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The 20 Most Innovative Products of the Year

At a Glance

Standout LCD plus good optic and image quality, but there's no LCD status display and lens options are limited.

Price when rated: $1,000

Pros

  • LCD screen can be used as a viewfinder
  • Unlimited continuous shooting

Cons

  • Rear-mounted LCD can be distracting
  • Limited lens selection
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Gargantuan drive offers record-high storage capacity thanks to perpendicular recording, and has top-notch write performance.

Price when rated: $124.00
Lowest price: $97.00 via ALLHDD

Pros

  • Gargantuan drive

Cons

  • Expensive
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Pros

  • XM radio receiver and an MP3 player
  • Small form factor

Cons

  • Audio quality mediocre at high volume
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At a Glance

This sleek cell phone adds a serviceable camera and multimedia features to BlackBerry's already terrific e-mail capabilities.

Pros

  • Stellar messaging capabilities
  • Adds a camera

Cons

  • Lacks a full QWERTY keyboard
  • Keys can be difficult to press
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At a Glance

This super-sleek Windows Mobile hybrid is optimized for messaging, e-mail, and multimedia.

Pros

  • Super-slim design
  • Excellent talk-time battery life

Cons

  • Lacks applications for editing files
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Price when rated: $290.00

Pros

  • Innovative controller
  • Lets you download games from old consoles

Cons

  • No music CD or DVD movie playback
  • Graphics not as good as those on PS3 or Xbox 360
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Pros

  • Great new features
  • Powerful file format

Cons

  • Inevitable learning curve
  • Expensive
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At a Glance

The upgrade to Windows Mobile 6 adds support for Microsoft's productivity applications.

Pros

  • First phone to offer Windows Mobile 6
  • Svelte design

Cons

  • Lacks applications for editing files
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