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Moto Z vs. iPhone 6s Plus

The Moto Z and latest iPhones tackle the smartphone from opposite directions. Motorola's new handset may be the simplest and most logical take on the modular smartphone to date, adding new looks or features just by snapping on a back plate. The most recent iPhones, meanwhile, have shied away from such bold changes – instead conservatively evolving the world-changing formula from Apple's 2007 original. Can Motorola's flagship shake up smartphone industry stagnation? Let's start by seeing how the Moto Z compares to the iPhone 6s Plus.Read More

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Moto Z vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Motorola's (which today really means Lenovo's) Moto Z is one of the boldest smartphones yet. A modular phone, like the LG G5, the Moto Z has a simpler, more elegant kind of modularity – with optional plates snapping magnetically onto its back, to give it either a new look or all new functionality. Let's see how it compares to one of its best and most popular – but not modular – rivals, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.Read More

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Peripheral smartphone camera goes where the sun don't shine

Your smartphone's camera may be able to do a lot of things, but it can't detach from the phone to see into hard-to-reach places. That's why Edinburgh-based startup Barwritek created the Eye Eye. It's an HD video camera that's hard-wired to your Android smartphone via a coiled cord, and mounted on a telescoping pole so it can be held up high, underneath things, or wherever else you wish to stick it.Read More

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Oh snap! Hands-on with Lenovo's Moto Z and its modular back plates

Modular phones aren't yet a thing, per se, but that doesn't mean underdog (i.e. not Apple or Samsung) smartphone-makers aren't trying their darnedest to put them on the radar. First it was LG with its hit-and-miss G5, and now Motorola (Lenovo) with the Moto Z and its snap-on, Ashton Kutcher-approved "Moto Mods." If our hands-on time is any indication, this could be the first modular approach that really matters.Read More

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HTC 10 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 (and S7 edge): Up close with 2016's best smartphones

For a while there, it looked like the HTC vs. Samsung smartphone rivalry had been snuffed out, after HTC's disappointing 2015 flagship fell short of being a true threat to Samsung's envelope-pushing Galaxy S6. This year is a different story, though, as the companies have top Smartphone of the Year candidates. Read on for our hands-on comparison of the HTC 10 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 (which also includes the larger Galaxy S7 edge).Read More

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