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Moves 20-22: 3 must-have gadgets
Moves 20-22: 3 must-have gadgets
Molly Wood is a tech guru and executive editor at CNET. Here are her latest best-value picks in three consumer-electronics categories.

20. Tablet computer
Apple iPad 2 ($499 for a 16GB model, Wi-Fi only)
"The new iPad is the least expensive 10-inch tablet you can buy now, plus the only one that's not slightly in beta. It's the gold standard."

21. Video camera
Canon Vixia HF200 ($650 to $700)
"This is last year's model, so you can get a great price. It has HD video and lots of manual controls_ a steal for $700 or less."

22. Smartphone
HTC Thunderbolt (Android; $249 with two-year Verizon contract) "It isn't cheap, but because it's 4G, you won't need to upgrade for quite a while. And the Verizon network and Android operating system will just keep getting better."

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