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Both and and but are coordinating conjunctions and used to connect the following criticize and advocate.

Experts criticize the exclusive use of device X and/but advocate the use of its alternatives such as device Y.

Which one is more appropriate?

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In that example, there is no opposition between the two statements, so "and" should be used.

This is an example that would call for "but":

Some experts criticize the exclusive use of device X, but some others think it is acceptable.

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