cybernet awards 2008-1.pngFor this installment of the 2008 CyberNet Awards we are taking a look at some of my Favorite New Gadgets that I’ve purchased throughout the year. I think most of the ones on my list weren’t released this year, but they are new to me and I wanted to share my thoughts on them.

Without further ado here are my favorite new gadgets…

–5th Place: Xbox 360

I finally got an Xbox 360 this year, but the main reason is probably not one that you’d expect. Sure it’s nice being able to play Halo 3 and some other games online with my friends, but in the end I got an Xbox 360 for it’s Media Center Extender capabilities. Using the console I’m able to stream shows from my living room Vista Media Center PC into the bedroom.

–4th Place: Kodak W1020 Digital Frame

I’ve been waiting forever for someone to release a digital picture frame that had both WiFi and Flickr support, and the Kodak W1020 is almost perfect in that respect. It can stream photos without needing a memory card from either a PC or your Flickr account using the built-in WiFi connection. The only improvement that I’d like to see is a way to have it randomize the photos that it wirelessly pulls in, and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that a feature like that will be added with a simple firmware update.

P.S. Firmware updates are done directly on the digital frame as long as it can connect to the Internet via WiFi. So you don’t even have to hook it up to a computer to update it! Pretty cool.

–3rd Place: MacBook Pro

Ashley and I both decided that 2008 was the year for us to become acquainted with Mac computers, and so we went out and bought a pair of MacBook Pro’s in the Spring. They are far from being a budget computer, but there’s no doubt that they are made very well.

It took a few weeks for us to warm up to the new operating system after having been Windows users for nearly all of our lives. We are happy to have the opportunity to tinker with both Mac and Windows operating systems each day just so that we can stay on top of the latest technology being developed from both sides.

–2nd Place: Canon Rebel XSi

I’ve only had this camera for about a week, but I’ve already fallen in love with it. Up until this point I’ve really only had point-and-shoot cameras that have been fairly straightforward to use. I finally decided that it was time for me to go one step further with the hopes of taking some amazing photos.

I ended up receiving the camera on Christmas Eve about an hour before our Christmas party was going to begin. I originally thought I was going to have more time to get familiar with some of the advanced functionality of the camera before diving right in, but that wasn’t the case. I didn’t want to risk getting blurry photos so for that night I stuck primarily with the automatic mode that is on the camera, and I have to admit that some of the photos it was able to capture were rather remarkable. I can’t wait to see what I’m able to do once I tinker with some of the manual settings, and get a few different lenses.

–1st Place: iPhone 3G

I know I know… we’ve already included this on a few of our other lists. The reason I wanted to include the iPhone 3G on this list is different than what we’ve mentioned thus far.

Each weekday I commute to and from downtown Chicago for my job via the train. It’s about a 40 minute train ride each way, and I couldn’t imagine not having the iPhone during that time. I often find myself listening to podcasts while also playing a game, reading some news, chatting with friends, looking for interesting restaurants, and much more. With the thousands of games and apps available on the iPhone I’m able to keep myself occupied for hours and hours each week, and it’s hands-down the gadget I use the most. Heck, I’m looking at the screen on my iPhone more in a weeks time than I watch TV.

–And Your Winners–

Now it is time for you to chime in! Let us know in the comments what earned your “Favorite New Gadget” award.