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CES 2009:

Palm Pre among Best of CES winners

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Amanda Finnegan

The Best of CES 2009 awards were given at Saturday morning’s Consumer Electronics Show. Awards were given in 10 categories.

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The Palm Pre swept the CNET Best of CES 2009 at the Consumer Electronics Show on Saturday, picking up the Best Cell Phone and Smart Phone Award, as well as the People’s Voice Award and Best in Show.

Awards were given in 10 categories: car technology, cell phones and smart phones, computers and hardware, digital photo and video, gaming, GPS, home audio, home video, MP3 and video players and TV.

Judged by a panel of CNET editors, the CNET Best of CES awards are the official awards of shows. The Best in Show award is given by CNET editors for the best product across the 10 categories. More than 4,000 people voted for the People’s Voice award on CNET.com since the nominees were announced Friday morning.

Winners are as follows:

Car technology

Gracenote CarStars

Gracenote CarStars looks like the average dashboard media player but the system scans your iPod or MP3 player to figure out your favorite artist.

Cell phones and smart phones

Palm Pre

Tech critics are calling the Palm Pre the breath of life Palm needed. Pre uses the Palm Synergy feature to bring your Outlook, Google and Facebook calendars together in one view. The Pre connects through WiFi hot spots and features an in-phone GPS.

Sony Cybershot DSC-G3

The 10-megapixel, 4X zoom Sony Cybershot DSC-G3 includes 4GB of storage and a 210ppi 3.5-inch touch-screen display with WiFi connectivity that allows you to wirelessly upload photos and video. It includes free AT&T WiFi access to Sony's Easy Upload Home Page until Jan. 31, 2012.

Computers and hardware

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Sony Vaio P-Series Lifestyle PC

Sony Vaio P-Series Lifestyle PC

Sony chief executive officer Sir Howard Stringer introduced the 8-inch PC at his keynote Thursday morning. The Vaio Lifestyle PC includes a 3G mobile broadband antenna, 802.11n WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth, with mobile broadband service provided by Verizon.

Digital photo and video

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Sony Cybershot DSC-G3

Sony Cybershot DSC-G3

The 10-megapixel, 4X zoom Sony Cybershot DSC-G3 includes 4GB of storage and a 210ppi 3.5-inch touch-screen display with WiFi connectivity that allows you to wirelessly upload photos and video. It includes free AT&T WiFi access to Sony's Easy Upload Home Page until Jan. 31, 2012.

Gaming

Nyko wand

Nyko is calling the Nyko wand “the most advanced Wii controller yet.” The Nyko wand can output commands and vibrations through the controller's port at the bottom of the device. The device is set to hit stores in April but no price has been set.

GPS

TomTom GO 740 Live

The TomTom Go 74Y will feature turn-by-turn directions like most GPS systems but also up-to-date information like Google Local Search, fuel-price information, weather and local business information all through built-in SIM card and modem.

Home Audio

Samsung HT-BD7200

The HT-BD 7200 supports streaming Netflix movies online and Pandora music. The system includes an iPod docking station and has Bluetooth technology to connect from music phones. The HT-BD7200 also includes a “green-friendly" kelp-based subwoofer.

Home Video

Dish Network EchoStar SlingBox

The EchoStar Slingbox will allow users to connect their TV to any broadband PC or 3G smartphones, along with DVR capabilities that most boxes already have. The Dish Network ViP922 is only available for Dish Network subscribers right now.

MP3 and Personal Video Players

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Panasonic G10 series

Samsung P3

The new Samsung P3 shares many of its predecessor's features, including a 3-inch touch screen, audio and video playback, photo viewer, FM radio, voice recording and Bluetooth capabilities. The new version however has a new feature called “EmoTune” that allows more personalization.

TVs

Panasonic G10 series

The G10 series of plasmas comes in four screen sizes. The 42-inch TC-P42G10, the 46-inch TC-P46G10, and the 50-inch TC-P50G10 will ship in March, while the 54-inch TC-54G10, a new screen size for the company, will ship in May. Prices have not been announced.

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