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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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Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 (64GB, Wi-Fi)

Impressive Amazon features and an outstanding display make the the Fire HDX 8.9 one of the best and most affordable media consumption tablets.

September 25, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on 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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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 (8-inch, white)

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

April 20, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 10, 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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Acer Aspire Switch 10 (64 GB)

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.

July 6, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 1, 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
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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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HTC One M8 for Windows (16GB)

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 12, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating on August 25, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

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.

May 30, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating on June 6, 2014

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