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Top Tech Gear Of 2009

We take a look back at the year's best smartphones, netbooks, desktops, laptops, and mobile device accessories.




The HTC Hero one-ups Apple's iPhone 3GS by incorporating Adobe Flash.
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As we close the books on 2009, InformationWeek takes a look back at the best technology that debuted over the last twelve months. Despite the economic recession, hardware makers carried on. The number of new products launched is year is simply uncountable.

Even so, we know you're counting on us to help you sort of the good from the bad. This extensive list -- with links and photos -- takes you through 8 categories that span the technological gamut. From smartphones, to netbooks, to desktop replacements and mobile device accessoressories -- we've covered it all. So sit back, kick your feet up and take a look at the best gear of the year.

1. Smartphones
Smartphones have evolved faster than anyone could have imagined the last six or seven years, but the last twelve months has seen a substantial leap forward.

The handsets featured here run iPhone OS, BlackBerry OS, Android, Windows Mobile and webOS. With new platforms and new players vying for corporate and consumer dollars, competition is at an all-time high. That's why these ten devices are all good at what they do.




The Samsung Go N310 is a tiny titan with a 6-cell 8850 mAh high-capacity battery.
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2. Netbooks

The year 2009 will probably go down in history as the year of the netbook. Early in the calendar year, the recession weighed heavy on the world economy. With budgets constrained, professionals and consumers alike turned to netbooks -- a cheaper alternative to full-sized laptops. Netbook sales have remained a bright spot even as the economy started showing signs of recovery.

These devices are portable, feature solid battery life, and focus on Web-based activities and computing. If you're looking for Internet access on-the-go and "small" and "cheap" rank high on your list of "must-haves," these netbooks could be just your ticket.

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