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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

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LG Lucid 3 (Verizon Wireless)

Save for the LG Lucid 3’s disappointing photo quality, the mid-tier device ranks high in its class and is an excellent value on contract.

May 6, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 6, 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
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Meizu MX3 (Ubuntu Edition)

Ubuntu is coming to phones and tablets, and the Meizu MX3 and BQ Aquaris offer a glimpse of what that could be like.

February 24, 2014

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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-X1

Don't call this a phone -- despite its phone-like shape and voice-calling capabilities, the Panasonic insists that it's a slate.

February 24, 2014

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Alcatel One Touch Pop S3

Packing a 4-inch display as well as a quad-core processor is this budget LTE handset from Alcatel that won't break the bank.

February 23, 2014

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PicsArt Photo Studio for iOS

If you're looking for the photo effects app that does it all, PicsArt Photo Studio might be right up your alley, but be warned that it can get a bit overwhelming.

February 13, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating February 13, 2013

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Meizu MX3

The unlocked Meizu MX3 tweaks Android Jelly Bean with an eye for iOS style and unique controls.

February 12, 2014

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Hisense Pulse Pro

The Hisense Pulse Pro runs "Android TV" software and sports a refreshed user interface and an impressive remote.

January 9, 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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