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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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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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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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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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Google's Android One initiative launches in India with three $100 phones

The search giant's plan for conquering the cost-conscious hardware space bears fruit with three new devices -- Spice, Micromax, and Karbonn -- from India-based handset makers.

By September 15, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is Sony's latest mini phone that packs the same top-end tech as its flagship brother.

September 3, 2014

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Canon PowerShot N2

The Wi-Fi-enabled ultracompact gets the screen it should have had the first time around, not to me ntion other feature tweaks.

September 15, 2014

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Google to encrypt data on new version of Android by default

Encryption has been optional since 2011, but Android L, due out later this year, will include activation procedures for automatic encryption.

By September 18, 2014

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Leaked photo shows HTC One Mini 2 in three colors

Phone will debut in gray, gold, and silver and will offer different camera tech than the dual lenses on the M8's back, according to the alleged photo.

By May 5, 2014