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 in pictures: Is the designer handset really worth €1395?

By Mike Lowe

When Porsche Design revealed its design special of the Huawei Mate 9 back in 2016, it was a handset that stood head and shoulders above the standard Huawei model in design terms - and the phone we wish that Huawei had made for all its customers.Which,... 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 2017 there's a trio of new iPhones: the small-scale iPhone 8, the larger iPhone 8 Plus, and the forthcoming 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... Read more

Asus Zenfone 4 Pro preview: The true flagship of the Zenfone family

Asus Zenfone 4 Pro preview: The true flagship of the Zenfone family

By Chris Hall

Asus has launched a full family of Zenfone 4 devices and it's serious about gaining some traction for these devices in the UK and across Europe. Different devices are launching in different territories and while the UK is slated to get the Zenfone 4... Read more

Asus Zenfone 4 preview: A dual camera attack on the mid-range

Asus Zenfone 4 preview: A dual camera attack on the mid-range

By Chris Hall

The Asus Zenfone 4 is a mid-range handset that comes with the addition of dual cameras on the back of the phone. Asus is shaking things up in the smartphone race, bringing a second wide-angle lens to the party.The Zenfone 4 has launched in a number of... Read more

Meizu Pro 7 review: Flicking two screens up at smartphone uniformity
4.0 stars

Meizu Pro 7 review: Flicking two screens up at smartphone uniformity

By Cam Bunton

Meizu isn't a company that's very well known in Western markets, but over the past couple of years it has pushed beyond its Chinese market roots.Like most smartphone makers, Meizu is battling against a race towards uniformity. In other words: making a... Read more

Apple iOS 11 review: Exploring the cool new features coming to your iPhone and iPad
4.5 stars

Apple iOS 11 review: Exploring the cool new features coming to your iPhone and iPad

By Cam Bunton

iOS 11 is Apple's latest software update for iPhone and iPad users, and this year - particularly for the latter - it brings many important changes. There's an all-new Control Centre, better multitasking for iPads, a new one-handed keyboard, better Siri... 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

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus preview: Mid-ranger with a beefy battery

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus preview: Mid-ranger with a beefy battery

By Britta O'Boyle

Sony announced three smartphones at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, including two flagships to complement the 4K Xperia XZ Premium and one "super mid-ranger".The super mid-ranger comes in the form of the Xperia XA1 Plus, sitting alongside the... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact preview: The small powerhouse returns

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact preview: The small powerhouse returns

By Britta O'Boyle

Until last year, the Sony Compact handset was one of our all-time favourite Sony devices. It was hard evidence that good things can come in small packages, offering the same power and hardware as the flagship smartphone it launched alongside.That all... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 preview: Classic design, upgraded hardware

Sony Xperia XZ1 preview: Classic design, upgraded hardware

By Britta O'Boyle

Sony announced three new smartphones at consumer electronics show IFA, including two flagship devices that will "complement" the spec-stacked Xperia XZ Premium that launched at the beginning of the year, rather than replace it. The Xperia XZ1 succeeds... Read more

Oppo R11 review: The almost-great phone
3.5 stars

Oppo R11 review: The almost-great phone

By Cam Bunton

You might not know it, but Oppo is one of the world's most popular phone manufacturers. On a global scale of shipped devices it's in fourth place, behind Samsung, Apple and Huawei. And that's without having a major presence in western markets like Europe... Read more

Nokia 6 review: Affordable Android with strength in design
3.5 stars

Nokia 6 review: Affordable Android with strength in design

By Chris Hall

Nokia's leap into Android smartphones has been very much dominated by design. It seems to be the focus of the new HMD Global-led Nokia brand, with strong design running through the Nokia 3 right up to the new Nokia 8.The Nokia 6 was the top-tier phone... Read more

Vodafone Smart V8 review: A new budget smartphone champion?
4.5 stars

Vodafone Smart V8 review: A new budget smartphone champion?

By Cam Bunton

The race to become budget champion is on, as it has been for a few years now. As each year rushes through in this era of fast-paced change, there's never been a better time to look for an affordable smartphone. Many will point you towards Honor or Moto... Read more

Honor 6A preview: The best £150 phone choice?

Honor 6A preview: The best £150 phone choice?

By Mike Lowe

Even affordable phones have got pretty good of late. If you're non-plussed about buying the snazziest looking, ultra-powerful flagship then, well, £150 will get you a perfectly serviceable device.The Honor 6A being the latest to squeeze itself into... Read more

Nokia 3 review: Three isn't the magic number
3.0 stars

Nokia 3 review: Three isn't the magic number

By Chris Hall

When Nokia announced its return to smartphones, there was an understandable excitement about the 2017 version of the Nokia 3310, which saw the once classic phone dominate the headlines once again.We remarked at the time that this might be a bad thing,... Read more

Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons
4.0 stars

Moto Z2 Play review: All the mod cons

By Mike Lowe

Modular phones are in a rather interesting spot. At the end of 2016 Google canned Project Ara, its open-source modular mobile project. In 2017, the latest LG G-series unceremoniously ditched the company's lacklustre "Friends" modules. Motorola, on the... Read more

