Archive for August, 2010

Online applications (also known as web applications or webware) are getting more popular, particularly when broadband Internet access has become more common and readily available to more users. With online applications and services, you do not need to download and install them into your computer for using them—you just need to open up a browser and access them online. So everybody know Google Spreadsheet, Yahoo mail, Flickr, Youtube, Gmail, Delicious, Facebook, Blogger etc, but here is the list of the less know best free online applications and services you can get on the web.

Doodle.com

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Doodle, is one of the Best Free Meeting Scheduler available today and a brilliant way to organize a meeting that suits everyone to get together to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or new job with a group of close friends and family, or to get together with a few colleagues.

clockingit.com

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ClockingIT, the Best Free Project Management Online tool to manage your projects with timelines and assigning tasks, view the overall progress with an interactive gantt chart and scheduling, run flexible reports or get notifications via email and more.

CeeVee.com

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No one enjoys job hunting. From creating résumés to going on interviews, the entire process is a giant headache. CeeVee can help with the former. The site describes itself as “quick and painless résumé management,” which is, in fact, fairly apparent. CeeVee offer a customizable easy-to-use résumé template. Once you’re finished, the site will host it for perspective employers. You can also save it as a downloadable PDF or share it via Twitter and Facebook.

Mint.com

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If you need help managing your finances, give Mint.com a try. This Intuit-owned site lets you keep track of your bank accounts, credit cards, loans, investments, and more, all in the same place. And best of all, the site is free to use, so it won’t cost you, well, a mint.

Picnik.com

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A site so good, Google went and bought it, Picnik is an online image editing, sharing, and storage site. It also integrates shopping, like letting you buy prints of your edited pics on merchandise. It’s free and easy to use; power users will find the extras worth the yearly price tag of $25 .

Meebo.com

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If you need quick access to instant messages from any browser, or you want full featured messaging as good as you’d get with desktop-based multi-protocol client software, then you go to Meebo. It’s that simple.

Flockdraw.com

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Don’t let the “collaborative whiteboard” description intimidate you-FlockDraw is no Google Wave. It’s a big blank canvas that you and your friends can draw on together in real-time, with different brushes, colors, and tools. We spent most of our session trying to out gross each other with pictures, but I’m sure there are some practical applications for FlockDraw, too.

ROC (Online Music Creator)

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Got the skills to make beautiful music but lack the tools? Aviary, already home of some excellent online apps, wants to help with the new Roc music creator. It simulates lots of instruments and lets you create loops of melody that could be the beginning of some beautiful, customized music.

Box.net

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You want to share documents? Free or paid, individual or business, Box (which used to go by Box.net) is the site to check out for using the cloud (read: the Internet) to store your stuff, secure your stuff, and share stuff with others. It has collaborative tools, file syncing, works with Google Docs, and you can access it on a smartphone.

Dimdim.com

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If you want to have an online collaborative meeting, and you don’t want to install software or deal with Java apps, check out Web-based Dimdim. It might actually make a work meeting fun. Almost.

Drop.io

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If you need to send someone a huge file or files (that amount to less than 100MB), drop it or them on Drop.io. You’ll get an URL to send out for easy downloading by others. You can password protect the file, and make sure it disappears in a day, a week, or a year. Upgrade and you can take even more control of your drops.

TinyChat.com

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TinyChat as a quick-and-dirty way of setting up instant Web-based group chat. Now, if you’ve got cameras all around, up to 12 people can simultaneously broadcast to the group, as well. Isn’t that cool especially when it does it free.

Thinklinkr.com

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Thinklinkr, is a great tool to organize ideas and information in outlines, and allow for multiple users to edit them in real time, with useful features including auto save, drag and drop, import and export, and a lot more.

Longman

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LDOCE, an online version of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, provides a quick search for a word or phrase, with widgets available for adding to your browser search bar, blog or personal website.

