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The winners of the 2011 Engadget Awards -- Editors' Choice (and enter to win an unlocked Galaxy Nexus!)


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Yesterday, we announced your selections for the 2011 Engadget Awards, and now we're back with our picks. Editors' Choice awardees are designated for each of the same 15 categories that you voted in earlier this month, but these results represent our own opinions, and are not influenced by your nominations. Naturally, there's some overlap here and there, but there are plenty of newcomers as well. As you can see in the teaser just below, we've included a brief summary for each product to give you an idea of what motivated our decisions, which you'll find just beside the rest of our favorite products once you click past the break.

Also, be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win an unlocked Galaxy Nexus -- courtesy of the folks at Negri Electronics. All the rules for entering await beyond the list of winners on the other side of the break.

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Smartphone of the Year: Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The Galaxy Nexus has a gorgeous 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display, excellent battery life and it's a top performer through and through. Oh, and it ships with Ice Cream Sandwich. We'll take two.

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Laptop of the Year: Apple MacBook Air

The ASUS Zenbook was a serious contender for 2011, but Apple's latest MacBook Air is the super-thin laptop to beat. It's sleek, slim and powerful enough to handle anything you throw its way.

Desktop of the Year: Apple iMac

Apple's iMac is the ultimate all-in-one -- we're particularly fond of the 27-inch model and its 2560 x 1440-pixel display. It also includes native support for adding two external 30-inch monitors, for one killer setup.

Tablet of the Year: Apple iPad 2

There was plenty of tablet competition this year, but Apple's latest slate bests them all in our books. Combined, various flavors of the Galaxy Tab make for a solid runner-up, so we'll be keeping a close eye on Samsung in 2012.

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E-reader of the Year: Amazon Kindle Fire

This tablet / e-reader hybrid costs $199. That's a tablet and an e-reader for less than 200 bucks. Amazon's loss leader is your win -- a very solid win at that.

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Digital Camera of the Year: Sony Alpha NEX-C3

Sony's NEX-C3 is an excellent performer, and at $549 with an 18-55mm lens, it's the best bargain out there. In fact, we thought it was such a great deal that we purchased one kit for every member of our CES hands-on team.

Wearable Device of the Year: WIMM One

Not everyone needs Android on their wrist, but if you do, you can't go wrong with the WIMM One. And at $200, it's a smaller investment than you might expect.

Game Console of the Year: Microsoft Xbox 360

The PlayStation Vita didn't make it to U.S. stores in 2011, and the Nintendo 3DS doesn't exactly win Console of the Year -- literally. We've been quite fond of the Xbox 360, and that hasn't changed. We're still in love.

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HDTV of the Year: Panasonic Viera VT30

Yeah, it supports 3D, but that's not what makes the Viera VT30 a winner. This THX-certified plasma packs a single-sheet glass panel and Panasonic's Infinite Black Pro2 filter -- all said, it's picture-perfect.

Peripheral of the Year: Lantronix xPrintServer

Want to bring those iPad pics to print without investing in an AirPrint-compatible device? Heck, why not. XPrintServer brings all of your networked printers within iOS's reach, with a $150 silver box.

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Transportation Product of the Year: Tesla Model S

Inside and out, the Tesla Model S is one sweet ride. There's a gorgeous 17-inch display in the dash, fast DC charging and a proposed $49,900 base price. Let's roll!

Worst Gadget of the Year: HTC Thunderbolt

It's never easy crowning a device "Worst Gadget of the Year," but HTC's Thunderbolt made the task slightly less grueling, thanks to its awful battery life, bulky design and inconsistent performance. A two-year contract means there's no early escape from this mistake.

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Audio Product of the Year: Sonos Play:3

Sonos has made a name for itself in the networked audio space, and the Play:3 reminds us of why. This cordless setup is easy to configure and offers excellent sound quality -- it starts at $299.

Robot of the Year: iRobot Roomba 700

We've seen our fair share of robots in 2011, but none are as practical as Roomba. iRobot's 700 Series has been refreshed in all the right places -- there's a new dirt concentration mode, a full bin indicator and a self-cleaning brush.

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Home Entertainment Product of the Year: Roku 2 XS

The Roku 2 XS is more of a great thing -- it costs no more than its predecessor, but offers a smaller footprint and a game remote. Oh, and then there's Angry Birds -- included in the $100 purchase price.

The rules:

  • Leave a comment below. Any comment will do. Duplicate entries will be filtered out and discarded, so adding additional comments won't increase your likelihood of winning.
  • You may only enter this specific giveaway once. If you enter this giveaway more than once you'll be automatically disqualified. (Yes, we have robots that thoroughly check to ensure fairness.)
  • Contest is open to all residents of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18 or older! Sorry, we don't make this rule (we hate excluding anyone), so be mad at our lawyers and contest laws if you have to be mad.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly. One winner will receive an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified by email. Winners must respond within three days of being contacted. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • This unit is purely for promotional giveaway. Negri Electronics and Engadget are not held liable to honor warranties or customer service.
  • Entries can be submitted until February 27, 2012 at 12:00PM ET. Good luck!
  • Full rules can be found here.

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