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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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Lenovo Vibe Z

Lenovo's first LTE smartphone comes packed with high-end features, including a 5MP front-facing camera.

January 2, 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 December 16, 2013

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Microsoft Office for iPad (iOS)

The Office for iPad apps are a great middle ground between desktop and smartphone versions, and are a must-have for frequent Office users.

March 27, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating March 27, 2014

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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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Olloclip 4-in-1 iPhone Lens

In addition to wide-angle and fish-eye lenses, the new Olloclip 4-in-1 tacks on two macro lenses for your iPhone.

October 16, 2013

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Sony shrinks Xperia Z1 to 4.3 inches to create Z1F

The Xperia Z1F is a sawed-off version of Sony's waterproof flagship Android smartphone, with a 4.3-inch screen instead of a 5-incher.

By October 10, 2013

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Sony Xperia Z1 shrunk to 4.3 inches in new Xperia Z1F

The Sony Xperia Z1 gets that shrinking feeling with a new, smaller version officially announced in Japan.

By October 10, 2013

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Huawei MediaPad X1

Although the MediaPad X1's software is unquestionably clunky, it still has a lot going for it. If you're struggling to decide between buying a new phone or a new tablet, the X1's 4G LTE capabilities make it a fair compromise.

March 27, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating March 27, 2014