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HTC Desire 610

The HTC Desire 610 may be affordable, with an iPhone 5C-style plastic body, but its mediocre specs and poor screen resolution mean it's still not a good buy. For much less money you can grab the 4G Motorola Moto G, which has the same processor, Android KitKat software and a higher resolution display.

July 4, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating July 4, 2014
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HTC One M8 Google Play Edition

The HTC One M8 Google Play Edition will fulfill the dreams of Android fanatics seeking to pair top-notch hardware with a Nexus-style KitKat experience, so long as they’re willing to pay a premium.

April 18, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 18, 2014
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Sony Xperia M2

Although the Sony Xperia M2 looks pretty slick, it's let down by its low resolution display and its old version of Android, which makes even its affordable price way too high. For much less money, you could snap up the Moto G or spend a little more and pick up the older Xperia Z with its full HD display and waterproof design.

July 24, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating July 24, 2014
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HTC Desire 816

The HTC Desire 816's combination of solid design and quality performance strikes all the right chords to make it a compelling phone for its price.

May 7, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 7, 2014
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Nokia XL

Despite having the best specs of Nokia's Android phones, the XL's poor performance and confusing OS denies users Android's full potential and a true Windows Phone experience.

June 30, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating June 30, 2014
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IFTTT (Android)

The popular digital automation service IFTTT comes to Android to do all of your tedious tasks for you.

May 6, 2014

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Nokia X

Bogged down by sluggish performance and a lacklustre UI, the Nokia X only disappoints.

April 29, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating April 29, 2014

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Jolla

While an entirely new operating system for a phone might seem like a dangerous move for Jolla, its support for Android apps means it's already off to a decent start.

November 29, 2013

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PicsArt Photo Studio for iOS

If you're looking for the photo effects app that does it all, PicsArt Photo Studio might be right up your alley, but be warned that it can get a bit overwhelming.

February 13, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating February 13, 2013

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HTC Desire 300

With its low-resolution screen and dual-core processor, the HTC Desire 300 isn't going to impress hardened tech nerds. The promised low price, however, means it could be a good option for those of you on a budget.

September 3, 2013

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