Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Samsung Galaxy S II (AT&T)
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: The Samsung Galaxy S II boasts a beautiful display and a thin design. With a dual-core processor, the Gingerbread device delivers fast performance, as well as good battery life. Camera quality is excellent.
The bad: Some parts of the phone feel flimsy.
The bottom line:With its dual-core processor, vibrant display, and great performance, the sleek and powerful Samsung Galaxy S II rises as AT&T's top Android smartphone.
The good: The entry-level Amazon Kindle 2011 is a compact, lightweight, and ultra-affordable e-book reader with a crisp Pearl e-ink screen and Wi-Fi. It offers access to a massive catalog of books, magazines, and newspapers via Amazon.com's familiar online store, plus online loaners from your local library. The Kindle can hold hundreds of books, and the battery lasts for weeks.
The bad: The lack of a touch screen means input is limited to a cumbersome directional pad and virtual keyboard. There's no support for audio. All accessories--including a cover and an AC charger--cost extra. You need to spend an additional $30 if you don't want the ad-supported Special Offers version.
The bottom line: If you don't want to spend the extra $20 to upgrade to the forthcoming touch-screen version, the entry-level 2011 Kindle is a great choice for an ultraportable and superaffordable no-frills e-ink reader.
The good: The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10's built-in projector and stereo speakers are very convenient for sharing home movies. Plus, the HD camcorder has the same wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable, and good automated performance as its projector-free siblings.
The bad: If you don't plan to use the projector, the rest of the camcorder's performance and feature set are a bit underpowered for the money.
The bottom line: You're paying a couple hundred extra for the projector in the otherwise frills-free Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10 over its identical twin, the CX160, but if you regularly show off your vacation videos in the homes of friends and family then it's worth it.
The good: The Samsung Series 7 all-in-one offers a unique design and easy-to-use touch software for a reasonable price.
The bad: Samsung has decided to steer clear of the performance crowd, and it shows. We also wish this system had a Blu-ray drive like others in its price range.
The bottom line: Samsung has captured our attention, and our Editors' Choice Award, in its U.S. desktop debut, and we expect the Series 7 all-in-one PC will attract many mainstream customers with its appealing looks and accessible touch interface.