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This week on gdgt: LG shows there's room for more than one mega-smartphone

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Each week, our friends at gdgt go through the latest gadgets and score them to help you decide which ones to buy. Here are some of their latest picks -- along with a few you should probably avoid. Want more? Visit gdgt anytime to catch up on the latest, and subscribe to gdgt's newsletter to get a weekly roundup in your inbox.

Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro 5.5

Samsung's Galaxy Note II may dominate the "phablet" market, but that doesn't mean it's the only option if you want a giant smartphone. LG's Optimus G Pro 5.5 boasts a super-sharp 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, and great battery life. While it lacks the Note II's stylus, it's still a solid choice if you can find room for it in your pocket or bag.
Buy from $199
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Finepix X20

Fuji FinePix X20

Fuji's X20 is a slightly updated version of the X10 camera, featuring a new sensor and an updated optical viewfinder intended to give you more information -- like exposure data -- when framing your shots. Aside from these tweaks, the X20 retains the same retro styling and lens as the X10. If you already own the X10, there may not be an immediate need to upgrade, but if you've been looking to take a step forward from your point-and-shoot, the retro-styled Fuji X20 won't leave you disappointed.
Buy from $599
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Pure Jongo

Pure Jongo S340B

Small, portable and colorful, the Jongo S340B is a WiFi-enabled speaker that provides 360 degrees of sound, but doesn't do enough to stand out among the competition. Pure's built-in WiFi option allows you to create a multi-room listening experience similar to Sonos, but Pure's smartphone app is restricted to local music, Internet radio and Pure's subscription service, Pure Music. If you want to use the speaker with Rdio or Spotify, you need to switch over to Bluetooth.
Buy from $229
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Drobo 5D

Drobo 5D

It's not cheap, and it lacks an Ethernet jack, but the combination of speed, easy-to-use software, and USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt ports make this a good option for professionals needing a backup solution.
Buy from $775
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Featured gdgt discussion

gdgt member JasonTsay asks: What do you think Google's strategy is with "Nexus" devices going forward? Is it going to be more of a concept than an actual line of phones?

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