The problem with "Best Product" run-downs - as the iPhone 3GS/DROID arguments proved - is that just a few people are left to decide what are the stand-out devices of the moment. If you'd prefer to make your own voice heard, head over to Last Gadget Standing where they're taking votes for the top tech right now.
Given they're the ODM behind the Google Nexus One, and that they're fast becoming one of the recognizable brands in smartphones, it seems like 2009 - and 2010 - really is HTC's coming-of-age. Over at Wired they've been looking into what the company has done to rise from the ranks of OEMs, including setting a 95-percent "target failure rate" for its R&D division, to encourage faster idea generation, and slipping into bed early with Google.
Two new Apple rumors today, with a 5-megapixel camera for the next-gen iPhone tipped along with a 7-inch size for the much-speculated Apple Tablet. According to DigiTimes, CMOS manufacturer OmniVision have had orders placed by Apple for a 5-megapixel sensor for the fourth-generation iPhone, which is expected to launch in late 2010.
Full specifications and some launch news tidbits for the Google Nexus One have emerged, and according to Engadget's source the first devices - from Google at least - will be offered by invitation only. The first batch are likely going to developers, similar to how Google offered previous dev handsets, but those sales will be followed up by general T-Mobile USA availability. The Nexus One will have a Qualcomm 1GHz QSD8250 processor, UMTS/HSPA 900/1700/2100 (i.e. only EDGE max on AT&T), WiFi a/b/g/n and a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display.
Full specifications after the cut, plus live Google Nexus One demo
Having announced a PND with integrated HD Radio last January, Cydle is following up this coming CES with a new version that throws "HD Traffic" status updates into the mixture. The Cydle T43H is one of a number of new portable devices the company are planning, including the Cydle M7 MID and two PND/PMP combo devices, the T70 and T50.
A new Lenovo notebook packing a multitouch-capable display has been spotted at the FCC, though right now we've only this image of the laptop's underside to go from. The Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3t - according to Digitech - will have a rotating convertible 10.1-inch touchscreen and use Intel's latest Pine Trail Atom processors.
Archos have released a new firmware update for the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, v1.6.08, and the key change is the introduction of Android 1.6 "Donut". With the new version of the OS comes the quick-search box for the MID/PMP's homescreen, improved power management, native WVGA display support and VPN functionality; Archos have also tweaked media handling, so that the Archos 5 Internet Tablet better supports H.264 SD and HD videos.
Update: Strangely, all mention of the update - including the firmware itself - has been pulled from Archos' site.
Contrary to earlier reports that retailer Borders were planning to enter the hardware ebook market with a device of their own, the company has denied that an own-brand reader is on the cards. According to Borders Chief Executive Ron Marshall, both the cost and the time involved are dissuading the firm from such a plan; "We're not a technology company" the CEO told Reuters, "We're booksellers."
NVIDIA haven't held back recently with their Ion 2 news, but it's good to see the company reconfirming their plans to launch a Pine Trail-compatible version of the graphics chipset and attach a date to its roll-out. As we heard before, the new Ion 2 for Intel Pine Trail will be a standalone GPU rather than the combined Northbridge/GPU chipset as offered for the current Intel Atom models, and it's arriving in Q1 2010.
After announcing last month that the OLPC XO-2 concept had been abandoned in favor of a more straightforward slate-style XO-3 device, the One Laptop Per Child project have now released renders of what that tablet might look like. The work of Yves Behar, the design has an 8.5 x 11 inch touchscreen, would use inductive charging, be waterproof and cost around $100. It's also expected to combine a Pixel Qi indoor/outdoor display with plastic screen components from Plastic Logic.