Best of CES: The winners Video
Best of CES: The winners Video Transcript
>> Molly Wood: Hi, I'm Molly Wood from CNET.com here at the CES stage where we are about to give out the Best of CES awards for the year 2009. It's been an exciting category. Our CNET Editors have worked hard to choose the best finalist and ultimately the winners in a range of category, including Best of Show and the People's Voice. All the awards are lined up behind me and now it's just a matter of finding out who won. I am here with Brian Cooley, Editor at Large and host and MC of the Best of CES awards. What is standing out to you so far about this year's awards?
>> Brian Cooley: You know Molly, everything got connected this year so we finally saw as we have [inaudible] so many times at CNET this idea of living in the cloud is coming and redefining everything. And so many of the things we're giving awards to this year connect to the internet to make themselves better.
>> Molly Wood: Are there any standouts do you think? Is this going to be easy in certain categories?
>> Brian Cooley: Some categories are relatively clear if you were to look at them. Other categories I think are going to be nail biters and are going to surprise some people.
>> Molly Wood: Let's get to the winners. In the category everyone was waiting for, the Palm Pre out buzzed the LG Watchphone to take home the prize.
>> Brian Cooley: And the winner in the Best of CES in the phones category is -- give it to Palm.
>> Molly Wood: So okay, there you are with the cell phone category. Did you think it was all sewn up when LG announced the Watchphone?
>> No I didn't. You know we really like to look for products that actually might be available [inaudible] come out in the market. And LG Watchphone is a great concept but looked at that and said "When is that really going to be available to consumers?" So we want it to be readily available to consumers and relatively soon.
>> Molly Wood: So did Palm make it pretty easy for you? Was that announcement seem like it was -- pretty much a done deal, at least to me?
>> Well the announcement of the carrier was great and we would love to be able to know a hard date and be able to get like you know a date, "Here it's going to go on sale," and pricing. Didn't get that, but we are excited, has a carrier and we'll see it in the first half of this year. So we do know it's coming and it will come at some point so we're excited about that.
>> Molly Wood: The Panasonic G10 Series wins for television. It's internet connected of course. It also features Amazon Video on Demand and other content and it's super energy efficient. Blu-ray hit the primetime this year at CES and Samsung's beautiful internet connected Blu-ray player and home theater system streams Pandora, Netflix, it's WiFi ready: it can even dock your iPod. Other winners include the internet connected of course Tom Tom GO 740 Live GPS unit, the cool touch screen Samsung P3 MP3 player and Nyko wins for a second year in a row with their wireless Nyko Wand for the Nintendo Wii. But now for the big award: Best in Show. No surprises here. It's the Palm Pre, the biggest announcement of CES and the possible savior of Palm. Hey the Pre also took home the People's Voice award for a clean sweep. So congratulations. Pretty much a clean sweep here at the Best of CES awards.
>> Yes, thank you. We're very excited. We're very happy to be at CES. We're very happy to have our new launch and really re-launch the company here at CES.
>> Molly Wood: Now was it killing you before the show, everybody was saying "This is Palm's last chance and what are they going to do and are they going to blow it?" Were you just like "We've got it?"
>> Yeah, we were definitely doing a little snickering behind the scenes. We've kept it really under wraps. Definitely it's been a new -- new experience at Palm to really keep this thing under wraps and really crank it out in a way that we've never done before.
>> Molly Wood: And there you have it. Another Best of CES ceremony is in the can. The 2009 awards have been handed out: one runaway product and some really amazing finalists and of course a lot of hard work by everybody. I'm Molly Wood for CNET.com and we'll see you next year.
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