If you’re a gadget/tech freak like myself, then you’ll love what I believe is the absolute picks of the year. With the help of GQ, here is a list of must haves for 2010.
Best New Tech: GQ’s 2010 Gear PreviewMotorola Backflip $TBA; available this Spring
We have a feeling this will be our favorite Android phone based on the design alone. It has an ample, full QWERTY keypad, a zippy touchscreen, plus an additional touchpad on the reverse side for navigating through the phone without obstructing the screen—great for scrolling through long articles on the web. And when placed on a table as shown, it can turn into a clock or a digital picture frame.
___________________________________________________________________________Lenovo IdeaPad U1 $1000; available June 1st
The conundrum of the year is this: ultraportable laptop or tablet? The Lenovo IdeaPad gives you both. Use it like a normal 11.6 inch, Windows 7 laptop, or pop it out as a standalone tablet for when you really want to go portable.
Yes, this thing is super thin and the picture is awesome, but what we like the most is the chrome, four-legged stand—it gives your set a more Design Within Reach-feel as opposed to, say, a Radio Shack one. Plus the 7000 Series has a 3D processor if you decide to make the jump and get a 3D Blu-ray player this summer.
An LED flashlight designed by the Porsche Design Studio, the mPower Emergency Illuminator has replaceable CR123 batteries in one tube and a rechargeable reserve battery that will keep its charge, even if it’s not used for 20 years, in the other. It also has a USB connection to charge mobile phones and other devices.
There are plenty of home theaters in a box out there, but this one stands out because of it’s sleek piano black finish, 7.1 surround sound—yes that’s seven speakers and a subwoofer—plus apps that give you access to Netflix, Pandora, and Twitter.
It’s time to ditch the wires in 2010. Simply throw your phone on the Powermat and you’re done—nothing to plug in and no spaghetti tangle of wires to deal with. Older Powermat products required you to place bulky covers on your phone, but this year you’ll just need to replace your battery with a Powermat one—in other words, it won’t change the look or feel of your device. This portable Powermat is meant for the road warrior: it can charge 2 things wirelessly and has a battery containing up to four full device charges—for shorter trips, you won’t have to deal with wires at all.
So there you have it! These items are HOT! I got my eye on 1 or 2 of them.