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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.

April 14, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 14, 2014
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Destiny (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)

Destiny is a victim of the hype machine created around it. It's a refined console shooter that feels great during the action, but goes stale during just about every other component of the game.

September 15, 2014

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Google Nexus 7 (summer 2013)

Thanks to its stellar performance and affordable price, the Nexus 7 is the Android tablet to get.

July 25, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating July 25, 2013
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Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Though its plastic skin doesn't do its high price justice, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 makes the most compelling case yet for a supersize phone.

October 1, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating October 1, 2013
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Apple iPad Air

Functionally, the iPad Air is nearly identical to last year’s model, offering only faster performance and better video chatting. But factor in design and aesthetics, and the iPad Air is on another planet. It’s the best full-size consumer tablet on the market.

October 29, 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating October 29, 2013
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Sony Xperia Z3

The Sony Xperia Z3 has a beautiful, waterproof design, a 20.7-megapixel camera and can act as a display for your PS4.

September 3, 2014

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Google Nexus 5

Strong performance, high-end specs, and an ultra-affordable price make the Google Nexus 5 not just the best unlocked phone on the market, but the best Nexus phone by far.

November 1, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating November 1, 2013
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0

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

June 10, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 10, 2014
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Samsung Galaxy S4

Its laundry list of features require time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.

April 23, 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 23, 2013
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OnePlus One

Though it's one of this year's better Android phones on paper, the OnePlus One isn't for everyone, nor is it readily available.

May 27, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 27, 2014