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Looking for phones? CNET's reviews of the best phones include photos, video, and user reviews.

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8 of our favorite smartphone highs and lows of 2014

CNET goes over the hits and misses that helped define our year in smartphones.

By December 12, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S

An exceptional screen and a long list of software goodies make the Galaxy Tab S Samsung's best tablet to date and our top Android choice for an entertainment slate.

By June 24, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating June 24, 2014
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The year in six wrists: The most memorable wearables of 2014

What happened in wrist tech across smartwatches and fitness bands this year? A lot, both good and bad. Here are the biggest trends encapsulated in some of the most memorable products we've seen.

By December 12, 2014

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Nexus 9 vs. iPad Air 2

It's the latest from Google and Apple going head-to-head in a big screen tablet battle. Who will be crowned King of the Prizefight Ring?

By November 20, 2014

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MSN consumer apps arrive on Android, iOS, Amazon

Microsoft is continuing its cross-platform push, bringing a number of its MSN-branded consumer apps to devices beyond those running Windows and Windows Phone.

By December 11, 2014

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Google readies souped-up Android for cars

Google is preparing the foundations for a version of its Android operating system that can be built directly into connected cars.

By December 19, 2014

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AirDroid 3 brings one of iOS's best new features to Android

This nifty system connects your Android phone to your computer's desktop so you can answer phone calls and reply to text messages remotely.

By December 18, 2014

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How Android 5.0 lets you get raw for better photos

Programmers have begun unlocking a new feature in Google's new Lollipop mobile OS: the ability to shoot photos in raw format, which adds new flexibility in image quality.

By December 19, 2014

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Samsung still tops in smartphones, but market share plummeting

New data from research firm Gartner shows that Samsung owned 24.4 percent of the smartphone market worldwide in the third quarter, down from 32 percent a year earlier.

By December 15, 2014

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Apple's iOS outshines Android in US mobile Web traffic

iOS mobile traffic has inched up across the US after the iPhone 6's launch in mid-September, while Android traffic has dipped, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

By December 5, 2014