CNET UK Editors' Choice winners July 2009

Welcome, one and all, to the neverending roadshow of electrical excellence that is the CNET UK Editors' Choice awards! Here's our picks from July

Welcome, one and all, to the neverending roadshow of electrical excellence that is the CNET UK Editors' Choice awards! Every month we select the very best -- and only the very best -- gadgets to pass over our threshold and mark them with our red-hot branding iron of high-rated approval. Here's July's top bananas.

Editors' Choice award winnners July 2009

HTC Hero
As the most polished and accomplished Android-powered phone to date, it came close to matching the score of one of its fiercest competitors: Apple's iPhone 3GS. It's beautiful to look at, to hold and to use. Plus it's customisable like almost no other, with a deep ocean of handy applications to soak in from the Android Marketplace. Not a single member of the CNET UK team felt anything but love for the Hero, and its top-tier score reflects this. It's a worthy claimant of our Editors' Choice award this month.

Philips 32PFL9604H
The 32-inch baby brother in Philips' flagship 9000 series is packed with tech, despite its diminutive stature. First-class picture and sound is the least you would expect from a TV this size that costs £1,000, but the set's Web features are what really earn its corn. YouTube, games and Internet radio are all one button-press away, while full Web browsing is possible too -- unlike on many rival Net-enabled TVs.

Panasonic Viera TX-P46Z1
If anything ever deserved an Editors' Choice award, it's a 46-inch, 1080p plasma TV that has more bells and whistles than a bells and whistles emporium that has recently received a large overstock shipment from Bells and Whistles Ltd. Sure, it's a tad on the pricey side, but what's a mere £4,200 when you're getting wireless high-definition? High-frequency transmissions convey the fancy pictures from your Blu-ray player to the TV, so there are no ugly wires (apart from the power cable). A full 1,080 lines of moving image resolution gives utterly astounding picture quality too. This is the very highest end of TV quality and we thoroughly endorse it.

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