The 20 most notable tech products of 2009

While not all of them may be the best products of 2009--or the best deals--these 20 are all special enough to stand out from the rest of the pack in 2009.

Not every noteworthy product was made by Apple in 2009.

We've been doing a lot of end-of-the year lists here at CNET as our editors round up the most popular and best products in their categories. That's all great, but then someone said, "Hey, why don't we do a list that's a best-of-the-best list of all the lists combined?"

Well, that's what I was tasked with, but instead of calling it the "Best products of 2009" or the "Most popular products of 2009," I've come up with "The most notable products of 2009," which I like to think of as a kind of a hybrid between popular, best, and most hyped.

Once again, I've enlisted the help of my fellow editors, so while my name may appear at the top of this list, it's really a collective effort. That said, you can blame me if you don't like the picks (a few may surprise you).

As always, feel free to suggest your own picks. If you make a good case, we'll update the list and make some changes.

Click on any image to start the slideshow and see the picks (they are listed in alphabetical order).

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