PC World magazine has come up with a list of the 100 Best Tech Products of the Year.
1. The App Store. Apple’s application service for the iPhone and iPod Touch has sold 2 billion apps in just 16 months.
2. Google Voice. You’ve probably never heard of it, but if you’d like to get a single phone number that you can use for life, use with any device, and access from the web, Google Voice does it all. It gives you a single number for all of your phones to use, emails you transcripts of your voicemail messages, and sports a host of sophisticated calling features. Set up conference calls for free, record calls, even switch phones in the middle of a call. And it’s all free.
3. Intel X25-M 160GB Solid State Drive. Uh, yeah, super-geek stuff here. In a nutshell, solid state drives are replacing standard hard drives in computers. They’re full of awesomeness because there are no moving parts. Thinking of the SSD as a USB thumb drive with lots more storage tucked inside your computer or laptop. Less heat, less noise, faster, etc.
4. Nikon D300s. Photos, high-definition video capture, more. But at $1,700 it ain’t for casual photographers.
5. Twitter. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the microblogging service more than once this year. It’s not Facebook — because the world doesn’t need another social network that let’s us know that our friends are having coffee at Starbucks right now. Twitter has proven to be a top-notch build-your-own-personalized-news-feed service.
6. Dell Latitude Z600. The BMW of laptops this year. But it’ll set you back about two grand.
7. Microsoft Bing. It’s Microsoft’s new anti-Google. Instead of quick, text-based results like Google, Bing organizes its search results into Search Categories — subdivisions such as Web, Maps, Images, and Health.
8. Canon PowerShot SX200 IS. For $350 you get 12X optical zoom, HD video recording, and lots of bells and whistles.
9. The Beatles Rock Band.
10. Need a new HDTV? Get the Samsung LN46B750U. This 46-inch TV turned in the best performance PC World’s seen yet in tests for motion handling. Plus it has lots of inputs and connects to the web.
(From Justin): Anybody tried Google Voice? Sounds cool.