'Cool Stuff' 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Check out the best tablets, smartphones, HDTVs and other tech gifts to give and get this year.

Cool Stuff Holiday Gift Guide

Computerworld polled its readers to find out what types of tech gear they wanted to receive for the holidays. While most responses were the same as last year's -- HDTVs, e-readers, laptops and smartphones still top the list -- there was one significant (but not surprising) change: netbooks were pushed aside by tablets. Let's take a look.

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The iPad

Apple's iPad is a revolutionary mobile device that would be a welcome gift for almost any recipient.

The Galaxy Tab

If you're a fan of the Android OS, or if you just want a smaller, lighter tablet than the iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab is a great way to go.

The iPhone

Apple's iPhone 4 is one of the most popular smartphones out there because of its great features and cool design.

Samsung Epic 4G

A superior display, comfortable hard keypad and front- and back-facing cameras make Samsung's Epic 4G an excellent smartphone choice.

HTC myTouch 4G

Motorola Droid X

With its sharp, large display, Motorola's Droid X works well as a multimedia device -- and it's a good phone, too.

Amazon Kindle 3G

Amazon's Kindle 3G still ranks as one of the best and most convenient ways to take your library with you.

Barnes & Noble NookColor

Barnes & Noble's NookColor bucks the E Ink trend and delivers a bright, readable and colorful e-reading experience.

Sony Reader Pocket Edition

The Sony Reader Pocket Edition is a sleek, sophisticated and lightweight e-reader that is perfect for the literate traveler.

Apple MacBook Air

Faster and slimmer than ever, Apple's new MacBook Airs set the standard for ultraportable computing.

Acer Aspire TimelineX

While not as svelte or as light as the MacBook Air, the Acer Aspire TimelineX packs a lot of power in a tiny package.

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple's 15-in. MacBook Pro delivers great graphics and impressive performance in a midsize, middleweight package.

Sony Vaio EA Series

With a stylish look and excellent usability, the Sony Vaio EA Series is a great midsize machine for computing at home and on the go.

Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro

Watching HD video and other multimedia files is a joy on the 17-in. Apple MacBook Pro's large, eye-pleasing display.

HP Envy 17

Choose the HP Envy 17's high-resolution display and Blu-ray player options for the ultimate mobile HD video watching experience.

Samsung LN46C650

Top-notch image quality, solid Web features and competitive pricing combine to make the 46-inch Samsung LN46C650 an excellent choice among today's LCD HDTVs.


With full-array LED backlighting, rich colors and excellent customization options, the 55-inch Vizio XVT553SV TruLED LCD HDTV packs a punch at a reasonable price.

Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT25

3D capabilities are merely icing on the cake for the superb Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT25 50-inch plasma TV.

Roku XD|S

Offering full 1080p HD video, an enhanced remote and dual-band wireless technology, the Roku XD|S streaming media player is a great gift for video enthusiasts.

Flip UltraHD 8GB

The Flip UltraHD 8GB from Cisco provides a remarkably easy way to capture high-quality HD video.


If you're having trouble staying in shape, the wearable Fitbit can be an excellent motivator, tracking the steps you take, the distance you travel and the intensity of your movement -- not to mention the quality of your sleep.

MiCorder Digital MP3 Recorder

The MiCorder Digital MP3 Recorder offers a super-simple way to convert music from any format to MP3.

Mobi Headphonies

Tiny Mobi Headphonies speakers make your smartphones and media players sound good and look good too.

MoGo Talk XD for iPhone

The MoGo Talk XD for iPhone is a Bluetooth headset that gets stored right in the accompanying phone case -- perfect for friends who are prone to mislaying their gadgets.

Aliph Jawbone Icon Bluetooth headset

Aliph's Jawbone Icon Bluetooth headset offers good sound quality, convenient design and fun features all in one fashionable package.

ThinkGeek tees

These ThinkGeek tees, most available in men's and women's styles, celebrate techies from Ada Lovelace to the geek inside all of us.

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard

The spiffy-looking Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard stays charged without the hassle of connecting a USB cable or swapping out batteries.


GelaSkins let you decorate your tech devices in a variety of beautiful or bizarre images -- or you can create your own.

ThermaPak HeatShift Laptop Cooler

Filled with salt crystals, ThermaPak's HeatShift Laptop Cooler keeps a laptop's heat away from delicate skin.

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