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Best tablets of 2014

CNET editors round up their favorite tablets, including products from Apple, Samsung, and Google.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a smooth-performing midrange slate, but it's overpriced compared to similar tablets.

June 10, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 10, 2014
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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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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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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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Nokia Lumia 525

The Nokia Lumia 525, the successor to the popular Lumia 520, delivers entry-level features in a no-frills design. CNET Asia takes a closer look.

November 27, 2013

MSRP: $180.00

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Huawei MediaPad X1

Although the MediaPad X1's software is unquestionably clunky, it still has a lot going for it. If you're struggling to decide between buying a new phone or a new tablet, the X1's 4G LTE capabilities make it a fair compromise.

March 27, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating March 27, 2014
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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.

January 28, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating January 28, 2014
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NHL 15 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4)

Overall, NHL 15 is a bittersweet event. It regularly exudes shades of brilliance and heightened moments of action that truly captures the best parts of hockey. But alas, it's soiled by a harsh truth: NHL 15 is missing an awful lot of features.

September 9, 2014

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HTC One E8

The One E8 offers the high-end HTC experience in glossy colors and a plastic case, but without a unique selling point, there's little reason to buy this expensive device.

August 12, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 12, 2014