2006 Editors' Choice Awards
30 of our favorite new products & technologies for 2006
It's tough being an editor for a magazine like PCPhoto. Not that we don't love getting our hands on the latest gear, but trying to cover all of the excellent products that are introduced each year within our limited number of issues makes for some difficult decisions. That's one of the reasons we feature our annual Editors' Choice Awards in each December issue. It's our chance to highlight unique products that we feel can help make your experience with digital photography more enjoyable and successful.
We hope you'll discover handy solutions to your photographic challenges or a perfect gift for the photographer in the family—including yourself.
The Palm LifeDrive has built-in WiFi, direct transfer from your camera and almost 4 GB of storage space. A built-in expansion card slot supports SD, SDIO and Multimedia cards. With its WiFi connection, you can e-mail your images while waiting for a flight at the airport. The LifeDrive has support for Microsoft Office files and, with the purchase of an accessory car cradle, can serve as a GPS navigation system. List Price: $499. Contact: Palm, (800) 881-7256, www.palm.com.
Wacom Bluetooth Tablet
We like working without wires, so the Wacom Graphire Bluetooth tablet scores big wireless points with us. You get all the benefits of Wacom graphics tablets and the freedom to lean back and relax as you retouch photos. The rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery lasts up to 25 hours, and the universal power adapter can charge the tablet while in use. Included with the tablet is a wireless mouse with two programmable keys and a pressure-sensitive pen. List Price: $249. Contact: Wacom, (800) 922-9348, www.wacom.com.