As we put 2011 to bed, a lot of technologies are vying for that
virtual award podium of our memory: Which ones will not be
forgotten in 2012?
with the Top 5 Tech All Stars of 2011 - the products
defined the year in tech -- all strong in CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s reviews ratings,
but even more importantly, they defined their category or set a
path that weÃ¯Â¿Â½ll be on for some time.
LetÃ¯Â¿Â½s see where they pointed
#5 is the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Finally someone paid attention to
whatÃ¯Â¿Â½s sells gear these days: What it does, not what it is.
Amazon, as well as Barnes & Noble, gave us really good tablets
we can afford and carry without a murse.
We donÃ¯Â¿Â½t know exactly
how well the new Kindle Fire will survive some skeptical early
reviews, but IÃ¯Â¿Â½m pretty sure the idea of a smaller tablet that is
good enpough is here to stay.
#4 Macbook Air.
Laptops changed with the success of the MBA
The Air just seemed to be what we always wanted a
laptop to be: Light, thin, instant on and with lonngggg battery life.
It even diverts some people away from their iPad.
are growing 4 times faster than PC sales and even 2.5 times as
fast as hot Mac sales.
And competitors from the WinTel world
donÃ¯Â¿Â½t really have anything to answer it yet.
#3 is the Pad 2: Part of the reason we have our #5 Kindle Fire at
all is because Apple established this sort of Valley of Death for
iPad2 is arguably AppleÃ¯Â¿Â½s most successful
product when measured in terms of market dominance and while
its price can be a lot to bite off, thereÃ¯Â¿Â½s a lot to chew on once you
iPad2 is simply the best tablet out there and its singular
success helped keep the entire sector from become a flash in
#2 iPhone 4S.
After getting drubbed for being too evolutionary,
the 4S went on to be the best selling new iPhone ever and the
highest rated by CNET.
From iOS5 to Siri to a camera that
obviates cameras, this phone kept Apple top of mind even as the
Android guys took over on sales momentum.
ItÃ¯Â¿Â½s the first iPhone to earn a CNET EC.
The #1 Tech all Star of 2011 goes to a product that is also
accepting on behalf of its category: The Motorola Droid Razr.
CNETÃ¯Â¿Â½s best rated smartphone of the year.
Our best rated
Our best rated phone ever.
Our best rated
product of 2011.
It just doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t end.
Motorola came out of
nowhere with this guy and in the process emblemized the rise of
Android and of the superphone category in a year when
smartphones in general were the most competitive field in
TheyÃ¯Â¿Â½ve earned a swig off my bottle.
DonÃ¯Â¿Â½t miss my several other year end Top 5Ã¯Â¿Â½s for 2011 that put
the year in tech in perspective.
TheyÃ¯Â¿Â½re all waiting at