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Summer 2011 tech picks

Your guide to the season’s coolest gadgets

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Interval 4G Headphones
Ideal for swimming laps, these Olympic-swimmer-approved earphones feature a waterproof enclosure for your iPod Shuffle. ($99.99; h2oaudio.com)

HTC Thunderbolt
With 4G access, 32 gigs of media storage, and a kickstand, this Android smartphone lets you take a summer’s worth of videos on vacation. ($249.99 with two-year contract from Verizon)

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
For hardcore gamers on the move, this Android phone offers a slide-out controller and access to a games library. ($199.99 with two-year contract from Verizon)

Toshiba CAMILEO BW10 Camcorder
Shoot your viral videos in a monsoon with this hardy, waterproof HD camcorder, which has a button for uploading to YouTube. ($149.99; toshibadirect.com)

White iPhone 4
Just in time for Memorial Day, Apple’s iPhone shows off its new angelic hue. Its technical capabilities remain as heavenly as ever. ($199-299 with two-year contract from Verizon or AT&T)

Nintendo 3DS
Ready for glasses-free 3-D gaming? The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D is due out in June, and you’ve got summer road trips to plan. ($249.99; bestbuy.com)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
Waterproof to 40 feet, this point-and-shoot captures HD video, and the built-in GPS and compass will steer you back to safety. ($399.95; bhphotovideo.com)

Nook Color
Beach reading at the next level: Barnes & Noble’s e-reader got a recent update that includes a newer version of Android, an app store, and support for Flash. ($249; barnesandnoble.com)

T-Mobile G-Slate
The 8.9-inch Android 3.0 tablet is an on-the-go summer dream with a 3-D video camera and gorgeous HD screen for watching videos, gaming, and reading. ($529.99-749.99; t-mobile.com)