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The Tablet PC never appealed to the mainstream, but the innovative hybrid design of the HP tc1100 served me well in my mobile work. The ability to pop the 10-inch screen off the keyboard turned the tc1100 into the thinnest, lightest full Windows computer of all time. The active digitizer made the tc1100 into the perfect note taking machine, while the ability to snap it onto the keyboard to form a full laptop computer made it highly versatile.
The EVO 4G is the only modern day gadget on this list, due to the impact it has made on my life. The first smartphone with 4G (WiMAX) connectivity, the EVO 4G with the large 4.3-inch screen is still a real workhorse of a handheld device. The EVO was one of the first with the big screen, and the high-speed connectivity was groundbreaking, and has led to a number of like configured phones.