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HTC One Mini 2

With its slick metal body, the HTC One Mini 2 is among the most luxurious compact phones around. HTC, however, has given it a set of specs that put it more alongside the dirt-cheap Moto G than the One M8. This is definitely not the flagship One M8 in a more compact form. If style is of the utmost importance, it's worth checking out, but the Moto G is much better value.

May 26, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 26, 2014
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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G

You'd be hard-pressed to find a phone for the size and price of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G that performs as well as it does.

June 12, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 12, 2014
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Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 S

While it looks exactly the same as the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2, the 2 S sports LTE connectivity and a sharper screen. Find out more.

February 22, 2014

MSRP: $340.00

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Alcatel One Touch Mini S

Need a handset that fits casually in your pocket while delivering LTE speeds? Look no further.

February 22, 2014

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SwiftKey 4 for Android

SwiftKey is, quite simply, the best Android keyboard we've used.

February 20, 2013

5 stars Editors' rating February 20, 2013

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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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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 comes up short in performance, features, and value compared with competing tablets.

February 6, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating February 6, 2013

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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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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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Verizon beefs up Galaxy Note 2 with Android 4.1.2

Samsung's supersized smartphone gets a shot of Android 4.1.2 and a host of other surprises. Plus: a few bug fixes come along for the ride.

By May 3, 2013