Every week at CNET, we test dozens of gadgets. Not every device stands out as amazing or wonderful, and we've seen our share of failing storage drives or -- shudder -- candy bar "feature phones." (That's what the industry calls a cell phone that's not quite a smart phone.)
But not a week goes by without at least a few standout gadgets. Sometimes, these gems shine in a crowded field. Sometimes, they break the mold. Occasionally, we review a high-quality device from an older category that does its job so well, we fall in love with it anyway.
This week's roundup of top-rated gear includes everything we've awarded three-and-a-half stars or above in our rating scale, but I'd like to highlight a couple of the most newsworthy.
Samsung's new Fire fighter
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is the first Samsung tablet running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, bringing the 7-inch tablet into the modern era of tablets. It's thinner than the competition, and lighter, and it comes with a nifty 50GB of free Dropbox storage for a year.
That's not why this soldier in the tablet wars caught my eye and impressed our critic. At $250, the Tab 2 7.0 costs less than half of the Wi-Fi-only iPad, albeit in a much smaller form factor. For $50 more than the kinder, gentler
Panasonic DMP-BDT220: Crummy name, great Blu-ray player
I'm surprised, too, but this week we fell in love with a Blu-ray player, awarding the
(While we're at it, though, can we have a little talk about tech product names? Giving a gadget a name that looks like a license plate -- DMP-BDT220, really? -- doesn't help it stand out in the market.)
Speaking of crazy product names, this week's collection of reviews highlights Antuan Goodwin's