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Editor's Choice is an award we only give to the best products; the ones we'd recommend to our family and friends. An Editor's Choice is awarded only after our own in-depth testing and review. We say with confidence that these products aren't just above average; they really stand out. Of course you should read our full review to see the full breakdown of strengths and weaknesses, but overall, an Editor's Choice product is going to be a solid pick for most people.

ZTE Blade X Max

Jun 14, 2017, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

ZTE's latest Android handset for Cricket Wireless is the monstrous Blade X Max. This beast of a smartphone offers a whopping 6-inch screen, all-day battery life, and a compelling software experience. If you're in the market for an entertainment-focused TV replacement, the ZTE Blade X Max may be what you need. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Plantronics Backbeat 500

May 1, 2017, 2:00 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Plantronics' latest Bluetooth headphones are the affordable Backbeat 500s. These on-ear 'phones offer comfortable fit, excellent music playback, and battery life to spare, making them an ideal everyday carry item. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+

Apr 18, 2017, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a heavy-hitter that trounces much of the competition. This Android flagship from the world leader in smartphones struts its stuff with pride, despite several pain points that hold it back. The Galaxy S8+ is the bigger brother to Samsung's Galaxy S8 and impresses in nearly every way. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of the Galaxy S8+.

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Samsung Galaxy S8

Apr 18, 2017, 10:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's Galaxy S8 flagship raises the bar for smartphones thanks to its eye-popping display, attractive design, and blistering performance. This Android handset impresses in nearly every way. It may be a pricey piece of hardware, but there's no denying just how good a job Samsung has done with this phone. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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Mar 30, 2017, 10:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The LG G6 is a strong offering from the Korean company that goes toe-to-toe with the best from Apple and Samsung. The G6 features a gorgeous design, the best materials, a waterproof chassis, and killer cameras. Toss in extras like Google Assistant, a unique screen and powerful Android software, and the G6 is hard to beat. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review of LG's 2017 flagship handset.

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Jaybird Freedom

Oct 28, 2016, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Jaybird's Freedom headphones demonstrate that it is possible to have good sound, comfortable fit, and plenty of style in a set of Bluetooth buds. These wireless earbuds are more expensive than competing models, but in this case you get more than what you pay for. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review.

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Sep 21, 2016, 3:45 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus offers a few tricks that the smaller iPhone 7 doesn't. I particularly like how the dual cameras work together and how the larger power cell pushes battery life past a single day. Together with iOS 10, the iPhone 7 Plus is a formidable smartphone, even if it's hard to distinguish from its predecessors. Here is Phonescoop's full review.

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OnePlus 3

Sep 13, 2016, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The OnePlus 3 boasts top-level specs and performance, but is more affordable than you might think. Those interested in exploring the unlocked Android market will find a lot to like in the OnePlus 3. Here is our full review.

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Motorola Moto Z Play

Sep 8, 2016, 3:30 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Motorola's latest Moto Z handset is a compelling and affordable Android smartphone that also happens to be compatible with the company's ecosystem of Moto Mods. Along with the Z Play, we've reviewed the Hasselblad True Zoom camera mod.

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Jul 29, 2016, 7:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The ZMax Pro is an Android smartphone that delivers a premium experience and powerful performance at an affordable price point. This budget-minded handset is no cheap simpleton. The ZMax Pro is a well-rounded addition to MetroPCS' roster of phones. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth repot.

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Ultimate Ears Roll 2

Jul 20, 2016, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Ultimate Ears' Roll 2 is a compact, rugged, waterproof speaker that's ideal for summertime, on-the-go action. Its odd shape and coloring give it some character in a me-too market full of alternatives. Here is Phonescoop's review of the Roll 2.

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GBoard by Google

May 13, 2016, 3:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google and Microsoft have fielded new keyboard apps — GBoard and Word Flow, respectively — for the Apple iPhone. GBoard includes search tools, while Word Flow lets you create your own themes. Here is a quick rundown on these alternative keyboard apps for iOS users.

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HTC 10

Apr 14, 2016, 11:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Apr 14, 2016, 11:22 AM

The HTC 10 is here to wage battle against flagships from Apple, LG, and Samsung. This Android smartphone is perhaps more evolutionary than revolutionary, but that shouldn't take away from its attractive design, powerful multimedia features, and excellent performance. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth report about HTC's latest smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

Mar 11, 2016, 4:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Samsung's 2016 flagship represents the company's best effort in the fight for smartphone dominance. This beautifully crafted phone stands tall among its competitors, and justly so. Samsung packed a lot of capability into an easy-to-use, attractive handset that claims to have it all. Here is Phonescoop's in-depth review of the Galaxy S7.

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Nextbit Robin

Feb 18, 2016, 9:00 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   updated Feb 18, 2016, 5:55 PM

Nextbit hopes the Robin will convince people to jump into the cloud feet first. This Android smartphone prioritizes which apps and files get to stay on the phone, and which are relegated to Nextbit's servers. It's a unique approach looking to solve the problem of too much content, and not enough space. Here is Phone Scoop's in-depth review.

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