The 2011 CNET 100: Tech’s Best And Worst Devices, Apps, Ideas

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(Photo by: Apple via CNET.com)

(Photo by: Apple via CNET.com)

Are you finished with your holiday shopping yet? No biggy, we aren’t, either. And we’re not sweating over it, as we know we’ll get it done–we always do. If you’re desperate for suggestions, our friends at CNET put together “ten lists, ten products each” ranging from “devices, apps, and tech ideas–good and bad–that mattered in 2011.”  Find out which ones made the cut!

The 10 lists from the CNET 100 include:

  • The Winners:  The most important tech products of the year that the CNET editors claim will “change the industry and your life,” including the iPad 2, Kindle Fire and Roku LT.
  • The Disappointments: Some products just don’t live up to the hype. The BlackBerry PlayBook had all the great features, but in the end, it was just a big letdown.
  •  The Celebrity Entourage:  From tech luminaries to tech aficionados, CNET polled 10 celebrities of the tech world to see which gadgets they can’t live without, including Steve Wozniak, Craig Newmark, Daniel Ek, Vint Cerf, Linus Torvalds, David Ferrucci and others.
  •  The Forgettables:  Here today, gone tomorrow, some products just didn’t stand a chance. Sorry, Motorola Xoom and Dell Inspiron Duo.
  • The Beautiful Ones:  Some companies pour their heart and soul into creating gorgeous gadgets with sleek lines and supple curves. The iPhone 4S, Sonos Play:3 and Nest Learning Thermostat take home top honors in this category. Best. Apps. Ever:  Angry Birds, Facebook, Words with Friends and  GarageBand are just some of the mobile apps the CNET Editors think should not be missed.
  •  The One-Percenters:  Those that run a hedge fund, Hollywood studio or hit the jackpot recently won’t want to miss out on these high-end gadgets such as the Bang & Olufsen BeoVision 4-85 TV.
  • The Maybe-Next-Years: Technology is always moving forward – except when it isn’t. This list features the products with basic problems that never seem to get addressed.
  • The Ones That Keep Us Up At Night:  Not all tech news is good news, and 2011 saw its share of tech trends (think hackers) that made us want to go back to using a dial-up phone.
  • The Sleeper Hits:  Not every product launches with fanfare. This is the list of products – from laptops to speaker systems to digital cameras that probably didn’t get noticed this year but should have.

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View the complete list of the CNET 100!

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