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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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SwiftKey 4 for Android

SwiftKey is, quite simply, the best Android keyboard we've used.

February 20, 2013

5 stars Editors' rating February 20, 2013

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Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

At an event in San Francisco, Google today unveiled the next version of Android, and while it doesn't appear to be a major departure from the last, it does bring its share of improvements, including mult-user restricted profiles.

July 24, 2013

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HTC Desire 300

With its low-resolution screen and dual-core processor, the HTC Desire 300 isn't going to impress hardened tech nerds. The promised low price, however, means it could be a good option for those of you on a budget.

September 3, 2013

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (black)

While it doesn't offer much to distinguish itself from other Android tablets, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a decent 7-inch tablet at an affordable price.

August 29, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 29, 2014

MSRP: $199.00

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Toshiba Excite 2 (7 inch)

The discount device runs Android 4.4 KitKat and has plenty of expandable storage.

May 27, 2014

MSRP: $109.99

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4-inch)

With its slim design, fantastic screen, and oodles of power, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is a superb smaller tablet, and a worthy competitor to the ever-popular iPad Mini.

July 30, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating July 30, 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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LibreOffice 4.3 (PC)

LibreOffice is a great office suite, but it can't compete with modern apps that offer strong compatibility with Microsoft Office, and also work on mobile devices and the Web.

August 18, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 18, 2014

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Xiaomi Mi 3

Xiaomi's Mi 3 is a showcase of how Chinese phonemakers can create quality hardware without breaking the bank. If you don't need 4G LTE, and you can get hold of it, this is one of the best smartphones you can buy in its price range.

June 10, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 10, 2014

MSRP: $465.00