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A full-fledged, highly in-depth review of a mobile device.

Moto Z2 Force Mini Review: A Surprisingly Refreshing Experience that Requires an Expensive Commitment to Moto Mods

Lenovo has a lot on the line with its 2017 offerings, and the flagship Moto Z2 Force may be the most important of them all. It's not only their premium smartphone, but it also inherits the Moto Mods strategy that Motorola began last year, and all the constraints that come with it. Before we take a...

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 XDA Review: A Capable Flagship and a Solid First Step Onto the World Stage

Xiaomi’s worldwide launch has been heralded for years, and with the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 it looks like the final pieces are falling into place. As Xiaomi’s first flagship phone to offer a model with worldwide frequency band support, the Mi Note 2 offers an exciting look into what we can expect from Xiaomi as...

XDA Takes on Ryzen: In-Depth Look of AMD’s AM4 Processors On Linux

In 2016 readers wanted to know how AMD's FX processors performed when it came to Linux and Android building - and thanks to the folks at AMD we were happy to find out and share the results with you. The lessons we learned from that article helped us learn how to better configure our systems...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 XDA Review: All Geared Up for Another Year of Success

India is a crucial part of Xiaomi’s international market. Here, their flagships have not had much success. On the other hand, the company continues to see its popularity rise with well-priced and high-value budget and low-end offerings. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC was Xiaomi’s best selling phone in India and the country's...

Ulefone Metal XDA Review: An Often-Hilarious Trainwreck of a Phone, But a Step Forward For Ulefone’s Developer Relations

The Ulefone Metal is an entry level smartphone with a premium finish, that just can't quite stick the landing. It comes incredibly close to being a phone with good price-performance (especially thanks to Ulefone releasing the kernel sources and trying to support developers), but some issues with polish and a couple “What were they thinking?”-style...

ZenWatch 3 Review: As Smartwatch Interest Wanes, ASUS Offers a Compelling and Competitive Wear Product

Smartwatches have been on a steady decline for what feels like ages, at least in terms of the interest they garner. It has been a while since analysts even acknowledged the smartwatch as a market force, likely due to their failure to predict the so-called “Year of the Smartwatch” time and time again. With the death...

OnePlus 3T XDA Review: What Has Changed, and by How Much

The OnePlus 3T quickly became a controversial release for OnePlus -- while the company has managed to make a great smartphone even better, many wish they knew ahead of time that the best was yet to come, especially those who bought the OnePlus 3 very recently. Most importantly, perhaps, is the fact that OnePlus 3 sales...

Google Pixel XL XDA Review: A Foundational Release for Google & Post-Nexus Android

Google's newest incursion into the smartphone market is upon us, and the Pixel and Pixel XL aim to offer top-notch hardware and the perfect realization of Google's new vision for Android. Most importantly, perhaps, it is key part of a bigger push for a redefined Google ecosystem.With so many great Android phones around, how clearly can...

Honor 8 XDA Review: Capable & Powerful Little Flagship on a Budget

The Honor 8 is Honor's newest flagship phone, now hitting the U.S. market and Europe at a competitive price-point. Offering excellent silicon and a glass and metal design for $400, the Honor 8 is in an interesting pricing bracket with even more interesting competitors.Can this device honor its specifications and stay toe-to-toe with the new...

Xiaomi Mi Max XDA Review: Big, Powerful And Big Again

Xiaomi has been riding waves of success in the Indian market, with very successful products like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and other disruptors like the Mi 5. We reviewed the Redmi Note 3 Snapdragon 650 variant recently, and the phone left us mightily impressed in a product segment that sees some of the heaviest, most competitive price...

Elephone S3 Quick Review — A Phone Bigger than its Price, Once Quality Assurance Issues Are Squashed

Elephone's latest device has arrived at a very reasonable $200, trying its hand at a premium design for the price bracket. But packing a 2014 SoC and just a 2100 mAh battery, can it hold up to today's alternate budget phones? I aimed to find out.Device Elephone S3CPU MediaTek 6753Display 5.2" IPS  1080 *1920 pixels (PPI=424)RAM 3GBStorage 16GBBattery 2100 mAhFront Camera 5MPRear Camera 13MPWeight 145g*Colours Iron...

OnePlus 3 XDA Review: OnePlus Paints the Perfect Canvas for the Spec-Hungry Tinkerer

With a new year comes a new OnePlus flagship, with the goal of taking on the big league players and give them a serious run for their money. After last year's disappointing OnePlus 2, the "little OEM that could" drops its "Flagship Killer" slogan for a humbler release of a well-specced phone.Can the OnePlus re-deliver the Never Settle...