Libby plummer, re­views edi­tor

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Fol­low­ing the re­cent in­flux of flag­ship An­droid phones, it’s time to re­flect and take stock. There is rarely such a thing as a bad smart­phone any­more, with the gap be­tween iOS and An­droid fi­nally be­ing closed and Win­dows Phone ap­proach­ing brazenly in the rear-view mir­ror. Ev­ery man­u­fac­turer has pretty much nailed the fast pro­ces­sor/crisp screen/great cam­era com­bi­na­tion, so it’s tough for a phone to stand out in such a sea of suc­cess. But a choice does have to be made. Map out the pros and cons of the lat­est An­droid phones, though, and there’s still very lit­tle to di­vide the Galaxy S5 and One M8. The for­mer is packed full of cut­ting-edge fea­tures, the lat­ter is beau­ti­ful and highly ca­pa­ble; we’re di­vided. The Xpe­ria Z2 cer­tainly picks up bronze, though. Ap­ple and Nokia, mean­while, hold strong, if age­ing, hands, with the prom­ise of even stronger ones to come later this year.

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