Stay Tuned for “Part – 2” next week, when I bring some more excellent websites which will treat you for free …

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The times, they keep changing and evolving. When haven’t they been? But change isn’t always good. Good technologies and products usually survive; poor ones usually go extinct. But not all of the technologies and tech products that have swirled down the drain of the tech gene pool deserved their fate. Here are some such tech items we have missed or going to miss forever…

MP3 Players

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Sure, we’ll still have portable devices that can play MP3s, but a few years from now they’ll all be cell phones. Even the once-mighty iPod is no longer a growth product for Apple; in fact, iPod sales are now declining in double-digit percentages. It probably won’t be long before Apple gives up on the thing, what with the far fatter profit margin that the iPhone offers, but consumers will lose out in the bargain. After all, wouldn’t it be nice to listen to a song or two without having to pay 50 bucks a month?

Napster

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This is the one that started it all: The peer-to-peer network let you share your music collection with anybody in the world, and more importantly, get all the world’s music tracks downloaded to your computer. The only problem: Sharing digital assets this way was decreed to be illegal, which was not helped by the fact that on the original Napster, you couldn’t pay for music even if you wanted to. Napster was summarily shut down by the authorities. The brand has since been resurrected as a paid music site. It’s not the same.

Wires

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No I am not kidding 🙂 Try to buy communications equipment today–it’s all wireless. Wireless networks, cellular phones, Bluetooth headsets. We say, bring back wires. Wired communications are faster, cheaper, and less prone to interference and don’t need batteries. Want to make a clear phone call? Pick up an ordinary telephone with a good old coiled handset cord. Want really fast networking? Use wired Ethernet for a gigabit a second. We like portability, but our lust for cord-free technology has gone too far.

Optical Drives

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Suppose that you need to install some software on several computers. You could download a copy from an FTP site, copy it to a thumb drive, and then carry that thumb drive from one computer to another, pausing at each waystation for drivers to install and for Windows to recognize the thing. Or you could grab a labeled, archivable application CD, pop it into each computer’s optical drive, and handle the task that way (assuming that they have such a drive). And don’t get us started on the agony of trying to watch a movie on your laptop without having a drive on your laptop.

The Concorde

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Many of us thought that one day, when we were millionaires, we’d take a jaunt around the world on the supersonic jet. If you’re still waiting for fortune to knock on your door, you’re too late: the Concorde stopped flying in 2003, victim of economic factors and the aftermath of its only fatal crash. It’s ironic that as aeronautical technology has moved ever forward, the only supersonic aircraft the public could fly on has been retired. Now all of us, rich and poor alike, have to obey the pedestrian speed limit of sound.

Dumb Phones

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Your phone has a camera, a GPS device, a compass, voice control, a stock market tracker, a weather center, a calculator, a music player, video game controls, an e-mail management system, a Web browser, an instant messaging client, a restaurant review navigator, a Twitter feed, Facebook, an e-book reader, a happy-hour locator, a virtual DJ, and a sushi identification system. That’s all great. But once in a while, we’d just like to make a phone call. Did you know Nokia has sold 600 millions of handsets, each good for nothing more than making phone calls.

Microsoft Windows

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From the over-the-top marketing campaigns to the soothing default backgrounds to the dulcet startup sounds, what’s not to like about Microsoft Windows? Again, don’t answer that. But mock it all you want, Windows has served lots of people reasonably well over the years. Now the twilight of the OS is approaching, as the cloud consumes more and more of what we used to need our computers to do (explainer: Cloud Computing). From Webmail to hosted apps, online conveniences have rendered full-fledged computers unnecessary for many former users, who can get by with a Linux netbook or a Mac. We’ll miss it one day most of all 🙂

MySpace

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We hasten to say: MySpace is horrible. We certainly won’t miss the gaudy wasteland that fills 99 percent of MySpace space. Rather, we’re going to miss the original idea underlying this social network–of a place where in theory you might go to find out where your favorite band is playing, listen to their latest tracks, hear a comic try out a few new jokes, and maybe keep in touch with your friends. Instead, MySpace has become a useless (and dying) magnet for spammers, clueless preteens, and attention addicts, none of whom seem to be in on the joke.

