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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 4 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a smooth-performing midrange slate, but it's overpriced compared to similar tablets.

June 10, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 10, 2014
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Lenovo ThinkPad 8

If you’re craving full Windows 8 on a tablet the size of an iPad Mini, and want a great display, the ThinkPad 8 is one of the best we’ve seen...but not by much.

February 28, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating February 28, 2014
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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.

January 28, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating January 28, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1S

The Xperia Z1S is the most impressive smartphone Sony has ever sold on any carrier, but an inferior screen makes Samsung's Galaxy handsets better deals.

January 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 13, 2014
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Pandora (Windows Phone 8)

Pandora's easy-to-use interface and massive music library make the app a must-download for music fans with Windows phones.

July 22, 2013

5 stars Editors' rating July 22, 2013

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Facebook (Windows Phone 8)

The slick and easy-to-use design makes Facebook for Windows Phone 8 a worthy free download, but the lack of key features will disappoint power users.

July 17, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 17, 2013

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Windows Phone 8 Update 3

Microsoft's operating system makes Windows Phone phablets a reality with a new interface fitted for humongous screens, and support for quad-core CPUs.

October 14, 2013

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Sony FMP-X10 4K Ultra HD Media Player

The FMP-X10 is Sony's second-generation 4K media player, equipped with a 1TB hard drive, access to hundreds of 4K movies, and Netflix's 4K streaming service. It will debut in July for $699, although customers who pre-order can save $200.

April 16, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4-inch)

With its slim design, fantastic screen, and oodles of power, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a superb smaller tablet, and a worthy competitor to the ever-popular iPad Mini.

July 30, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating July 30, 2014