The good: Eye-catching design; plenty of compartments; rock-solid feel and build.
The bad: Very large and bulky size makes this bag unsuitable for normal city commuting; it's best as a weekend or carry-on bag for plane trips.
The bottom line: Though it's far too large to be used as an everyday laptop backpack, the sturdy design and numerous pockets on the multipurpose Booq Boa Flow make it a great buy as a weekend or carry-on bag that can handle most laptops.
The good: Lets you connect HDMI-based devices for display on a 27-inch iMac; easy setup; effective with almost every device and combination of devices we found.
The bad: iMac display limits inputs to 720p (through no fault on the part of Kanex); $150 feels a little high for an adapter when Windows all-in-ones offer adapter-free HDMI; Blu-ray looks crummy at 720p; couldn't reconcile a satellite cable box signal routed through an HDMI switch.
The bottom line: Own a 27-inch iMac? Dying to connect a game console, Blu-ray player, or other HDMI-equipped device? Cursing Apple for using Mini DisplayPort instead of HDMI for video input? The situation might be frustrating, but that doesn't make the Kanex XD adapter less effective. We recommend it to those looking to bridge the gap between the living room and their large iMac.
The good: The T-Mobile Garminfone offers accurate driving directions and other advanced navigation capabilities. The Android-based smartphone also has better messaging and calendaring apps than its predecessor.
The bad: The smartphone has lackluster multimedia capabilities, including a subpar camera. Battery life is a concern.
The bottom line: The T-Mobile Garminfone is a huge improvement over the Nuvifone G60, proving to be a capable smartphone just as much as it is a reliable navigator.
The good: Improved design with larger display; decent sound quality; good array of alarm and radio functions; time syncs with your iPod or iPhone; remote included; GSM-shielded so iPhone can be used without the need to switch it to airplane mode.
The bad: No integration with iHome's iPhone app.
The bottom line: With the iP90, iHome has slightly improved the design and audio quality of its classic iPod-iPhone clock radio for 2010.
The good: For a compact, entry-level smartphone, the Palm Pixi Plus offers a good number of features including Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and GPS, as well as the benefits that come from running Palm WebOS. The Pixi Plus' camera now can record video and easily edit it--unlike its predecessor.
The bad: The Pixi Plus can be sluggish. The phone has a smaller display and keyboard. AT&T doesn't offer the Palm Mobile Hotspot utility.
The bottom line: The Palm Pixi Plus isn't fancy or powerful, but it offers first-time smartphone buyers a nice range of features and ease of use at an affordable price.
The good: Very good low-light video quality; full set of manual features; 1080/60p recording option.
The bad: Smallish, low-resolution LCD; coarse EVF; some edge artifacts in video; middling still photo quality.
The bottom line: The flash-based Panasonic HDC-TM700 and its hard-disk sibling, the HDC-HS700, stand out for their low-light video quality and broad set of manual controls. However, while the TM700 is very attractively priced for its class, the HS700 is not, and not worth the price premium unless you absolutely need the hard disk.