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Sony Xperia Z3

The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's most formidable to date with a formidable display and promising features that easily give Android competition from HTC, LG and Samsung a run for their money.

September 30, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating September 30, 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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LG G3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5

It's an epic Prizefight between two of the top Android phones on the market that brought big screens before the iPhone did. Can LG take down the Samsung Galaxy S5 and claim victory as King of the Prizefight ring?

By September 29, 2014

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Vizio E0i-B series

With picture quality that outdoes that of numerous more-expensive TVs, Vizio's E series likely represents the best value of 2014.

May 28, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating May 28, 2014
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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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Parrot Zik 2.0

Parrot's second-generation Zik weighs significantly less, offers better sound quality and noise-cancelling, and is loaded with features that are customizable via new apps for Android and iOS devices (and Windows devices in the future).

September 29, 2014

MSRP: $399.00

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is one of the best compact Android phones around

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact packs a great camera, decent battery and tonnes of power into an attractive, waterproof and easily pocketable body. Check out our video review.

By October 2, 2014

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Get a Logitech Z313 2.1-channel speaker system for $29

This refurbished three-piece system will vastly improve your desktop audio -- but consider it for a small TV, too.

By September 17, 2014

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HTC One M8 for Windows Phone

While its camera isn't best-in-class and Windows Phone's underwhelming app selection still stings, the elegant and sophisticated HTC One M8 is an enticing alternative to Nokia models.

August 25, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 25, 2014
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FIFA 15 (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3)

FIFA 15 is easily the most realistic soccer game out there, even if it at times feels a bit over-the-top.

September 24, 2014