Will 2010 go down in the annals of tech as the year of the iPad? The year Android took off? The year of the e-reader? It was all of the above—and then some.
Apple's instantly i
conic iPad tablet (APPL
) launched a new era in mobile computing. By yearend it had spawned a host of competitors, none able to match the sizzle of Steve Jobs's baby. On the phone front, though, Apple's iPhone faced increasingly stiff competition from ever-more polished and sophisticated devices such as Motorola's Droid X (MOT
), which uses Google's Android software (GOOG
). Meanwhile a price war helped fire up the e-reader market; by the holiday season, Amazon's latest Kindle (AMZN
) could be had for as little as $139. That doesn't even take into account such hits as Microsoft's Kinect game controller (MSFT
), which is breathing new life into the aging Xbox 360.
All these and many more make our list of 25 top tech gifts this holiday season. Click here
to see the Bloomberg Businessweek
Total Tech Buying Guide for 2010.