The CNET 100 leaderboard tracks tech's hottest products using our exclusive algorithm. Find out what's on top this month.
DECEMBER 2014
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SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 4
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Change since last month: 0
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Highest position: 1
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Reader Popularity: 3
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The best Android phablet rules with a pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will thrill anyone who loves a fast phone with a large screen, but it's best for compulsive scribblers willing to pay a lot for its winning stylus.
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Highest position: 1
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Reader Popularity: 2
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iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 delivers a bigger screen while remaining easy to handle, with plenty of features to satisfy everyone -- and the promise of Apple Pay on the horizon to potentially sweeten the deal even further.
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Change since last month: 0
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Highest position: 1
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Reader Popularity: 1
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Samsung Galaxy S5

Subtly improved and smartly refined, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a superior superphone that hits every mark but the sharpest design.
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Change since last month: 1
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Highest position: 4
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Reader Popularity: 14
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iPad Air 2

The iPad Air 2 is a nice refinement and finesse of last year's model, with a bevy of tweaks, enhancements, a much faster processor, and the welcome addition of Touch ID. Simply put: it's still the gold standard for tablets.
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Change since last month: 0
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Highest position: 5
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Reader Popularity: 7
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Google Nexus 6

Although the Nexus 6 trails the slimmer Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in processor performance and native productivity features, it's still the most powerful pure Android handset available and the largest Nexus yet.
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Change since last month: 4
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Highest position: 2
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Reader Popularity: 11
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LG G3

Possessing the right blend of features and design, the LG G3 finally gives LG the right phone with which to challenge Korean rival Samsung.
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Change since last month: 2
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Highest position: 2
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Reader Popularity: 8
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

While the new Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft's best PC to date, it's more successful as a tablet than a laptop replacement.
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Change since last month: 0
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Highest position: 8
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Reader Popularity: 10
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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung's swooshing Galaxy Note Edge is a triumph of novel design, but its high price tag and minimal extra usability make for a niche appeal.
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Change since last month: 0
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Highest position: 9
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Reader Popularity: 12
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Google Nexus 9

The Google Nexus 9's premium build, speedy performance and consistent updates render it one of the best high-end Android tablets.
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Change since last month: -6
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Highest position: 2
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Reader Popularity: 5
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Apple iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is too big for everyone to love it, but it's Apple's best phone this year. If your budget and your pocket can make room for it, give the iPhone 6 Plus serious consideration.