With the year winding down, Walt Mossberg has taken the time to weigh in on what he believes to be the top consumer products of the year.
In his opinion, the iPad takes the cake. He states that “for a 1.0 product, the iPad was amazing. With the new iOS 4.2 operating system and its huge selection of apps, the iPad continues to stay ahead of the competition.” I, personally, would agree with this sentiment, though it will be interesting to see how far ahead Apple can stay with likes of Google, Motorola, and HP/Palm launching their own tablets next year.
Other than the iPad, he says that ’4G’ networks will be something worth watching next year, and awards them a strong second. Tied for third is Samsung’s Galaxy S line of smartphones, and Apple’s iPhone 4.
Of course, there is the opposite: he also lists his worst products for 2010. Coming in at first is the Dell Streak, a ‘tablet’ with an identity crisis: “this Android device was too big to be a phone yet too small to be a tablet.” In second is Google TV, another 1.0 product that hasn’t seen much attention. In third is another attempt at the TV space: TiVo Premiere.