We're only into the second week of the year, but already we've seen thousands of gadgets and gizmos announced, thanks to CES. But what to splurge on? Hopefully our choices this year will help you out in your buying quandaries.
2010 promises to be a big year for launches, with 3DTV, tablets and ereaders expected to be stocked on shelves faster than yesterday's old CRTs are thrown onto the street. After scratching our heads this week, we think we've all worked out exactly what we're going to be spending our hard-earned notes on this year - but we're very interested in what you're going to buy, too. Let us know if you've got similar taste to us, or want something different from the gadget fairy this year.
Brian Barrett, Lenovo U1
I'd buy the Lenovo U1 hybrid notebook/tablet, IF they can work through all the hiccups. I'm not quite at a point where I'm ready to commit to a tablet as a standalone device, but having two-for-one functionality really appeals to me, as does the form factor. If the final version - and the price! - end up in line with my expectations, I'm there.
Rosa Golijan, Plastic Logic Que
I'd buy a Mac after being surrounded by them (and I did)! But other than that... hmm... honestly? I'd kinda contemplate buying a Que. Horrid, I know, because they're terribly overpriced for readers, but I like the size and feel. And after groping so-so-so many readers during the week, it's the one that just felt RIGHT when held. Yes, I'm romancing an ebook reader, but I don't really care about browsing the web or all the other flashy junk on the other readers. I just want something that I can snuggle up with in the evening and read.
Jason Chen, Aquapeutics shower
This is the only thing I want to buy in 2010. It may be huge, and it may be expensive, but what you're getting - top and side jets, two handheld sprayers, a massage tub, towel racks, speakers, built-in lights, a touchscreen, an LCD TV and even fans to ventilate your shower time - it's better than any shower I have ever seen, anywhere. Also, I'm dirty.
Sean Fallon, Samsung C9000 or LG 3DTV
After the demos at CES, I have to admit that I'm intrigued about 3D TV - especially since I watch a lot of sports and movies. As long as the price isn't outrageous, I would definitely consider picking one up. Samsung will be launching its 3D lineup down under in coming months.
Kat Hannaford, Sony Bloggie
I hate myself for wanting something with such an unfortunate name, but for anyone after a cheap Flip Mino-esque camcorder this year, the Bloggie is perfect. It shoots 1080p, does amazing panoramic video, and is super cheap. I will rename mine "Bob" though. It'll arrive in Australia next month for $299.
Mark Wilson, Notion Ink Adam tablet
Seamlessly swapping between backlit LCD and an e-ink-like reflective mode, this otherwise ho-hum tablet is equipped with the screen that the entire CE industry is excited about (with reason). We simply shouldn't need two devices to browse the web and read books, and soon enough, we won't.
Wilson Rothman, Sony BDP-S770 Blu-ray player
Sony Blu-ray player with iPhone app controller. I don't even know if it's practical, I just know that I want to be able to control all my home electronics with my iPhone, so bring on the apps.
Adam Frucci, Android phone
A new phone, probably an Android phone. My iPhone contract is up in July, and I'm done with my current provider, so I'll be looking for whatever the best alternative is on another network. If there isn't a Verizon iPhone by then, which there probably won't be, I'll be grabbing the best Android device available at that point.
Jesus Diaz, Apple Tablet
I've been waiting for it since Newton got cancelled. Expanding on the success of the iPhone interface, the tablet is the herald of a new computing era, one without desktop metaphors and silly folders. It will be to the Mac what the Mac was to the IBM PC.
David Chaid, Kodak Waterproof Playsport
I'm going to the Dominican Republic for a wedding this summer and the bride and groom are buying a bunch of Flip cams for various people to capture footage with. If the Kodak Playsport is available by then I'd recommend it over the Flip so that everyone could capture some nice snorkelling video and parents wouldn't have to worry so much about kids breaking the darn things.
Matt Buchanan, Project Natal
I'll buy a new phone cause mine will be two years old, and two years is a really long time to have a phone, and when it gets slow I want to toss it through a window. Probably the next iPhone, but at the rate Android's evolving, maybe I'll throw in with it finally. And Project Natal - that's unavoidable, assuming it comes out this year.
Kyle Van Hemert, LaCie Mini HD
I watch a ton of video on my computer - some I download, some I stream, some I encode myself - but for some reason I've been stubborn about getting a set-top box to watch 'em on my TV. I think the upcoming LaCinema HD Mini might be the one that makes me cave; LaCie's stuff always looks great, and now that they've added Wi-Fi to their media player it's pretty hard to resist.
Brian Lam, nothing
Because everything I have is good enough to keep using and I'm fine with just buying new software, apps and updating hardware with firmware.