Gadgets for the Post-PC Era

A slideshow highlighting some of the niftiest gadgets to come along. Will these mean the end of the personal computer as we know it?

Barnes & Noble's Nook Color E-Reader

The next generation of Barnes & Noble's e-reader, the color Nook, was a draw during the holidays.

Apple iPad

Apple's iPad, introduced to great fanfare, is the bigger sibling to the iPod Touch.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Galaxy Tab is smaller than Apple's iPad, but is designed for many of the same uses -- surfing the Web, watching movies, or reading e-books. Like Samsung's Galaxy S smart phone, the Galaxy Tab is based on Google's Android operating system.


Everything about the EVO 4G seems to be designed as a super-sized smartphone. Its physical size is striking, with a 4.3-inch 800 x 400 pixel display screen and a weight of 6 ounces.

Droid X

The Droid X comes with a 1GHz processor and 512MB of memory. It's (comparatively) big: 5 in. long, 2.6 in. wide and 0.4 in. thick, roughly a quarter inch wider and half an inch longer than an iPhone. If you're used to iPhones, you will notice the larger size -- especially the width. (See also "iPhone 4 vs. Droid X: A Head-to-Head Comparison").

Cisco Umi

Umi uses a console device, a remote and a camera unit with five microphones that sits on top of the TV. It will cost US$599 for the equipment and $24.99 per month for a service from Cisco. The service will include cloud-based contact lists and stored video.

Apple iPod Touch

Apple announces the new iPod Touch, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s stunning Retina display, FaceTime video calling, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, 3-axis gyro, iOS 4.1 and Game Center—all combined in the thinnest and lightest iPod touch ever.

Sony Google TV

Sony recently unveiled its first round of Google TV products including four HDTVs ranging from 24- to 46-inch screen sizes. All four feature 1080p resolution, an Intel Atom processor, 4 HDMI and 4 USB 2.0 ports and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Inspiron Duo Tablet

Dell introduces another industry first design -- the Inspiron Duo convertible tablet. Sporting a unique, flip-hinge design, the Inspiron duo combines the simplicity of a tablet, the functionality of a full keyboard and the convenience of a dock so you can switch seamlessly from touch to type to dock mode in seconds.

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