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The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) lived up to its hype this year by delivering around 50 tablets and featuring over 100 companies with 3D products.  About 140,000 people attended this event to see the most technologically advanced products from 2,700 companies, and without a doubt each guest left with a sense of amazement.  There is no way I would be able to cover all the products displayed this year, but I will be discussing the top products from CNet’s Best of CES 2011 Awards, and then revealing the number one product from each category.

Let’s start the overview with a rapidly growing industry, Car Tech.  The three items that stood out in this category are the Toyota Entune, OnStar for After Market, and Countour Mobile.  Of these three new products the most coveted item in the eyes of CNet editors is the Toyota Entune.  Toyota Entune brings popular apps to your car on a bright LCD screen, and makes using them advantageous to drivers.

The next category in CNet’s Best of CES this year is Design.  The four products that received the most buzz for their blueprint are the Samsung HT-D7, Casio Tryx, Acer Iconia, and Samsung 9 Series.  In the eyes of CNet’s editors the Casio Tryx deserved the award for greatest design because of its ability to twist, turn and be contorted in various ways to assist the photographer in their pursuit of interesting images.  I had to deviate from CNet’s desicion here because I found the Acer Iconia to be much more interesting, and honestly on my wish list for next x-mas.

Moving along to the next hot topic at CES 2011, CNet’s Digital Imaging award.  The three nominees for this segment are the Sony Handycam HDR-PJ Series, Olympus XZ-1, and the Samsung SH100.  The winner out of this group is the Sony Handycam HDR-PJ Series, which blew away its competition by including a projector and stereo speakers within the camcorder.

The next popular category is Gaming, and in this category the winner kept true to one of the two dominant themes of this year’s CES.  The nominees are Nintendo 3DS, Dell AlienWare M17xR3, and the Creative Labs Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega.  While the Dell Alien and the Creative Labs Sound Blaster are leaders in their specific industries, they did not take the bounds forward in gaming that the winner, Nintendo 3DS, made.  The Nintendo 3DS allows gamers to play 3D games on their personal console without requiring any glasses.

Up next is the Home Theatre category, with the following nominees; Samsung BD-D7000, Samsung HW-D7000, and Sony Homeshare.  The Samsung HW-D7000 and the Sony Homeshare are great products that integrate well with progressive 3D technologies, but they are not as innovative in size and design as the winner, the Samsung BD-D7000.  The Samsung BD-D7000 offers a uniquely small footprint, plenty of power, supports 2D-3D, and is integrated Wi-Fi and Smart Blu-ray features like AllShare, Smart Hub and a single HDMI output.

PCs & Laptops are up next with the following nominees; Intel “Sandy Bridge”, HP Pavilon DM1, Lenovo Ideacentre B520.  I am not going to pretend to know much about these high-tech computer chips, but I will relay this message about the winner, Intel “Sandy Bridge”, from CNet, “It has a 32nm micro-architecture, includes more energy-efficient performance and improved 3D and graphics performance.”  Congrats Sandy Bridge.

The nominees for this year’s Best Prototypes are the Razer Switchblade, Toshiba Eyeglass-Free 3D, and the Samsung Bendable Screen.  The CNet judges went with the Toshiba Eyeglass-Free 3D, but because I thought the show was already saturated with 3D products I wanted to go with something that I thought would lead to more innovative products in the future. The Samsung Bendable Screen, while it does not do much more than regular screens today, I think it could contribute to interesting advancements in design and functionality in the near future.

The best up and coming smart phones, according to CNet Motorola will be the LG Revolution, HTC Thunderbolt, Motorola Droid Bionic, and the Motorola Atrix 4G.  And the phone leading the pack can be used in your car as a navigation device, plug into your TV, and operates seamlessly with your laptop, is the Motorola Atrix 4G.

The winner of this next category should be extremely proud of the fact that they were able to stand out amongst the 50 other tablets that were on display this year.  CNet nominated the Motorola Xoom, Blackberry Playbook, Toshiba Tablet, and the Samsung Sliding PC7 as the best tablets this year.  The winner has too many bells and whistles for me to go into, but I do suggest reading more about the Motorola Xoom here.

Now for the Best In Show award.  This award was given to an item that stood out as a product that will lead the way for tablets in the next few years.  It showcased the android 3.0 OS, it comes standard with front and rear-facing cameras, including one that can record in HD, it also boasts to have a larger and higher resolution screen than the iPad.  The number one product at CES 2011 is the Motorola Xoom.

If you disagree with any of the decisions CNet made, or want to point out any items that you thought should have made the list the list, please let us know in the comments below.


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