Pay Phones

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Every horror movie fan knows the drill: When things get dire, there’s no cell phone signal; or if there is, the battery dies within a couple of minutes or Cell Phone Battery Explodes in the Night. If only FBI could come up with a system of publicly accessible telephones that accepted pocket change and let citizens make calls from any street corner in any country. Alas, the telephone companies have largely dismantled the country’s pay-phone system, though you may still find a few phones in an airport or railway station. Worst of all, the remaining pay-phone stations sit idle and ignored. Whatever happened to turning old phone kiosks into Wi-Fi hotspots idea ?

Manned space exploration

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It’s been 33 years since humans have set foot on the moon or journeyed beyond the close orbit of the Earth. In other words, we’ve stopped exploring. Sure, robotic spaceships and Mars rovers are adding to our knowledge of the universe, but the last people to explore the final frontier are past retirement age–and so are the engineers who put them there. In other words, next time we go into space, we’re going to have to retrain people from scratch. There may be no firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to be in space or to build a space vehicle. This is progress? Hahaha, I laugh all the times when scientists say we have 70% of our earth un-explored, than what the hell are these scientists wasting known earth resources in finding un-discovered planets, first find what’s un-discovered on earth…

Good Manners

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So finally there you are, pouring your soul out to your best friend over a cocktail, and just when you hit the meat of your story, he reaches into his pocket, pulls out his cell phone, and starts looking through his text messages and e-mail. Sure, he’s nodding along while you relate your tragic tale…but is he really listening or just arranging a hook-up for later. Being connected by technology means never being out of touch with anyone else…and the rise of texting makes simultaneously carrying on multiple conversations less obvious than it would be via voice. That doesn’t make it right of course, but…hey, you can keep talking while I check this message. You see all these people on the road hanging to there mobile and gadgets all the time, everytime, I too love tech, but before that – there is more beautiful things to see and be heard, so the next time you hang out with your close friends and family give the technology some rest and have a Great Time !!

I give a shot analyzing best digital cameras ranked by some of the best digital camera reviews from almost all of the digital camera experts online.Since the dawn of the era of digital cameras, they have always remained hot favorites for gadget-lovers around the world. But in the past decade or so, as they become more and more inexpensive. Are you one of those, planning to buy a digital camera this year, but cannot single out the best option? Then this roundup may help you in your quest to pick the best of the lot.

@ No 10) Olympus Stylus 9000

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It is great combination of style, quality and technology. Available in Sepia, Black & White color; it gets perfect pictures with 12 mega pixels Optical Sensor resolution. It has 5x Digital Zoom, Frame movie shooting mode, many Shooting Programs like Landscape , Night scene , Anti shake , Beach/snow , Portrait mode , Self-portrait , Sports mode, Night portrait. It has 45 MB integrated memory storage. You can enjoy 2.7 inch TFT active matrix LCD display.

9) Fujifilm FinePix F50fd

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As the replacement for the Fujifilm F30/F31fd, a camera that has reached an almost legendary status since its launch back in 2006, the Fujifilm F50fd has some big shoes to fill. If anything deserves to be called a ‘classic’ camera in the shortlived world of digital compact cameras it would have to be the Fujifilm F30/F31fd. It wasn’t very pretty, it wasn’t very feature packed and it wasn’t even very cheap. But the F30/F31fd produced some of the best results we’ve ever seen in a compact camera, and was leaps and bounds ahead of all its competitors when it came to low light / high ISO performance, proving that just because a camera has a small sensor it doesn’t have to be completely useless at anything over ISO 400. The F30/F31fd’s outstanding performance in low light was the result of some clever technology (Super CCD sensor and Real Photo Processor) on the one hand and Fujifilm’s admirable refusal to succumb to the pressure to compete in the ‘megapixel race’. In an almost unique attempt to optimize image quality (rather than marketing potential) they limited the F30/F31fd’s resolution to 6 megapixels, on a sensor that is slightly bigger than the competition’s.

