Smartphone: iPhone 3GS
CRN editors had some discussion as to whether to even include the smartphone as a category this year, given the fact that most of the top manufacturers seem to release a new one every hour on the hour. (That's an exaggeration, for those keeping track.) Still, it's been one of the most proficient segments of the technology market. We did consider Motorola's Droid phone, which introduced the Android 2.0 operating system to a larger audience than had ever before seen it. But, ultimately, we had to tip our cap to Apple for its iPhone 3GS -- a device that added video and significant software improvements to the company's smartphone platform. When considered against the backdrop of Apple's wildly successful iTunes App Store, and a significant price cut this year in the lineup, the iPhone 3GS topped the list for 2009. Given the wide acceptance of the iPhone's support of Exchange, and entry of vendors including Salesforce.com, Autodesk and other enterprise veterans into the iPhone platform, look for it to remain strong for business in 2010 as well.