Let's face it: CES is often about hype. New products, new promises, and a lot of very thick carpeting greets us every year, and as we sort out what impressed us most about the show, we can only hope that some of these gadgets actually deliver.
With CES 2011 just around the corner, it's a perfect time to take a look back at the year that was, and see how the biggest stories of CES 2010 fared. Some of them did remarkably well, including our best-of-show winner, the Panasonic TC-PVT25 Others, not so much (remember the Motorola Backflip?). Then there's the virtual vaporware (we're still waiting on the IdeaPad U1 Hybrid...and Cell TV...smartbooks). And, of course, CES 2010 didn't even capture some of the biggest stories of the year, including Apple's iPad and a huge wave of next-gen Android phones.
Click below for a quick look back. It's a good reminder of how much can change in a year.