Technology's about a lot more than buying stuff—but let's be honest, we all love our gadgets. So we're here to help you find the best of the best—laptops, cameras, phones, and a lot more.

We know you don't want to blow that paycheck on merely the shiniest, or the the simply newest. So we've considered a balance of price, features, reliability—and above all, quality—to make sure you're choosing a gadget that isn't just great, but one that's sensible. We've updated our roster of Giz-approved gadgets, and below, you'll find these picks—the best tech tools 2010 has to offer.

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Smartphones


We can geek out all we want, but the best way to choose is a phone is not just by the hardware or the OS, but the phone and the carrier. Here's the smartphone to pick on each...for now.

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• AT&T—Apple iPhone 4

• Sprint—HTC Evo

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• T-Mobile—G2

• Verizon—HTC Incredible

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Computers


• Laptop: 15-inch i7 MacBook Pro, high rez matte screen, or if you go PC, the Toshiba Portégé R700 ...a 3lb Core i5

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• Netbook: This market is commoditized, just buy something on this list or an iPad.

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• Ultraportable: MacBook Air 11-inch

• 3D Laptop: Asus' G51Jx 3DE beat out the competition, and has a built-in IR emitter.

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• Processors: Decide your budget, THEN pick a processor from this list.

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• Desktop Graphics Cards: Anything based on the ATI HD 5970 chipset will be FAAAST, otherwise, decide your budget, THEN pick the card from this list.

• Mobile Graphics: Anything with Nvidia's GeForce 400M series will have serious gaming muscle

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• Router: The Netgear RangeMax V1 emerged victorious from the Ultimate Router Battle

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• SSD: Kingston's SNV425-S2 64GB drive stood out by delivering blazing performance on the (relative) cheap.

Tablets

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• Tablet: Apple iPad

• eReader: Amazon Kindle DX

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• Android Tablet: Barnes & Noble Nook Color

Cameras

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• Budget dSLR: Canon T2i

• Midrange dSLR: Canon 7D

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• 'Spensive dSLR: Nikon D3s

• Point and Shoot: Canon S95 or Canon SD4000...check prices.

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• Pocket Camcorder: Flip Ultra HD, but only if you don't already have an iPhone 4. Otherwise, your smartphone's capturing better video than Flip's dedicated device—give your pockets some extra space.

• Phone Camera: iPhone 4

• Waterproof Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

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• Helmet/Sports Camera: GoPro Hero HD and ContourHD Surfboard Mount

Home Theater

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• 3DTV: Panasonic'sTC-P50VT20 topped the pile in our three-way shootout.

• Blu-ray Player: LG BD570 or PS3

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• Receiver: Pioneer VSX-1020-K

• Game Console/Media Extender: Xbox 360

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• Speakers: High quality sound doesn't need to cost a fortune—turns out there's a lot of great audio gear out there for less than $2,000. Audioengine's A5 speakers are $350 a pair, but pack serious sonic punch—and they're self-powered. Check out the rest of the roundup if you're looking to splurge a little more.