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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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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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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.

January 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 13, 2014

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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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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 December 16, 2013

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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 M2 is a sleek, affordable 4.8-inch Android phone

Check out our video review of the Sony Xperia M2. It's an affordable Android phone with a 4.8-inch display, quad-core processor and 8-megapixel camera.

By July 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.

January 2, 2014

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Anker USB 24W / 2.4A + 2.4A (4.8A max) Car Charger

If you find it at a discount, the Anker 24W USB charger is an excellent option for powering multiple smartphones or tablets while on the road.

October 18, 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating October 18, 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