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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.

Jan. 28, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating Jan. 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.

Jan. 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating Jan. 13, 2014

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Sony gives away free movies, music for Xperia Z2, Z1, Z1S

A limited-time promotion sees Sony giving away hundreds of dollars worth of movies, music, and apps for the Xperia Z1, Z1S, and Z2.

By May. 1, 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.

Apr. 14, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating Apr. 14, 2014
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Sony Xperia Z2 'high demand' pushes general sale date into May

Sony can't meet demand for its new 4K-shooting flagship phone -- while preorders should go out in April, the general public won't see the Z2 until May.

By Mar. 27, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet

While the battery is a concern, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is still a good-looking slate that's loaded with more than enough power for anything you're likely to throw at it. It's a good choice if you're looking for a more affordable iPad alternative with 4G LTE -- particularly if you've ever lost a gadget through water damage.

Apr. 1, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating Apr. 1, 2014
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Sony Xperia Z2 UK price and release date revealed

Sony's Xperia Z2 will be on sale on 1 April, for £544.98. Plus you get a load of freebies thrown in for good measure.

By Feb. 27, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

As with the original flagship, Samsung is counting on the midrange phone's fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor, and extra apps to stand out.

Jul. 1, 2014

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Amazon Music (Android)

Amazon Music is fine for Prime customers, but serious music lovers will want more.

Jun. 26, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating Jun. 26, 2014

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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 Dec. 16, 2013