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Best tablets of 2014

CNET editors round up their favorite tablets, including products from Apple, Samsung, and Google.

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Asus Memo Pad 7 (ME572C/CL)

Evoking the look of a skinny handbag, the new Asus Memo Pad 7 is the latest and most stylish tablet to bear the name.

September 3, 2014

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LG G Pad 10.1

Run-of-the-mill specs paired with sleek, minimalist designs make the LG G Pads attractive budget buys, but there's little to distinguish them from similarly performing slates in the same price range.

July 25, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 25, 2014
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How to improve battery life on any mobile device

Poor battery life is a problem that affects all mobile users. This guide could help you better understand what is draining your battery.

By August 21, 2014

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Reduce the time it takes to charge your device

This quick and simple tip will help you charge your Android, BlackBerry, iOS, or Windows Phone device faster.

By July 9, 2014

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Dell Venue 7

The Dell Venue 7 offers a simple design and smooth performance for the right price, but the Nexus 7 is a significant upgrade for not much more.

November 15, 2013

3 stars Editors' rating November 15, 2013

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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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Sony Xperia Z1

Sony's flagship Xperia Z1 packs a Full HD display, a quad-core processor, and a whopping 20.7-megapixel camera into a waterproof body and wraps it in an aluminium frame.

September 4, 2013

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Acer Iconia One 7

If you're on tightest of budgets, the Acer Iconia One 7 will meet your needs for very casual use, but don't expect more than that.

July 18, 2014

2.5 stars Editors' rating July 18, 2014
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HTC One M8 Google Play Edition

The HTC One M8 Google Play Edition will fulfill the dreams of Android fanatics seeking to pair top-notch hardware with a Nexus-style KitKat experience, so long as they’re willing to pay a premium.

April 18, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 18, 2014