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Apple iPad Air 2 (gold, 16GB)

The iPad Air 2 is a nice refinement and finesse of last year's model, with a bevy of tweaks, enhancements, a much faster processor, and the welcome addition of Touch ID. Simply put: it's still the gold standard for tablets.

October 17, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating on October 21, 2014
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Apple iPhone 6 (16GB, space gray)

The iPhone 6 delivers a bigger screen while remaining easy to handle, with plenty of features to satisfy everyone -- and the promise of Apple Pay on the horizon to potentially sweeten the deal even further.

September 10, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on September 16, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy A5

Fully embracing the trend of an all-aluminum unibody design, these inaugural A-series phones seal the deal, along with the battery.

October 30, 2014

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Amazon Fire HD 7 (white, 8GB)

For an inexpensive tablet, the Fire HD 7 satisfies with a practical, family-friendly operating system, but those interested in a 7-inch tablet can find models with better build quality in the same price range.

October 14, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 22, 2014
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Google Nexus 7 (2013)

Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get.

December 23, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating on July 25, 2013

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport (electric blue)

Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport inches ahead of the original S5 by combining identical performance in a slightly more polished package.

August 27, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating on August 5, 2014
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Acer Switch 10

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a budget hybrid that skips the more-common fold-back or button-clasp hinges and instead attaches its screen via a magnetic connection. It shares the same hardware limitations as other small hybrids, but can be easier to use.

April 29, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 1, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active (AT&T - Ruby Red)

Though it's only marginally more durable than the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Active's physical buttons and high-end features keep it in Samsung's hit parade.

June 12, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating on June 6, 2014
3 stars User rating out of 2 reviews
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Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2 (Black)

The Secure Loop design may not be a perfect fit for every ear, but the Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 sounds better than the original and is one top in-ear headphones for less than $200.

October 21, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on October 24, 2014
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Samsung GALAXY S5 Mini (black)

If you've been hoping for a fully-fledged flagship phone with all the bells and whistles of the the other elite mobiles just in a more compact size, prepare to be disappointed. The Galaxy S5 Mini matches the regular S5 in name and looks, but not in specs. If you're after a comfortable to use phone with the Samsung name and enough power for everyday use, it'll suit well. For a true compact flagship, look towards Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact.

July 1, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating on September 11, 2014