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Top 10 gadgets of 2010

Our pick of the smartest and the most stylish gadgets launched last year

Top 10 gadgets of 2010
Samsung Galaxy S smartphone: Part of the Android boom sweeping the mobile world, Samsung found a hit in the high-end \nsmartphone category with its Galaxy S handset. Billed as a competitor to Apple's iPhone, the handset runs on Google's \nflagship mobile operating platform and boasts a sleek high-resolution 4 inch touch screen, a powerful processor and a 5 megapixel camera with HD video capture (Text: Reuters/ Images: Getty)
Top 10 gadgets of 2010
Apple Ipad: The iPad has resurrected the market for tablet computers since its introduction in January, combining the mobility of a smartphone with the speed of a laptop. The 9.7 inch touch-screen device is a little smaller than a regular \nnotebook computer and is designed for surfing the Web, watching movies and reading. In addition to running thousands of third-party apps made specifically for the device, the iPad also supports most of the 300,000 apps designed for iPhone and \niTouch (Text: Reuters/ Images: Getty)
Top 10 gadgets of 2010
Nook color: Barnes & Noble unveiled the latest iteration of its Nook e-reader, which features a 7 inch color touch screen, Wi-Fi browsing and plenty of extras. Readers can store up to 8GB worth of material on the device and choose from more than 2 \nmillion titles and an array of magazines and newspapers in the Barnes & Noble Nookbook store. Heap on top of that support for PDF and Word documents, audio and MP3 playback and some video formats and you have an e-reader packed with some of the powers of a tablet (Text: Reuters/ Images: Getty)
Top 10 gadgets of 2010
Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360: This controller-free gaming system plugs into Microsoft's Xbox gaming console and allows users to control movements on-screen simply by using gestures and voice commands. Like Nintendo's Wii and Sony's Move motion-sensing game systems, Kinect is aimed at average players instead of hardcore gamers. The system comes with one set of games called "Kinect Adventures", scenarios where players navigate courses on fast-flowing rivers, underwater and in space. \nOther available titles include Kinect Sports, Dance Masters and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I (Text: Reuters/ \nImages: Getty)
Top 10 gadgets of 2010
Boxee Box by D-Link: The Boxee Box joins the growing list of devices designed to bring the power and entertainment of Web to your TV (hello Apple TV, Google TV and Roku). Easy setup, a slick user interface and a dual-sided remote that includes a QWERTY keyboard for searching content have all drawn praise in early reviews, and Boxee promises to beef up its movie and TV content with access to Hulu Plus and Netflix soon. The device, built by network and harddrive manufacturer D-Link, comes equipped with a variety of apps out of the box, ranging from YouTube to Flickr to Pandora's music streaming service (Text: \nReuters/ Images: www.dlink.com)
Top 10 gadgets of 2010
11-inch MacBook Air: Apple's thinnest, lightest Mac laptop yet fuses features from its popular iPhone and iPad with its \ntraditional line of personal computers. Utilizing flash storage like the iPad rather than hard drives like conventional \ncomputers, it can power up almost instantly from standby mode and store data twice as quickly as a standard hard drive. Apple will also bring a version of its mobile applications store to the Mac, meaning users can load up the laptop with iPad \nfeatures (Text: Reuters/ Images: Getty)
Top 10 gadgets of 2010
Dell Inspiron Duo: For those who can't decide between buying a notebook or a tablet, there's a new option in town: the Dell Inspiron Duo. The new 10-inch touchscreen looks and runs like a portable tablet but can also be popped into a laptop shell and used like a traditional notebook. Inside, the hybrid sports a dual-core Atom processor and runs Windows 7 premium \n(Text: Reuters/ Images: ITP images)
Top 10 gadgets of 2010
Google Nexus One: For those who can't decide between buying a notebook or a tablet, there's a new option in town: the Dell Inspiron Duo. The new 10 inch touchscreen looks and runs like a portable tablet but can also be popped into a laptop shell and used like a traditional notebook. Inside, the hybrid sports a dual-core Atom processor and runs Windows 7 premium (Text: \nReuters/ Images: Getty)
Top 10 gadgets of 2010
Canon PowerShot S95: As point-and-shoot compact digital cameras go, few are as well-loved as Canon's PowerShot S series. \nThe S95, the company's latest update in the line, is no exception. The combination of low-light performance and a full manual set of features with its portable, compact size has been a big draw for average consumers as well as more seasoned photographers looking for a smaller option for casual shooting (Text: www.dlink.com/ Images: www.canon-europe.com)
Top 10 gadgets of 2010
Panasonic Viera 3D HDTV: Judging by the amount of hype surrounding 3D TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas \nlast January, 2010 seemed destined to be a year in which consumers openly embraced the technology. Panasonic, Sony, Samsung \nand Sharp all unveiled 3D capable sets this year, but sky-high prices and a lack of available content have made it a tough sell with consumers. Panasonic's flagship Viera 3D HDTV stands as one of the most talked about plasma models released this \nyear, drawing positive reviews of its 3D and overall picture quality. It also includes 3D glasses and gives viewers the \noption of switching back to 2D (Text: Reuters/ Images: www2.panasonic.com)