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2009 was chock-full of new trends and innovations. The relentless march of new technologies brought about more powerful devices in smaller packages, enabling such new devices as advanced smartphones, more e-book designs, and powerful lightweight netbooks.
Let's take a quick review of some of this year's best new products. Leave a comment below on what you think the best product or trend was, in 250 words or fewer, and the best response will win a free year of our growth-oriented Rule Breakers newsletter!
Smartphones: The year saw numerous new models that kept this growing field as competitive as ever. Palm started out the year by announcing its sleek Pre phone, which featured a slick interface that allowed easy multitasking between applications. At the tail end of the year, Motorola
E-readers: The reigning king of e-books, Amazon.com
Netbooks: The year saw several advancements in netbooks. In addition to new netbooks from the usual players, like Dell
All the products above might foreshadow a larger trend toward more lightweight, Internet-connected consumer devices that bridge the gap between products listed above. Qualcomm
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