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Samsung Ativ One 5 Style

Samsung's new Ativ One 5 Style is an all-in-one Windows 8 touch-screen PC that's very reminiscent of a huge Galaxy Tab.

June 20, 2013

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Nokia Lumia Icon

Buy the Nokia Lumia Icon for its beautiful display and well-rounded features, but skip it if you require gobs of storage, are on a budget, or prefer a power user's OS.

February 12, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating February 12, 2014
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Windows 8

Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.

August 15, 2012

4 stars Editors' rating August 15, 2012
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LG Optimus L70

Priced at $50, the LG Optimus L70 is one of the best 4G Android handsets on any prepaid network.

July 28, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating July 28, 2014
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BBM Beta (Windows Phone)

BBM for Windows Phone is just as good as its iOS and Android incarnations, but can't keep up with popular, modern chat apps.

August 12, 2014

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Pinterest (Windows Phone)

Hardly any features mean Pinterest's half-hearted Web app for Windows Phone is not worth your time.

July 10, 2014

1 stars Editors' rating July 10, 2014

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Microsoft Windows 8.1

If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year.

October 17, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating October 17, 2013
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Lenovo Y50 Touch

With the Y50 Touch, Lenovo has created a reasonably priced, not-too-big gaming laptop that doesn't look like a throwback. But the most serious PC gamers may want to hold out for a better display and faster GPU.

August 14, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 14, 2014
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Windows 8.1 Update

With new functionality for the Start button and separate experiences for desktop and tablet users, the Windows 8.1 update finally gives people what they want.

April 2, 2014

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Facebook (Windows Phone 8)

The slick and easy-to-use design makes Facebook for Windows Phone 8 a worthy free download, but the lack of key features will disappoint power users.

July 17, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 17, 2013

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