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HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition

Unless you need a great deal on earbuds, there’s no reason to buy the HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition.

May. 13, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating May. 13, 2014
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As National Parks issue drone bans, some states fall in line

Park rangers say unmanned aerial vehicles have disturbed wildlife across the country's public lands and waterways, including the bighorn sheep of Zion, seals in Monterey Bay, and peregrine falcons in Yosemite.

By Jul. 1, 2014

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HTC One M8

Elegant style, raw power, and sophisticated features make the HTC One M8 an excellent smartphone choice for anyone but the most exacting photographer.

Mar. 25, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating Mar. 25, 2014
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National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite

As a phone, the National Geographic Talk Abroad Lite is weak, flimsy, and lacks essentials. However, as an emergency travel phone, its light, simple, and affordable build could do the trick for some.

May. 2, 2012

3 stars Editors' rating May. 2, 2012

MSRP: $59.00

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Sony Bloggie MHS-CM5 (Violet)

The Bloggie CM5 isn't as compact as competing models from Flip Video and Kodak, but it delivers an above-average feature set and video for the money.

Feb. 2, 2010

3.5 stars Editors' rating Feb. 2, 2010
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National Geographic Xplorer (Samsung B2100)

Globe-trotters seeking a ready-made travel solution will appreciate the Xplorer's convenient Talk Abroad SIM. However, mounting expenses for a basic rugged handset will turn away existing GSM phone owners.

Apr. 27, 2011

3 stars Editors' rating Apr. 27, 2011

MSRP: $199.99

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Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator Headphones

The style-savvy Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator headphones earn our recommendation for balancing a unique thematic design with exceptional clarity in spite of a slightly passive low-end response.

Apr. 24, 2011

3.5 stars Editors' rating Apr. 24, 2011
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HTC Desire 610

The HTC Desire 610 may be affordable, with an iPhone 5C-style plastic body, but its mediocre specs and poor screen resolution mean it's still not a good buy. For much less money you can grab the 4G Motorola Moto G, which has the same processor, Android KitKat software and a higher resolution display.

Jul. 4, 2014

3 stars Editors' rating Jul. 4, 2014

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iPhone 5S' camera praised by National Geographic photog

Photographer for the magazine -- famous for its dramatic covers -- gives high praise to the 5S' camera, ditching a Nikon in the process.

By Oct. 7, 2013

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HTC One Mini 2

With its slick metal body, the HTC One Mini 2 is among the most luxurious compact phones around. HTC, however, has given it a set of specs that put it more alongside the dirt-cheap Moto G than the One M8. This is definitely not the flagship One M8 in a more compact form. If style is of the utmost importance, it's worth checking out, but the Moto G is much better value.

May. 26, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating May. 26, 2014

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