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Moto X (2014) deep-dive review: Android done right -- again

Sometimes, a phone can really surprise you.

Moto 360 review: An elegant smartwatch with exceptional features

My wrist has been attracting an inordinate amount of attention lately.

Chromebook Pixel revisited: 18 months with Google's luxury laptop

When you stop and think about it, it's kind of astonishing how far Chromebooks have come.

Android Power's 3 favorite things for August 2014

This summer's been a wild one for mobile tech launches, and that means it's been a while since I've had a chance to take a deep breath and think about all the interesting little treasures that round out the Android experience.

ThinkPad Yoga 11e review: A hidden Chromebook gem

With its exceptional build quality and outstanding (and flexible) display, Lenovo's new ThinkPad Yoga 11e Chromebook is a meaningful notch above the rest.

Lenovo N20p Chromebook: An affordable dual-mode device

When you think of a Chromebook, you typically think of a keyboard-centric laptop -- but Lenovo's hoping to shake up that mindset with some versatile new devices.

Kyocera Brigadier: An Android phone built for abuse

Do you want a phone that's sleek, svelte and sexy? Or do you want a phone that's able to withstand almost any type of abuse?

Amazon Fire Phone deep-dive review: Two weeks with a weird device

You can now buy almost anything from Amazon -- including a phone made by the retailer itself.

LG G3 deep-dive review: A phone with great specs, but real-world issues

The LG G3 Android smartphone has some impressive features, but during real-world use, problems can emerge.

Android Wear deep-dive review: A smart start to smartwatch software

Google's Android Wear platform is an impressive first step toward making smartwatches people will actually want to buy. Here's an in-depth look at where the software shines -- and where it falls short.

Samsung Gear Live vs. LG G Watch: A real-world evaluation

The LG G Watch vs. Samsung Gear Live may look similar, but the first two Android Wear watches have some meaningful differences.

Samsung Chromebook 2 review: Compelling -- but not without compromise

Samsung's Chromebook 2 has a distinctive design and a roomy 1080p display, but it also has some meaningful drawbacks compared to other devices.

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Galaxy S5 deep-dive review: Long on hype, short on delivery

Samsung's Galaxy S5 Android phone follows a very popular predecessor, but the latest version doesn't stand out in a sea of thoughtfully designed competitors.

HTC One (M8) deep-dive review: Smartphone sophistication made better

HTC is working to bring a sense of luxury to its smartphones -- and with its new HTC One (M8), it's closer than ever to delivering the ultimate high-end device.

5 video editing apps for Android

For a platform with more than a million apps, it sure is difficult to find a decent video editor on Android.

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