The Best Gadgets

“What gadget should I get?” is a timeless question. To answer it, here’s our current leaderboard of favourite gadgets, including smartphones, laptops and cameras – updated with the latest and greatest of the whole year.
We know you don’t want to blow that pay on merely the shiniest, or simply the newest. So we’ve considered a balance of price, features, reliability – and above all, quality – to make sure you’re choosing a gadget that isn’t just great, but one that’s sensible. We’ve updated our roster of Giz-approved gadgets, and below, you’ll find these picks – the best tech tools 2010 has to offer.

The Best Smartphones

We can geek out all we want, but the best way to choose is a phone is not just by the hardware or the OS, but the phone and the carrier. Here’s the smartphone to pick… for now.
Apple iPhone 4 (June 7, 2010) And for those of you who want to venture into Windows Phone 7 turf, we now recommend the Samsung Focus (October 20, 2010).
HTC Evo (June 3, 2010)
• The Nexus S has finally dethroned its predecessor, the Nexus G2 (unless you still want a keyboard). (December 10, 2010)
HTC Incredible (April 19, 2010)

The Best Computers

Best Laptop: 15-inch i7 MacBook Pro, (April 13, 2010) high-res matte screen, or if you go PC, the Toshiba Portégé R700… a 1.4kg Core i5 (June 21, 2010)
Best Netbook: This market is commoditised, just buy something on this list or an iPad. (April 7, 2010)
Best Ultraportable: MacBook Air 11-inch (November 1, 2010) We’ve also added the Sony VAIO Z to our list, if you’re seeking a super slim Windows machine. (November 24, 2010)
Best 3D Laptop: Asus’ G51Jx 3DE beat out the competition, and has a built-in IR emitter. (October 7, 2010)
Best Processors: Decide your budget, THEN pick a processor from this list. (April 9, 2010)

Best Desktop Graphics Cards: We’ve knocked off the ATI HD 5970 chipset in favor of the Fermi-packing Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 (Nov 9, 2010). Otherwise, decide your budget, THEN pick the card from this list.
Best Mobile Graphics: Anything with Nvidia’s GeForce 400M series will have serious gaming muscle (Sep 3, 2010).
Best Motherboard: The Asus Rampage III Extreme barely edged out the competition in our new motherboard roundup.
Best Router: The Netgear RangeMax V1 emerged victorious from the Ultimate Router Battle. (Oct 28, 2010)
Best SSD: Kingston’s SNV425-S2 64GB drive stood out by delivering blazing performance on the (relative) cheap. (Sep 1, 2010)

The Best Tablets

• Best Tablet: Apple iPad (April 7, 2010)
• Best eReader: Goodbye, Kindle DX. Hello, Amazon Kindle 3 (July 28, 2010)
• Android Tablet: Barnes & Noble Nook Color (Nov 16, 2010)

The Best Cameras

Best Budget dSLR: Canon T2i (May 19, 2010)
Best Midrange dSLR: Canon 7D (Nov 10, 2009)
Best ‘Spensive dSLR: Nikon D3s (1D Mark IV if you’re shooting more video) (Feb 26, 2010)
Best Point and Shoot: Canon S95
Best Pocket Camcorder: Flip Ultra HD, but only if you don’t already have an iPhone 4. Otherwise, your smartphone’s capturing better video than Flip’s dedicated device—give your pockets some extra space. (Nov 17, 2009)
Best Phone Camera: iPhone 4 (June 7, 2010)
Best Waterproof Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 (Jan 26, 2010)
Best Helmet/Sports Camera: GoPro Hero HD and ContourHD Surfboard Mount (Nov 4, 2009)
Best Camera Lenses: We’re adding our roundup of well-priced, excellently performing lenses to the list, for those of you looking for an upgrade. (Dec 6, 2010)

The Best Home Theatre and AV Gear

Best 3DTV: Panasonic’s TC-P50VT20 topped the pile in our three-way shootout. (Mar 25, 2010)
Best Budget TV: We’ve added Vizio’s XVT3SV series to our list of very favorite things. (Dec 9, 2010)
Best Blu-ray Player: LG BD570 or PS3 (May 13, 2010)
Best Receiver: Pioneer VSX-1020-K (Mar 4, 2010)
Best Game Console: Xbox 360 (Jun 14, 2010)
Best Media Extender: Now taking claiming the title as champion video streamer is Sony’s diminutive, underrated almost to the point of nonexistence NetBox. Give it a shot. (Aug 25, 2010)

Best MP3 Player: Apple’s newest iPod touch is on top of the top.
Best Speakers: High quality sound doesn’t need to cost a fortune—turns out there’s a lot of great audio gear out there for less than $US2000. Audioengine’s A5 speakers are $US350 a pair, but pack serious sonic punch – and they’re self-powered. Check out the rest of the roundup if you’re looking to splurge a little more. (Sep 16, 2010)
Best Headphones: We’re finally recommending an official pick for cans, Bowers & Wilkins P5s – and they’re a doozy. As our Joe Brown says, they are, in a word, “DOPE”. (March 22, 2010)
Best Home Audio Streaming: We’ve added the dreamy Sonos system to our end of year list – read Brian’s lifechanger-status writeup and you’ll understand why. (Nov 26, 2010).

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