Consumer tech is a blazingly fast world and mobile is leading the charge with increasingly powerful devices adding sci-fi worthy capabilities to things you used to make phone calls with. We award the year's top contenders for bringing mobile tech forward in leaps and bounds.
Winner - LG Optimus 3D
The glory of the third dimension can now be reproduced on this first-ever 3D phone, which doesn't just shoot in 3D - its special screen tech displays content with reality-like depth, so you won't need to wear those red-and-blue glasses to watch it. Shift 3D content from your computer by simple drag-and-drop thanks to its easy as pie Android Froyo 2.2 OS - or run the preloaded app that automatically converts regular 2D content to depth-packing visuals. Gaming goes 3D too, with the Optimus 3D coming fully loaded with a few 3D titles from Gameloft including racing and golf simulators. Sure, 3D has its own glitches - eye strain headaches being one of them - but for being the first to get there, and get mobile's first foot on the future-tech road, the Optimus 3D gets our vote. Next stop? The hologram phone.
Runner up: Motorola Atrix Smartphones are now more powerful than computers of last decade - and Motorola takes the thinking one step further with the Atrix, which is built to power a plastic laptop shell with display and keyboard. Its dual-core 1GHz processor is one of beefiest on the block, but its Android Gingerbread OS goes from swish and fluid on the phone to a tad laggy when blown up on the 11.3-inch 'lapdock'. A great innovation that falls short on execution - but that's often an unfortunate side effect of being first.
A BlackBerry tablet was always going to be great at business - but we were pleasantly surprised by the PlayBook's refreshing, unique OS, with a cool multitasking view that put all open programs in the center of this compact seven-inch tablet. BlackBerry Bridge meant you could view email, contacts and calendar from your 'Berry smartphone on the tablet without comprising security of this data - something that's a godsend to anyone whose work phone is set up by a strict IT department.
Unfortunately, the fact this only works with BlackBerrys - and that there's no native email app otherwise - made this too much of a niche device. But an update to put contact, calendar and email apps on the device is incoming any day now, making this a decent choice for Berry users and non users alike.
HTC Flyer Of all the tablets in town, the Flyer is the only that squeezes in a digital notebook feature, complete with stylus that lets you annotate ebooks and scrawl hilarious doodlings on photos. Its seven-inch touch-screen is sensitive enough to make note-taking by hand a reality and the palette of different colours and pens is cute addition. Surprisingly it omits any handwriting recognition function though. A fun idea that doesn't integrate enough with the rest of the phone's interface to take the gong.