The televisions that are going to be invading our living rooms in 2012, the ones that Samsung and LG and the rest have been trotting out this week at CES? They're the most exciting gadgets of the year, and not because of any apps or gimmicks or third dimensions being shoved down our throats. In fact, they're wonderful in spite of all that.
The TVs of last year were boring and reliant on cheap tricks. They were supposed to be smart—which translated to awful glitchy menus we didn't need and a heap of apps we already had. They were so 3D—which meant bulky eyewear, sore retinas, and sparse content. 3D is a dud, mostly, and "smart" TVs have been garbage, entirely. Companies decided TVs weren't about watching things on TV. Companies really screwed up.