8) Casio EXILIM EX-FH100

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Are you an avid sports-lover and want to capture those memorable moments with your own digicam? For serious/wannabe sports photographers, the EXILIM EX-FH100 high-speed camera offers users a maximum burst rate of 40 shots per second and 1,000 fps for high-speed video recording. Other features include the ability to capture 10.1 megapixel images, a wide-angle 24mm 10x optical zoom lens, a 3.0-inch LCD display, and a mini HDMI output for easy video transfer.

7) Nikon Coolpix P90

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The Nikon Coolpix P90 is another super-zoom camera, offering a 24x optical lens with a 26-624mm focal length. Nikon’s Vibration Reduction image stabilisation system helps to avoid the inevitable effects of camera-shake when using the longer focal lengths or in low-light, while the P90’s new 3 inch tilting LCD screen makes image composition more versatile. Other key features include a 1cm macro mode, electronic viewfinder, PASM shooting modes, and an extensive ISO range of 64-6400

6) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 (also known as the DMC-TS2) is a new robust digital camera that is waterproof to 33 feet (10m), shockproof from a height of up to 10 feet (2m), freezeproof to 14 F (-10 C) and dustproof. A protective silicon jacket is included in the box to help protect the DMC-FT2’s exterior from scratches. The Panasonic FT2 also offers a 14.1 megapixel sensor, fast Sonic Speed auto-focus system, a shutter release time lag of just 0.005 second and a thicker cover panel for the LCD screen. Other key features include a 28mm wide-angle 4.6x optical zoom lens, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, high-definition movies, and new High Dynamic and Happy modes. The Panasonic FT2 / TS2 will be available in silver, blue, orange and yellow.

5) Nikon CoolPix S1000pj

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This compact killer camera gives competitors run for their life with its quality and innovative projector feature. It has incredible 12.1 mega pixel resolution, wide 2.7 inch LCD monitor and very intelligent portrait system. Integrated project has given absolute new meaning to image share, absolutely any surface can be used to project images. It can stand strong for about one hour on single battery. VGA quality 680×480 pixels, images can be projected.

4) Samsung DualView TL225

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It is incredibly handy compact camera with innovative front and rear LCD touch screens. It’s an excellent quality camera designed to meet ever need of lively photographer. It has wide 3.5 inch touch screen to enjoy colorful display images, with 1.5 inch front display to help you take perfect shots to cherish forever. It has 5x digital zoom and 4.6x optical zoom. A smart HDMI connector helps image, HD video viewing on HDTV or any HD monitor. This power compact camera has 55MB built-in memory with 4GM microSD card or 8GB micro SDHC card.

3) Canon PowerShot G11 (upgraded)

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The Canon PowerShot G11 is the newest member of Canon’s serious compact camera range. It is aimed at those amateurs who want DSLR functionality without the added bulk. With 10 megapixels, Canon targets image quality with the combination of this new “high-sensitivity sensor” and the DIGIC 4 image processor. According to Canon, this has resulted in a 2-stop increase in image quality compared to its predecessor G10, at least with an ISO range of 80-3200 and faster 6400 and 12800 settings at 2.5 megapixels. The G11’s LCD monitor is a vari-angle screen of size 2.8 inches. Other key highlights of the Canon G11 include the 5x, 28-140mm zoom lens, RAW shooting mode, optical image stabilizer to help combat camera-shake, optical viewfinder, flash hotshoe, 1cm macro mode, and full range of manual shooting modes.

2) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is an innovative super-zoom compact camera, offering a 20x optical zoom range (28-560mm) and a G branded lens that was originally developed for the Sony Alpha DSLR family. The 9 megapixel Sony HX1 features a new Sony-developed Exmor CMOS sensor which promises to deliver outstanding images with reduced noise, and the powerful BIONZ image processor supports full-resolution shooting at a remarkable 10 frames per second. Other standout highlights include 1080/30p HD movies, a 3.0 inch tilt-angle LCD screen, and a new Sweep Panorama mode which captures extra-wide landscapes easily and quickly.

1) Canon PowerShot SD940 IS

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Sleek, light weighted, ultra compact features makes Canon SD940 IS a top seeded camera of 2010.available in four stunning colors black, blue, silver and brown with intelligent smart auto sensing technology. It is designed for high definition video recording in 720p with 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution. It comes with integrated HDMI connector and 2.7inch wide LCD screen gives sheer joy of viewing.

Who don’t like widget’s ? Widgets are definitely a great way to add some flare and uniqueness to your blog. Whether you’d like to show your live blog traffic stats or show your visitors which sites have recently linked to your web site, you can do it with widgets. So if you are blogging using wordpress/blogger/typepad or anywhere else here is the list of 50 great blog add-ons that will add color to your blog, surely overdoing it by dressing up your blog with too many widgets looks crappy, so choose the right one for your blog, the list begins now:

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    3Jam

– This widget let’s your visitors send messages to your mobile phone, without them knowing your phone number.

    LinkedInABox

– Show off your LinkedIn profile. Perfect for personal blogs.

    Box Widget

– Enable visitors to use box.net’s online storage directly on your web site.

    Price of gas

– Displaying gas prices on your blog might seem unnecessary to some, but it’s cool if you have a traffic/travel related blog.

    iBegin Weather Widget

– Display weather information in your sidebar. Just like with Price of Gas, works great with travel-related blogs.

    ClockLink

– Display time in various time zones with these nifty Flash clocks.

    Film Loops

– Display the latest loops from your FilmLoops account.

    Daily Painters

– Display paintings from famous painters on your blog.

Jaxtr

– With Jaxtr, your visitors can actually call you to your mobile phone; again, your number stays private.

    WhoLinked

– Show your visitors which sites have recently linked to your web site. Works with all major blog platforms.

    Criteo AutoRoll

– Displays links to blogs similar to your blog.

    Bitty Browser

– Dmbed a cute, fully functional mini web browser to your blog.

    Leafletter

– Create a mini website and embed it into your blog.

    MyBlogLog’s Recent Readers

– This widget can easily be called a hit amongst blog owners; its popularity even managed to convince Yahoo into buying MyBlogLog. The widget lets you see the avatars of recent visitors to your blog, provided they’re also members of MyBlogLog.

    Mashable

– Get the latest social networking news from this very site.

    Flickr Flash Photo Stream Badge

– Display images from your Flickr profile with a handy Flash photo stream.

– See a live preview of outgoing links in a small popup which activates on mouseover. Some find this annoying, while others might find it useful.

    Twitter Badge

– If your life is so interesting that everyone must know what you’re up to all the time, then a Twitter badge is the ideal counterpart to your blog. It’ll proudly displays your recent tweets.

    Digg News

– Display the latest Digg links on your blog. Themeable and fully customizable.

    FEEDJIT

– Real time traffic data directly in your blog’s sidebar.

    LineBuzz

– Inline comments for your blog. Very handy for blogs with frequent lively discussions.

    Flixn

– Display a stream directly from your webcam, so your blog visitors can always see what you’re up to.

– Search Wikipedia with this simple widget.

– Show off the number of visitors to your blog with this handy little button.

– Display the number of links your website has from one of the biggest blog authorities – Technorati.

– Another good way to show how “big” your blog is is to show off your Google PageRank.

– In addition to showing your PageRank, this widget also shows your Alexa ranking.

– Embed a link to related videos directly into your website.

– Display your Skype online/offline status on your blog.

– Not something I would personally use, but some people are into horoscope. Hell, most people are into horoscope. Anyway, this widget shows horoscope (doh!) and does it in a nicely designed colorful box.

