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Best tablets of 2014

CNET editors round up their favorite tablets, including products from Apple, Samsung, and Google.

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Acer Iconia A1-810

The Acer Iconia A1-810 goes low on price, but the Google Nexus 7 costs about the same and is still the tablet to get with its sharper screen and more comfortable build.

July 1, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating July 1, 2013
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Toshiba Excite 2 (7 inch)

The discount device runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has plenty of expandable storage.

May 27, 2014

MSRP: $109.99

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Archos ArcBook

This cheap Android notebook hits a low price point by apparently sacrificing, well, everything.

May 13, 2014

MSRP: $169.99

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Huawei MediaPad X1

Although the MediaPad X1's software is unquestionably clunky, it still has a lot going for it. If you're struggling to decide between buying a new phone or a new tablet, the X1's 4G LTE capabilities make it a fair compromise.

March 27, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating March 27, 2014
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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1

Don't call this a phone -- despite its phone-like shape and voice-calling capabilities, the Panasonic insists that it's a slate.

February 24, 2014

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Samsung Gear 2

Samsung officially drops Android from its second-generation smartwatch in order to pursue its own Tizen OS.

By February 24, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.

January 28, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating January 28, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1S

The Xperia Z1S is the most impressive smartphone Sony has ever sold on any carrier, but an inferior screen makes Samsung's Galaxy handsets better deals.

January 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 13, 2014

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Anker USB 24W / 2.4A + 2.4A (4.8A max) Car Charger

If you find it at a discount, the Anker 24W USB charger is an excellent option for powering multiple smartphones or tablets while on the road.

October 18, 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating October 18, 2013
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Fieldrunners 2 for Android

New maps and weapons make Fieldrunners 2 even better than the original.

April 26, 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 26, 2013

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