We test every phone in real-world scenarios, focusing on its features, design, performance, camera, battery life, and overall value. We document our findings in early reviews that are updated regularly when there are new software updates or to compare them to new phones from competitors like Apple, Samsung, Google, and OnePlus.
Most modern phones are focused on photography, so they take photos and videos of different subjects in different settings and lighting scenarios. Try out all the new camera modes, including Action mode from the iPhone 14 series and the photo blur tool from the Google Pixel 7 series.
Batteries are tested in a variety of ways. We evaluate how long the phone lasts in a typical day’s use and record how the phone performs during more intensive sessions such as video calls, media streaming, and gaming. . We also perform video playback tests as a simple and reproducible measure of pure battery life. This is not always included in the initial review, but may be added in later updates.
We measure each phone’s performance using benchmarking apps and use our own anecdotes from using that phone in our reviews. The most notable thing is the look of the graphics and animations. Is it smooth? Does it lag or stutter? Also check how quickly your phone switches between horizontal and vertical orientation, and how quickly the camera app opens and is ready to take a photo.
Perform processor-intensive tasks such as editing photos, exporting videos, and playing games. Evaluate whether a new version of a particular phone includes enough features to make it worth upgrading from an older model.
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