The niche smartphone: Samsung Galaxy Mega
$99 from Sprint
with a contract
and Sprint are hardly sleeper picks in the "adding value to consumer electronics" draft. But what is important this year is how targeted today's portable device market has become. I have been particularly impressed with the early experience of Samsung's Galaxy Mega -- a "tween" portable device close to smartphone and a tablet.
Originally, I mocked what appeared to be nothing more than a 6.32-inch screen smartphone. But factor in the badass processor, crazy-long battery life and global functionality and I found this surprisingly light, right-sized, smallish tablet to be just the thing for screen-intensive tasks such as gaming and working with documents and video. For sure, a plug-in or Bluetooth headset is a must. This Mega is a mega beast to hold to one's ear. But give it its moment and you'll feel the new truth in mobile devices: The age where one phone -- even an iPhone -- can rule a market is over .