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Best Travel Gadgets 2011

Courtesy of Kodak

Honorable Mentions

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27K Ideal for big group and panorama shots, this pocketable 16.1-megapixel point-and-shoot offers a superb (and usually pricey) 28 mm wide-angle Leica lens at an affordable price. $230; panasonic.com.

Smartphone: LG Revolution This is the year of 4G (devices that connect to these speedy data networks are popping up all over), but this Android phone takes it one step further by letting you share your superfast hot spot with up to eight devices. lg.com.

Laptop: HP Pavilion dm1z An 11.6-inch laptop that’s fast and full of functionality for less than $500? It’s the poor man’s MacBook Air. $450; hp.com.

E-Reader: Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color If you want to read magazines (Travel + Leisure included) along with your e-books, but don’t want to pony up for an iPad, the touch-screen Nook is the perfect fit. $249; barnesandnoble.com.

Video Camera: Kodak Playsport Video Camera 2x5 Water-, shock-, and dust-proof, it’s the ultimate camcorder for adventures. But even if you never take it outside, it still delivers with high-quality video and handy in-camera editing. $180; kodak.com.

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