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LG G5 review

The action of swapping the Friends modules can, at its best, feel delightful. LG deliberately made the process reminiscent of swapping out a gun magazine, and when you manage to do everything right, it feels pretty seamless. But it’s the battery that causes the most friction, as most of the time …

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: an alarmingly good smartphone

First impressions of the Xiaomi Mi 5 are favorable, owing to its glamorous appearance, though they’re offset by some concerns about the handset’s fit and finish. A glossy glass back curves into a metal frame, which wraps around to the front and culminates in a chamfered edge1. Reflections dance …

Apple iOS 9 review

Apple is a mobile device company. It makes the vast majority of its money from the iPhone, and everything else it does is starting to look a little like a side hustle. The real game for Apple is in these mobile devices, and the software that runs on them is the most important software that Apple …

Apple iPad mini 4 review

Last year, Apple delivered a dud of an iPad. I’m not talking about the iPad Air 2, which set an incredible new benchmark for the type of speed and performance consumers can expect from tablets. No, I’m referring to the disappointing, mailed-in iPad mini 3. In 2014, Apple decided to update the the …

Android 6.0 Marshmallow review

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is such a mishmash of features that I spent a long time trying to suss out the unifying principle behind it all. Turns out, the answer was literally right in front of my face the entire time I was looking at my phone: that new, colorful Google logo.<p>It's divisive, like any …

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact review

Twice a year every year, Sony issues a new flagship Android smartphone. This rapid pace has propelled us from 2013’s Xperia Z to today’s Xperia Z5, across five generations of what’s been fundamentally the same formula: distinctive design, long battery life, the latest Qualcomm processor, and a …

Nexus 5X review

There’s a funny thing about fans (whether they’re fans of a sports team, a band, or a particular company or product): they can be hard to please. Google learned this with last year’s Nexus 6. It was a much larger and more expensive phone than the Nexus 5 that preceded it, and there was no guarantee …

Nexus 6P review: the best Android phone

The Nexus 6P is a premium phone.<p>"Premium" is a funny word when it comes to phones. It's as though everybody in the business of judging them got together in a secret cabal to come up with the most awkward language possible to describe the set of ineffable qualities that separates the very best …

HTC One A9 review: the Android iPhone

HTC didn’t stop at just copying the iPhone’s looks. The One A9’s battery is closer in size to the iPhone’s than the Android average, and the rest of its specs also appear to pay no mind to the usual Android spec race. Instead, HTC is prioritizing software — with the 5-inch One A9 being the first …

LG V10 review

Mobile photography doesn’t get much better than this<p>Unlike the Xperia Z5, which also has a superb camera sensor, the LG V10 isn’t hamstrung by poor software or performance. LG’s camera app is close to perfect. The automatic modes are a great entryway for neophytes and casual users, paring down the …

Motorola Droid Turbo 2 review

I'm biking through Brooklyn when the Droid Turbo 2 slips from my hand and smacks the pavement. For any other phone, this would be a disaster — a spiderweb of cracks across the screen, if not a totally smashed pane of glass sending tiny shards everywhere. But this is the Droid Turbo 2, so things are …

BlackBerry Priv review

This is the phone that's supposed to save BlackBerry.<p>That seems like a dire thing to say about the new Android-powered BlackBerry Priv, which in any other context would just be yet-another Android phone in what has become a veritable sea of yet-another Android phones. As an Android phone, it's …

Microsoft Lumia 950 review

It’s probably been a long time since a Microsoft smartphone has crossed your mind. The last time Microsoft had a high-end Windows smartphone in the US, it was nearly two years ago and the phone came wearing a Nokia logo and ran Windows Phone 8.<p>Now the company is releasing two new phones that it …

OnePlus X review

But the X is far from the compact flagship that its maker wants you to believe it is. If you live in the United States, this phone won’t offer proper LTE connectivity on any network, and if you want to use Android Pay, you’ll find its lack of NFC or a fingerprint sensor disturbing omissions. In …

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL review

A year ago, I gave up on Windows Phone. Frustrated by a lack of quality apps, poor hardware offerings, and a feeling of missing out, I bought an iPhone like millions of others. I haven’t regretted switching away from Windows Phone at all.<p>But I have been waiting for a true flagship Windows phone to …

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus review

iPhone 6S review<p>Apple presses forward<p>By Nilay Patel<p>Big screens won.<p>For the past three years, the most meaningful change to the iPhone has been the size of its screen. After years of sticking with a 3.5-inch display and watching Android-powered competitors bite off a piece of the market with …

The best apps for your new iPhone

The iPhone 6S has a gorgeous 4.7-inch screen, a super-fast processor, and arguably the best mobile camera on the market. But out of the box, it won't have the apps you can't live without. Finding a good mobile app is like discovering a best-kept secret: they can change how you work, take your email …