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10 Highly Anticipated Gadgets for 2011

2011 should be a great year for gadget lovers. From new “iPad killers” to 3D handheld gaming, we expect new innovations and improvements on perfection. Below are our picks for the 10 most highly anticipated gadgets in 2011.

1. Blackberry PlayBook

From what we know about Blackberry phones, RIM’s Blackberry PlayBook may very well be the most impressive non-iPad tablet to hit the market. Like Blackberry phones, the Playbook will be catered to the business market and will have a Dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and the ability to output 1080p video. Blackberry’s tablet also boasts what RIM calls “true multitasking” and Adobe Flash and Air support.

2. Nintendo 3DS

The device that rocked 2010’s E3 and 2011’s CES will finally hit the shelves this year. The Nintendo 3DS will give gamers the ability to play 3D games without requiring 3D glasses. Boasting graphical performance enhancements over early DS versions , the 3DS will have backward compatibility with their games.

Nissan pushing its Electric Car, the Leaf, hard

Nissan Leaf electric carAfter the infamous ‘death of the electric car’ (or was it murder?), the electric car has arisen from the dead, and now there are multiple models out there (ex: Tesla and Chevy Volt), with more on the way. What’s even better are all the perks that are being handed out with them in an effort to increase interest and sales.

Take the Nissan Leaf for example. Apart from the usual tax credit, Nissan is pushing the Leaf hard – to the point of sending reps out to visit potential buyers at home or calling them personally.

The Leaf costs about $33k, but with the various federal and state credits, that price could easily be more like $20-23k. The Nissan Leaf goes on sale in December.

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