Honor 9 review: A mid-range marvel
4.5 stars

Honor 9 review: A mid-range marvel

By Mike Lowe

There was a time when buying an affordable phone would mean considerable compromise. Increasingly, however, the boundaries between mid-range and true flagship devices is being blurred, to such an extent that sometimes the more affordable phone can actually... Read more

OnePlus 5 review: The flagship-killer's coming of age
5.0 stars

OnePlus 5 review: The flagship-killer's coming of age

By Cam Bunton

When OnePlus launched its first phone back in 2014, it was clearly the plucky upstart, one that was trying to offer as powerful a phone as possible that almost anyone could afford. Many of its strategies - from marketing to launch and invites for sales... Read more

HTC U11 review: Flagship glory, with a gimmick squeezed in
4.5 stars

HTC U11 review: Flagship glory, with a gimmick squeezed in

By Chris Hall

HTC's big play with the HTC U11 is being able to squeeze the phone as a new method of interaction. It's a natural motion and works well for one-handed use is the argument, giving the company's new flagship something different.Apple doesn't have squeeze.... Read more

BlackBerry KeyOne review: BlackBerry's bold return to form
4.5 stars

BlackBerry KeyOne review: BlackBerry's bold return to form

By Cam Bunton

If there's one company that, by all accounts, should have been killed off by the smartphone revolution started by the iPhone way back in 2007, it's BlackBerry. For years, the company was hampered by its insistence on sticking with its own operating system,... Read more

Nokia 3310 (2017) review: Beyond the hype, what's this phone like?

Nokia 3310 (2017) review: Beyond the hype, what's this phone like?

By Cam Bunton

For the most part we stick to reviewing smartphones here at Pocket-lint, but when the new 3310 was released, we couldn't turn down the opportunity to sink our teeth into a phone which plays on the old nostalgia bone. For many of us, the original 3310... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: 4K flagship has stacks of specs appeal
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: 4K flagship has stacks of specs appeal

By Britta O'Boyle

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium sits at the top of the huge portfolio of Sony smartphones, pulling together advanced camera and display technology from other aspects of Sony's business and pairing it all with the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset.However,... Read more

Moto G5 review: If price is everything, this is the budget phone to buy
4.0 stars

Moto G5 review: If price is everything, this is the budget phone to buy

By Mike Lowe

The Moto G has long been the king of affordable phones. But things have changed in recent years, with a wider array of choice and price points available. To combat the shifting market, the fifth-generation G-series comes in G5 or larger G5 Plus flavours,... Read more

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A mobile masterpiece
5.0 stars

Samsung Galaxy S8 review: A mobile masterpiece

By Mike Lowe

With many phones looking like clones, or brands nonchalantly pushing out the same old design year-on-year, Samsung is in that favourable position of offering something exciting in the Galaxy S8. It's a phone that defines flagship design with its visually... Read more

Lenovo P2 review: All the battery you could ever need
4.5 stars

Lenovo P2 review: All the battery you could ever need

By Cam Bunton

Hunting down the perfect phone will, for many, mean finding one with the greatest equal combination of screen, camera, software and design. If budget is available, that likely means ponying up for an iPhone, Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy S8; or, on... Read more

Moto G5 Plus review: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag
4.5 stars

Moto G5 Plus review: A big dose of premium, without the prohibitive price tag

By Mike Lowe

Since 2014 the Moto G has been blowing the socks off the budget phone market. Back then it was the best budget handset by far. But boy do things move along quickly - and the Moto G5 Plus is a mirror of that in many respects.In just three short years... 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 has broken 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

Honor 8 Pro review: Flagship that's no money pit
4.5 stars

Honor 8 Pro review: Flagship that's no money pit

By Mike Lowe

Big phones are a big deal. And the Honor 8 Pro is the company's largest phone to date, with a whopping 5.7-inch screen wrapped into similar-to-iPhone-7-Plus proportions. If you want screen real estate and resolution then this is the Honor for you.However,... Read more

Motorola Moto Z Play review: Unbeatable battery life bettered by Mods
4.0 stars

Motorola Moto Z Play review: Unbeatable battery life bettered by Mods

By Cam Bunton

Motorola has had something of a turbulent time over the past few years. Having moved from its own leadership to Google and then on to Lenovo, it has struggled to compete with the other big name brands at the flagship end of the smartphone market.With... Read more

Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei's colourful 5.5-inch phone
4.0 stars

Huawei P10 Plus review: Plenty of plusses from Huawei's colourful 5.5-inch phone

By Mike Lowe

Good things come in small packages. So do better things come in larger ones? That's the sentiment of the Huawei P10 Plus: this 5.5-inch smartphone is the top drawer P-series device from the Chinese maker, expanding not only on size compared to the smaller... Read more

Huawei P10 review: Android's iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?
4.0 stars

Huawei P10 review: Android's iPhone-killer, or flawed imitator?

By Mike Lowe

It's not often a phone is revealed in a green colour finish. Or "greenery" to give it full credit. Which, as it so happens, is Pantone's colour of the year 2017. It's also Huawei's oh-so-on-trend colour for its brand new P10 smartphone.Yes, ok, so you're... Read more

LG G6 review: The first truly great flagship phone for 2017
5.0 stars

LG G6 review: The first truly great flagship phone for 2017

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 last year - largely down to its modular... Read more