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Best of 2009

Notebooks: Toshiba mini NB 205 and HP Mini 311

Toshiba mini NB 205

It is almost impossible to choose which one's the better of the two. On the one hand, the Toshiba impresses with its best-in-class touchpad, excellent keyboard, spacious 250GB hard disk drive, full- workday, capable appearance. On the other hand, the HP mini weighs in with its admirable performance in handling not just high-definition video super smoothly - nay, beautifully - on its 11.6 inch screen, but also processor-muscle sapping games like World of Warcraft without wincing because of its Nvidia Ion aided graphics capabilities.

Camcorder: Flip MinoHD

Flip MinoHD

When it comes to eminently pocketable camcorders, the MinoHD stands out by a whisker. Capable of very good quality 720p video for a device this diminutive ( 116 grammes, 1.97 x 0.66 x 3.94 inches ), this super-sleek and stylish ultracompact camera is easy enough for even your grandmum to operate. It features a bright 2-inch TFT active matrix LCD display, 8GB memory, a built-in condenser mono microphone, an onboard speaker, and USB as well as HDMI connectors. Further, an in-camera editing feature makes it possible to snip away at what the focus-free 35mm, F?2.4 aperture lens captures without hooking it up to a PC or Mac.

Laptop: MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro

An Apple baby that makes grown men gurgle with joy. Lighter (at 2.9 kgs), thinner (at 0.98 inches), faster, and more environmentally-friendly than other 17-inch notebooks, this aluminium-encased bundle of computing offers an amazing 8 hours of battery life on a single charge.Powered by a 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with ^MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed, the notebook is hewed out of single blocks of aluminium (called "unibody"). It supports up to 8GB of 1066MHz DDR3 memory, and comes with a 500GB hard drive. The sexy 17-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen 1,680-by-1,050 display is driven by an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor.

Smartphone: HTC Hero

HTC Hero

Our first choice would have been the Apple iPhone 3GS. But since the carrier-locked phone is yet to be launched in India, we'll skip it. Running HTC's user-friendly Sense interface atop Google's Android operating system. Hero offers seven customised homescreens to which you can add widgets, application shortcuts and Android-specific programmes. Multitouch works beautifully on its capacitive screen making it the only mobile yet to rival the iPhone's pinch-flick experience- albeit not with third-party apps. Since Android's built for multitasking, you can open 5-7 apps simultaneously with little effect on performance at most times. Unlike the iPhone, it supports Flash in its web browser and also formats web pages better. And it also boasts decent battery-life. And a nice 5MP camera too.

OS: Windows 7

Windows 7

The last few months have proved that Microsoft's newest born is the most born and refined and evolved OS to have beamed out of Redmond yet. It is, without doubt, more stable and simple, to use than its previous avatars. it is, also, more fleet-footed than any Windows we've known so far - with faster startups, faster performance, faster resumes (from sleep mode), faster shutdowns - and even faster recovery from crashes! Battery life on laptops and notebooks is much more ameliorated. It enhances productivity by improving on its intuitiveness, ease of use and connectivity . And unlike Vista, Windows 7 can run comfartably on everything from low-end 1GB RAM notebooks and beyond.

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