Don't look so shocked. You knew this would be on the list. The Apple iPhone combines an iPod-like hardware design with an Apple-designed touch screen operating system to put everything from phone calls to Web browsing just under your fingertips. Watch out for smudges, though.
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The iPod has gone through several iterations, each one (usually) better than the last. The touch-sensitive Click Wheel on recent versions makes browsing your music, photos, videos, and even games a simple and intuitive experience, which is one of the big reasons the iPod remains the archetypal MP3 player.
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Nintendo wowed the gaming world with the motion-sensing remote and minimalist design of the Wii. By breaking free of the conventional gamepad, Nintendo showed just how far good design can go, even against the more powerful hardware of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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You can take your television with you with the Sling Media Slingbox. These handy little devices quickly and easily stream your television to any Internet-connected device. Its simplicity is key: just plug the unobtrusive gizmo into your cable box and home network, run the software, and you're good to go.
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What the iPod did with MP3 players, TiVo did with video recorders. TiVo's simple, direct design and excellent programmability make this subscription-based device the DVR of choice in the face of less expensive but much more cumbersome competitors.
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Logitech's MX Air mouse puts a little bit of Wii on your PC. Why slide this gleaming black gadget around on your desk (don't worry, you can do that too) when you can kick back and wave it around to control your mouse pointer? It even doubles as a media remote, so you can control your MP3s and videos without even looking at the cursor. The MX Air isn't the first gyro mouse out there, but it is one of the best-designed.
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Logitech's Harmony remotes put control of all of your home theater devices into one handy gadget. The Harmony 890 remote is one of the best, with a color screen, both IR and RF commands, and a docking station with a rechargeable battery. Its programmable layout is its best part; use the Web-based programmer to customize different keys and even make custom menu commands for its color screen. Just don't lose it under the couch.
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The sliding lens cover Sony has used for its Cyber-shot T-series cameras makes them some of the most stylish and functional point-and-shoots out there. The Cyber-shot DSC-T100's lens cover both protects the lens and other delicate bits and gives the camera a smooth, minimalist look.
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Yes, a USB flash drive made the list. The Sandisk Cruzer Contour distinguishes itself from the countless other USB keys out there with its sophisticated black-and-metal finish and its elegant cap-free design. Just slide the black part up and down to expose and cover the USB jack. It supports U3 programs and comes in 4GB and 8GB versions.
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Razer proves that not all keyboards are created equal with the Tarantula. This fearsome keyboard might be much more expensive and a bit larger than others on the market, but its excellent design makes up for it. Super-responsive keys that can be programmed and rearranged fit in the keyboard's sleek black shell to make an attractive monolith of typing and fragging.
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