Top Six Gadgets of the Year

Apple iPad 2
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3. Apple iPad 2

Released in late March, the Apple iPad 2 was a worthy follow-up to the original iPad. The sequel has a faster processor, a front and back camera, and a crisp screen that’s viewable from a side angle. I still remember standing in line to buy the iPad 2—since Apple is a little weird about sending new gadgets to journalists. When I arrived at Walmart, there was a teenager sitting in a chair. He was surrounded by about 15 puzzled adults and one empty chair. I quickly sat down. Turns out, this Walmart only had two models in stock, but they didn’t explain that only the people sitting in the chairs could buy one. Score!