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Motorola Moto Z2 Play Review

New aspect ratios, curved displays, and iris scanners—manufacturers have spent the past six months doing just about everything to make their phones stand out from the crowd. The unlocked Moto Z2 Play, on the other hand, builds on a concept Motorola established last year: It has a unique design that works with Moto Mods, useful modular back panels that bring new functionality. It also has snappy performance and great battery life, and it’s compatible with all major U.S. carriers. In addition, unlike the Z Droid, it even has a headphone jack. That makes the Z2 Play a great phone for anyone who’s sold on the modular build. Otherwise, the ZTE Axon 7 gets you a bit more power for less money.

A SLIM, SMOOTH, FAMILIAR DESIGN

Available in black, blue, gold, and gray, the Moto Z2 Play is largely the same phone as the Moto Z Droid and Play Droid in terms of design. The svelte device is ringed by a band of metal along the sides, with a set of clicky volume buttons and a ridged power button on th…
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Honor 8 Pro Review – Best Plus Size Smartphone 2017?

VERDICT – This is quite simply, this is one of the best plus-sized smartphones money can buy.

Many would have poked fun at 5.7in smartphones a few years back, but now they’re a common sight, and the Honor 8Pro shows why: it’s an impressively specced Quad HD handset that merges the beauty of the Honor 8and Huawei P10, while keeping the price down to a very reasonable £480.
Honor has ditched the 15 layers of glass found on the regular Honor 8, instead opting for a matt finish, and the result is stunning. The sleek, rounded edges and full-metal unibody design give the phone a premium feel, and its 184g weight complements the phone’s handling. It’s also just 7mm thick, which is even slimmer than the 7.3mm iPhone 7Plus, and the 8Pro lacks any unsightly camera bump.

ON TAP

Unlike the Huawei P10, the fingerprint sensor is found on the back. This makes it much more comfortable to use one-handed, and the unlock speed is blisteringly fast. However, the ability to also use the sensor as a customi…

Huawei P10 Review

VERDICT – This photographer’s companion is a powerful Android handset and worthy upgrade to the P9.

The Leica-branded Huawei P9 (Shopper 342) was a pleasant surprise when it launched last year. Much of that was down to its dual rear cameras, which Huawei has wisely decided to carry over unchanged to the new P10.

It also raises the issue of what’s actually new, especially since the P10 is pricier than the P9 was on release. The biggest difference lies in the P10’s improved physical appearance, which is uncannily iPhone 7-like in design. Huawei has tossed away the easily scratched all-metal silver back of the P9 in favor of a smooth, matte black rear that’s far easier on the hands (and pocket).

THUMB AND GAMES

The fingerprint sensor has also moved from the rear to the front, where it’s now integrated with the home button. We did prefer the sensor in the P9’s more index finger-friendly position, but since it has such extra abilities as swiping left or right to switch apps; it can at least…

Motorola Moto G5 Plus Review

For a year, the Motorola Moto G4 (Shopper 343) represented the pinnacle of budget smartphone design, which is why the Moto G5 (Shopper 353) was such a disappointment; it’s still a decent handset, but takes so many backwards steps that there’s no reason to choose it over last year’s model.
However, the Moto G5 Plus –the larger phablet version – couldn’t be more different. Not only is it a far more accomplished device than its own predecessor, the Moto G4 Plus, but it easily warrants the £80 premium over the MotoG5, with a better camera, nicer looks and drastically faster performance.

That price difference does mean the Moto G5 Plus sits in a different sector to the Moto G5 but, at £249, that sector is largely empty right now. Most rival phone manufacturers have deserted the mid- to low-price tier, previously occupied by such stalwarts as the Nexus 5X and the OnePlus 2, and have moved to higher or lower ground.

So, although still a temptingly priced phone, the G5 Plus’s competition i…