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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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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 Dec. 16, 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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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.

Feb. 24, 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.

Jan. 2, 2014

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Amazon Music (Android)

Amazon Music is fine for Prime customers, but serious music lovers will want more.

Jun. 26, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating Jun. 26, 2014

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Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1

With its aluminium body, high-quality digital audio amplifier, and ability to play lossless audio files, the Sony NWZ-Z10 is an MP3 player for the dedicated audiophile that demands top-quality sound.

Jan. 20, 2014

MSRP: $549.00

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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