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The Best of CES 2012 award went to LG for its 55EM9800 OLED TV. The highlights were the absolute black level performance, an ultrafast panel, and excellent viewing angles in this 4mm thick frame. Plus, there's no need for backlighting.
One of the reasons the TV won the award was for its promise to ship in Q3 of 2012. Well, we're still waiting.
2011 winner: Motorola Xoom. In a show that featured tablets, this one came out on top of the pack. The Xoom was powered by Android Honeycomb on hardware that included a dual-core processor, 4G-compatibility, HDMI out, and front- and back-facing cameras.
But things didn't pan out for Motorola and the Xoom. First year sales were very disappointing as this tablet couldn't crack the dominance of Apple's iPad and the quick technological advances going on. You could tell it was going downhill by its sales price. Originally sold for around $800 when it was released in Feb. 2011, it could be bought for $200 just a year later.
2010 winner: 3D HDTV was the theme and Panasonic was the big winner with its first-ever attempt at 3D televisons. More important was Panasonic's decision to require the viewer to wear 3D glasses to view the content. This was another first for the industry.