CNET UK Editors' Choice winners November 2009
Another bumper month for superb tech, November surpassed our expectations even at this busy time of year. Here are the CNET UK Editors' Choice awards winners for this month
Another bumper month for superb tech, November surpassed our expectations even at this busy time of year. Without further ado, here are the CNET UK Editors' Choice awards winners for this month.
The HTC HD2 achieved the impossible -- it's a Windows Mobile phone worth craving. HTC has slapped its Sense user interface all over Win Mo, covering up the worst of the tiny, dated icons and giving us a big-screen beauty that's 50 times more fun than any other Windows Mobile phone, without sacrificing any of the power. Microsoft is still struggling to fill up its official app market, but with a choice of great Web browsers and a huge 109mm (4.3-inch) screen, the HD2 is one of our favourite phones for surfing the Web.
When it arrived, we wondered if it was nothing more than a gimmick. As it turned out, this wider-than-widescreen TV was incredibly impressive. Sure, it's too expensive and won't appeal to people who watch 'normal' TV. But for the movie fan wanting an amazing home-cinema experience, this TV can't easily be bettered.
It used to be that all we asked of a compact camera was that it was small enough to go on in a pocket, didn't cost an arm and a leg, and took half-decent pictures. The Samsung ST1000 isn't interested in that kind of middle-of-the-road mediocrity, instead roaring straight to the top of our want list with its Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and touchscreen technologies. Even if you can find a camera that gives better pictures, you won't find anotherr camera as technically ambitious as the ST1000.
The Canon PowerShot S90 may not have as many grandstanding features as the ST1000, but as soon as we laid our trembling hands on it we realised it was something special. We gave October's Editors' Choice to its bigger brother the G11, which is more portable than a dSLR but still isn't exactly pocketable. The S90 very much is. The fact that Canon has packed such a serious piece of photographic kit into such a compact frame wins the PowerShot S90 an Editors' Choice award.
LG is the rising star in Blu-ray. It produces low-cost players that don't compromise on quality at all. We love the BD390 because it includes Wi-Fi, has the ability to show YouTube on your TV and still does all the Blu-ray things you'd expect. It's not as cheap as the BD370, but it does add analogue audio outputs for HD sound, and full network streaming.