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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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Android 4.4 KitKat is now available for the Nexus 4

Hit the update button now, Nexus 4 owners -- Android 4.4 KitKat is ready and waiting for you.

By November 24, 2013

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Nexus 4 Android 4.4 KitKat update reportedly rolling out

Google's 2012 flagship phone is being updated to Android 4.4 KitKat today, according to some users on Twitter and Android fan forums.

By November 20, 2013

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Android 4.4 KitKat starts to flavor Nexus 4

The 238MB update furthers Google's strategy to get high-end and low-end devices on the latest OS.

By November 20, 2013

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Google Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat brings Android to the masses, introduces a minimal design, and puts Google search in your dialer.

November 4, 2013

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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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Android 4.4 KitKat bites off 13% of Android devices

Still, fragmentation remains a thorn in the side of Android, especially compared with the relative ease of Apple's iOS updates.

By June 5, 2014

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Android 4.4 KitKat gobbles 5% of all Android devices

The latest flavor of Android is slowly eating up more Android devices, according to the latest stats from Google.

By April 2, 2014