Mobile & Wireless Slideshow: 10 Tech Toys That Mattered in 2010

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 12-22-2010

Apple iPad

The device, which boasts a 9.7-inch display and was recently updated with multitasking, ushered in the new era of tablets. And it's a key reason why netbooks aren't as popular as they once were.Worth considering in 2011? Yes

Apple iPad

Android

This smartphone operating platform came on strong in 2010, with a slew of products across various wireless carriers. Chances are, you didn't deploy Android in your enterprise in 2010.Worth considering in 2011? Yes

Android

Apple iPhone 4

The only issues are: the device reportedly had antenna problems, and it's only available on a single carrier, AT&T, in the U.S. If Apple can fix its antenna design for the next iPhone, and the device becomes available on Verizon as expected in 2011, you might just have a winner on your hands. Worth considering in 2011? Yes

Apple iPhone 4

Motorola Droid Pro

When Motorola announced and launched the Droid Pro, an Android-based smartphone designed specifically for enterprise customers, it may have changed the game for you. The device features a physical keyboard and a more enterprise-friendly version of Android. Worth considering in 2011? Yes

Motorola Droid Pro

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RIM's BlackBerryThis smartphone remains popular in the enterprise. Chances are, many of your employees are already using a BlackBerry. As RIM's lead over other OS providers declined in 2010, you undoubtedly started thinking about whether the BlackBerry will fit in your plans going forward.Worth considering in 2011? Yes

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Windows 7

When Microsoft first released Windows Vista, most companies realized it wasn't worth deploying. And in the process, they chose to stick with Windows XP. That was still very much the case when Windows 7 was first announced. In 2010, it quickly became clear that Microsoft's latest operating system is viable after all. And more companies have started migrating to it.Worth considering in 2011? Yes

Windows 7

Google Chrome

Internet Explorer reigns supreme in the browser market. And for the foreseeable future, that will likely continue. But 2010 was the year that CIOs started investigating Google's Chrome browser. And going forward, Chrome could be a major winner in the browser space.Worth considering in 2011? Yes

Google Chrome

Google Business Apps

This service may not deliver the same experience that companies get from the desktop-based Office, but that might not matter to companies much longer. Google made some important enhancements to Business Apps in 2010, and solidified its position as the best Web-based productivity option for companies looking to go that route.Worth considering in 2011? Yes

Google Business Apps

Cisco Cius

This tablet isn't available, but as soon as the tech company announced plans to deliver an Android-based tablet, CIOs started listening. The Cius will integrate into existing Cisco infrastructure. Worth considering in 2011? Yes

Cisco Cius

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

This tablet, due on the market in 2011, is designed with enterprise customers in mind. According to RIM, it will feature BlackBerry Enterprise Server support, which should only help its chances of attracting CIOs in the coming year.Worth considering in 2011? Yes

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook