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Motorola Moto X (2014)

The Motorola Moto X hits all the right notes, delivering stock Android inside a powerful high-end handset that you can customize yourself.

September 18, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating September 18, 2014
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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.

April 7, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 7, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy Alpha

If you love the high-end tech Samsung crams into its phones but hate the plastic bodies, the Galaxy Alpha may well be the phone for you. Its processor and camera perform brilliantly, while its compact 4.7-inch size makes it very comfortable to hold and use in one hand. Its low-resolution display is a big letdown, though, especially when you consider the high price of the phone, which does take the shine off an otherwise brilliant phone.

September 12, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating September 12, 2014

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HTC One M8

Elegant style, raw power, and sophisticated features make the HTC One M8 an excellent smartphone choice for anyone but the most exacting photographer.

March 25, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating March 25, 2014
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Sony Xperia Z2

Sure, it costs a bundle, but the Sony Xperia Z2 is everything you should expect from a top-end phone. Its impressive performance rivals the Samsung Galaxy S5 for smartphone top dog, but the Z2's slick glass and metal design trumps the S5's plastic body. If you're looking for both style and substance from a phone, you've come to the right place.

April 14, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 14, 2014
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Best tablets under $250

CNET's top five Android tablets that can be had for less than $250.

By September 19, 2014

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Google Nexus 7 (summer 2013)

Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get.

July 25, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating July 25, 2013
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Though its plastic skin doesn't do its high price justice, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 makes the most compelling case yet for a supersize phone.

October 1, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating October 1, 2013
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How Android Wear could come to the iPhone

Commentary: The Apple Watch may be the device that Apple plans as an accessory for its phone users. But companies selling Android Wear would still want iPhone customers, and some iPhone owners might want Android Wear.

By September 20, 2014

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HTC One M8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5

It's the smartphone slug fest you've been waiting for. The HTC One (M8) takes on Samsung's Galaxy S5 to see who reigns supreme in the Prizefight ring!

By April 16, 2014