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Second Opinion: Sony’s Xperia Z5 is unique but flawed

Sony’s Xperia Z5 initially grabbed my attention because the smartphone looks different from most other Android devices on the market. At first glance the so-called “Bond phone” resembles the type of smartphone…

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Sony Xperia Z5 review

Sony doesn’t worry about what you think. It just makes phones that, year after year, epitomize refinement within the Android ecosystem. The Xperia Z5 is technically the sixth iteration of…

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Five reasons to love the Moto X Play

If you’re in the market for a new mid-range phone, then you may want to consider the Moto X Play, a phone I’ve using for the last couple of weeks….

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BlackBerry Priv review

It’s been over three years since BlackBerry began trickling details about its next generation operating system, a secure environment that would attract developers with its easy-to-use tools, support for open web…

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Nexus 5X review: A worthy successor to the Nexus 5

Google’s and LG’s Nexus 5X is my favourite Android smartphone currently on the market, and a worthy successor to the now two-year-old Nexus 5. It also marks a return to…

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The LG G4, six months later

For LG executives, it must be hard to look at Samsung’s mobile success and not feel a sour taste, given how hyper-competitive the Korean electronics industry is. In trying to…

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HTC One A9 review

What happened to you, HTC? You used to be big and bright, the world your oyster, so to speak. But now you’re sipping fifty cent beer at the corner dive,…

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Exploring smartphone choices under $600

There’s a new reality in play: the Canadian dollar is weak, affecting the prices of smartphones as a result. We’ve seen the discrepancies enumerate, but the practical takeaway is that…

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The HTC One M9, Six Months Later

From the outside, HTC looks like a company on the brink. Its financial woes have overshadowed much of what the company has worked on, including the impressive Vive virtual reality…

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HTC One A9 Hands-on

I probably don’t need to say this, but the HTC One A9 looks an awful lot like an iPhone 6. Whether driven by sheer arrogance or a desperate need to find…

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OnePlus 2 review

I did an experiment a few days ago. I went to a crowded square in Toronto and asked a bunch of random strangers three things: Do you know what an iPhone…

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Nexus 6P Hands-on

Last week, when Google invited us to its Toronto offices for a hands-on with the new Nexus phones, there was one major omission: the Nexus 6P. Blame weather, delivery people…

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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus review

By now, the “S” series iPhone follows a predictable pattern: it retains the same design as its predecessor, but debuts a new flagship feature that, over time, trickles down (or…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review

The Galaxy Note 5 is Samsung’s best phone ever, but by a narrower margin than any previous Galaxy device preceding it. That not only sums up the state of Samsung’s…

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Photo Shootout: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs. LG G4 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

Until recently there was an unwavering truth about smartphone cameras: they were generally terrible. But slowly but surely the commoditization of tiny sensors has led to remarkable breakthroughs in fidelity,…

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Moto X Play review

If you think about it, Motorola had to release something like the Moto X Play. The Moto X, that critically-acclaimed but sales-poor flagship, had been reframed as a high-margin player up…

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Moto X Play compared to Moto X (2nd gen)

Let’s skip to the punch: the Moto X Play is in some ways a successor to last year’s Moto X and in other ways a regression. But in lieu of…