– A widget that displays auctioned items on eBay, and gives you a percentage of the price paid when sometimes buys an item.

– Similar to AuctionAds, only for Amazon. Create a mini-store on your site and receive profit when someone buys an item through your store.

– Show your current location on a Plazes map.

– Track your portfolio with this widget, and share it with others. Let everyone know how much money you’ve lost.

– The world’s best sharing button

– Your friends never know what to buy you for birthday? Let them know what you really want with this nifty widget.

– Wee where are the visitors to your MySpace profile from on a map.

– Display how many times have del.icio.us users saved your page.

– This badge shows your latest bookmarks from del.icio.us.

– Need to create a timeline? Seek no further. This widget makes it really easy.

– Display a searchable Google Map on your website.

– Add a video search form and selected videos to your web site.

    StreamPad

– Display an Audio player for and import music from Last.fm and AOL music right there in your sidebar.

– PollDaddy lets you create beautiful polls in no time, and display them at your blog.

– Don’t like the above one, try another poll-making widget, compatible with all major blog platforms.

– Display definitions from Answers.com for various terms on your blog. The definitions are shown in bubbles which are activated on doubleclick.

– Give your visitors a chance to enter a term themselves, and get a definition from Answers.com

– If you got to share your current playlist contents with the world, Sigamp will do the trick. Works with most popular music players, including Foobar, Winamp, iTunes and others.

– Display headlines from your RSS feed on any website.

– Show off the latest books you’ve been reading.

– Let your most faithful visitors access their address books direclty from your site.

That’s a whole lot of them to choose from for your blog.. phew !! Post there are hundreds of them (http://www.widgetbox.com/) which one is your favorite, post a comment..

Summer of the smartphone as began again, the pace of smartphone innovation in the world has gone wild, and super-duper handheld computers are breaking out all over. While the iPhone vs. Google Android battle is clearly the headliner of the moment, there’s a lot of action in the under card as well. So here are the best 10 smartphones – for the moment – with every one a winner. What’s mind-boggling about this list is that it’s sure to change within weeks. New top-of-the-line Android phones from Samsung are coming, BlackBerry is teasing their new OS 6, and also been playing with prototypes of Windows Phone 7. So here are the best 10 smartphones to grab for the moment..

1) iPhone 4

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The top smartphone is more smart than phone, but its reception problems don’t outweigh its excellent OS, sharp camera, fast processor, great app ecosystem and amazing screen.

2) Motorola Droid X

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This Google Android-powered behemoth has a huge screen, great call quality, a fast processor and works as a Wi-Fi hotspot for all of your gadgets.

3) HTC EVO 4G

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The first 4G, WiMax phone, the HTC EVO gives Sprint users fast connections and great Android power, at the cost of battery life.

4) Samsung Captivate

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AT&T’s best non-iPhone is an Android super-phone with a brilliant screen and terrific media capabilities.

5) Samsung Vibrant

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The Captivate’s sibling on T-Mobile is that carrier’s top smartphone, and its Super AMOLED screen must be seen to be believed.

6) HTC Droid Incredible

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If the Droid X is too big for your hands, the Droid Incredible delivers almost the same amount of power in a much more comfortable form factor.

7) iPhone 3GS

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Still on the market, the tried-and-true 3GS gives you access to 225,000 iOS applications on a platform that’s had a year to work out its kinks.

8) BlackBerry Bold 9700

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The only phone on this list from the number-one smartphone maker, this is a solid, traditional choice for messaging maniacs.

9) Palm Pre Plus

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Palm’s WebOS software is so much fun to use, glad to see that HP has promised to “double down” on the operating system that made this phone a star.

10) HTC HD2

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Windows Mobile 6 makes a valedictory appearance on a gorgeous slab of high-end hardware, but all the megahertz in the world can’t cloak the fact that this operating system is old news.

So that was the list of the Best Ten Smart Phones to grab this Season…