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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.

Jan. 28, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating Jan. 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.

Jan. 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating Jan. 13, 2014

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Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is the best update yet, thanks to its revamped design and modern features, but it lags behind iOS and Android.

Apr. 14, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating Apr. 14, 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.

Sep. 4, 2013

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Sony gives away free movies, music for Xperia Z2, Z1, Z1S

A limited-time promotion sees Sony giving away hundreds of dollars worth of movies, music, and apps for the Xperia Z1, Z1S, and Z2.

By May. 1, 2014

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Lenovo ThinkPad 8

If you’re craving full Windows 8 on a tablet the size of an iPad Mini, and want a great display, the ThinkPad 8 is one of the best we’ve seen...but not by much.

Feb. 28, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating Feb. 28, 2014

MSRP: $399.00

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HP Omni 10

The 10-incher is another moderate Windows 8.1 release in HP's latest lineup of slates.

Sep. 19, 2013

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Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition

The Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition's insanely large size and stratospheric price make the Nexus 5 and Note 3 better options for pure Android power.

Dec. 17, 2013

3.5 stars Editors' rating Dec. 17, 2013

MSRP: $649.00

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Acer Iconia Tab 8 A1-840FHD

The new Iconia 8-inch tablet runs Android KitKat via a quad-core Intel Atom processor, with a Full HD IPS screen on the front.

Jun. 3, 2014

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Windows 8.1 Update

With new functionality for the Start button and separate experiences for desktop and tablet users, the Windows 8.1 update finally gives people what they want.

Apr. 2, 2014

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