Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet we
count down another hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt.
It's time once again to take the temperature of the
gadget world. Just which gadgets do you, the CNET
reader, feel are most worth your time?
We looked at the products you looked at most often,
and came up with the Top 5 most popular products.
At Number Five: the new Apple iPod Nano--not barreling
in at Number One, as some previously released Apple
gadgets have, but the new, cool Nano is not overlooked
by CNET fans.
Coming in at Number Four: the Samsung Instinct. You
folks are still enamored of the touch-screen,
smartish, phone and no amount of cheesy, bad, faux-
romantic comedy commercials are going to dissuade you.
Up to Number Three: the 50-inch Pansonic Viera plasma
HDTV. I'd like to think this is because I bought one,
but the fact of the matter is you don't care. You were
into this TV before I was and you're STILL into it.
Sliding in at Number Two: The iPhone-- moving back up
in the charts. Maybe it's the App Store-banning
controversies; maybe it's the reduction of the product
runs; maybe it's...oh, who are we kidding? It's the
reality-distortion field, and you can't shake it.
Before we get to Number One, let's take a look at the
back half of the most popular products. That Dell
Netbook is just itchin' to get in the Top 5.
All right. So, what's more popular than the iPhone
among CNET users? What tops our list of the most
At Number One, it's...
The LG Dare. While the iPhone and the Instinct get all
the spotlight, the Dare just keeps chugging along,
wracking up the hits. I suspect it's a carrier bias.
Do more of you have Verizon? I often wonder what this
list would look lie if all phones could work on all
networks. But alas, we shall never know.
Well, that's it for this edition of CNET Top 5.
You can contribute to what makes the list by surfing
around and looking at your favorite products on
I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.