Featured Review: uleFone Be Pro

The world of Chinese manufacturers is incredibly competitive, always pushing the boundaries of what people thought was possible at a specific price range.  Companies like Samsung, LG and Apple all thrive on the sales of their high-end smartphones that cost over $500 and even well above the $1,000 mark in some cases.  Chinese manufacturers have […]

Featured Review: LG G Flex 2 (Sprint)

Back in late 2013, LG announced their first curved display smartphone, around the same time Samsung announced theirs. Which was the Galaxy Round. Needless to say, only one made it to the US, and only one made it to the second generation. That’d be the LG G Flex 2. At CES, LG took the wraps […]

Featured Review: HTC One M9

In Barcelona, HTC held their press conference for the HTC One M9. We entered the building basically knowing what to expect, given all the leaks we’ve seen of the device ahead of time. But HTC did still surprise us, as there was no HTC One M9 Plus at the event. So our attention was on […]

Featured Review: Elephone P5000 – Battery for Days

Elephone is known in China for their affordable phones with lots of community support.  Elephone takes a slightly different look at Android from most Chinese manufacturers in that it provides users with a mostly stock experience with only a few tweaks here and there.  The Elephone P5000 is the company’s latest mid-ranger from the company […]

Featured Review: Xiaomi Mi Note

Last week, I was in San Francisco at Xiaomi’s first US press event. It was more of a fireside chat, where Xiaomi was basically introducing the company to the US media. Android Headlines has been covering Xiaomi for quite some time, so a lot of the info that was shared at this event, we already […]

Featured Review: Meizu M1 Note – More Bang for Your Buck

2014 was a landmark year for Chinese manufacturer Meizu, who had traditionally only released one flagship phone per year.  Fall 2014 brought about two flagships from the growing company, and in December they announced a new budget-minded phone designed to usher in a new crowd of Meizu owners.  Meizu has traditionally focused on the higher-end spec race […]

Featured Review: Motorola Moto E (2015) 4G LTE

Back in late 2013, Motorola announced the Moto G, which started their own race to the bottom. It quickly became the company’s most successful smartphone in history. Which I’ve said many times that is not hard to do. Seeing as most of their smartphones had been carrier or country exclusive. A few months later, in […]

Featured Review: iOcean Rock M6752

Competition in the world of Chinese smartphone manufacturers is fierce.  Many Chinese OEMs have moved into the entry-level and mid-range market, offering good specs for super cheap prices.  Some OEMs tout their build quality while others sell on the price alone.  There are OEMs known for having the thinnest phones on the market and ones for […]

Featured Review: ZTE Blade S6

Over the last year, there has been somewhat of a boom in terms of mid-range priced devices which sport mid-high range specs. With the likes of Xiaomi, Motorola, Huawei and ZTE all looking to cement their position in the mid-range market, the competition alone is enough to fuel a race to give you more for […]

Featured Review: No. 1 X-Men X1 – Super-Powered Rugged Phone

Smartphones aren’t exactly known for their being the most durable things in existence.  For years smartphones were as easy to break as making one mistake and dropping them on nearly any surface, cracking the glass face and rendering the phone useless until repaired.  There’s always been a market for phones that are more durable than […]

Featured Review: Huawei Honor 6 Plus – Bigger and Better

Huawei’s successful Honor series received a handful of additions to its repertoire last year including the Honor 6 and Honor 6 Plus.  We reviewed the Honor 6 near the end of January as it had just received the EmotionUI 3.0 update, which completely refreshed the interface and features of the phone.  In the same month […]

Featured Review: Xiaomi Redmi 2 – The Prince and the Pauper

Specs As is customary with a sequel, Xiaomi has upgraded the internals when comparing the Redmi 2 to the Redmi 1s.  Included in this upgrade is Qualcomm’s latest entry-level CPU the Snapdragon 410, which is Qualcomm’s first 64-bit chipset.  The phone comes in two flavors, an 8GB and a 16GB version which doesn’t just differ in […]

Featured Review: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

I’ve been using the Xperia Z3 as my daily driver for a little over a month now. It’s one of those phones that I actually bought, and is not a review unit. I’ve really started liking Sony smartphones lately. I attended their launch event in NYC for the Xperia Z3v back in October and loved […]

Featured Review: Ulefone Be One

The Chinese smartphone market is huge, that country accounted for 40% of overall smartphone shipments in 2014, smartphone manufacturers and smartphones are dime a dozen in China. That being said, you’ve probably heard of many China-based companies, like Huawei, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, ZTE, Xiaomi, Meizu… but there are many of them you probably haven’t heard […]

Featured Review: ZTE Grand X Max+ for Cricket Wireless

ZTE has been packing a serious punch with its phones lately.  They’ve made some record growth in 2014 with a 94% growth rate year-over-year from 2013, and it’s all thanks to the quality of phones they’d released throughout the year.  Moving into 2015 ZTE looks to take the US market by storm again, releasing another hot […]

Featured Review: BLU Vivo Air

Smartphones are getting thinner, thinner and thinner. We are now at the point where phones are becoming so thin, that they aren’t even comfortable to hold and use. The BLU Vivo Air is the thinnest smartphone in North America at just 5mm thin. To keep that in perspective, the headphone jack used on every smartphone […]

Featured Review: Kyocera DuraForce

Kyocera isn’t making headlines for their high-end Android smartphones, but they have quietly carved out a niche for themselves with their rugged phones. The Kyocera DuraForce on AT&T is basically the same phone as Verizon’s Brigadier, minus the sapphire crystal display. That doesn’t mean that the DuraForce isn’t a tough phone. It certainly is. It […]