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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 invests $13M in Android microgaming console GamePop

Samsung continues to float an interest in the largely-uncharted waters of Android games as it invests in BlueStacks' GamePop.

By July 23, 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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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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Hackers nab data on 1.3M Orange telco customers

Europe's fourth-largest telco says no payment info was stolen but warns customers they could be targeted for scams.

By May 7, 2014

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Origin PC EON13-S

Small-screen gaming laptops are rare because they require serious engineering sleight of hand. The EON13-S walks the line between power and portability, but it would be so much cooler with a custom body.

September 11, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating September 11, 2013

MSRP: $2,145.00

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Archos ArcBook

This cheap Android notebook hits a low price point by apparently sacrificing, well, everything.

May 13, 2014

MSRP: $169.99

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Android 4.3 flavors Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra

Sony also promises that the Android 4.3 update is "right around the corner" for the rest of its Xperia lineup.

By December 16, 2013

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Sony Vaio Duo 13

The Sony Vaio Duo 13 is ambitious, but less universally useful than other Windows 8 laptop-tablet hybrids. There may not be a real need for a slider-style PC.

June 12, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 12, 2013

MSRP: $1,399.99