PC World's Top Videos of 2009

Our most popular videos of the year included a look at The Sims 3 game and how to install Ubuntu Linux

2009 has been one of PC World's most successful years for video. Apart from destroying tech products producing breaking news stories and conference coverage, we've shot "How-to" videos, trend pieces, and in-depth product reviews.

After you've watched one of our top videos of the year, hit the back button on your browser if you'd like to come back to this page and check out some more of our most popular video offerings.

1. A Sneak Peek at The Sims 3With the worldwide release of The Sims 3 only a few months away, Electronic Arts invited Senior Editor Darren Gladstone down to their offices for a preview of the game. We got a sneak peek at the vastly improved graphics; the revamped gameplay that focuses on character development and the pursuit of life goals; and the familiar community sharing of user-created game assets that proved so popular in previous iterations. Given the ubiquity of the game, it wasn't a surprise that this video came in as our most popular of 2009.

2. How To Easily Install Ubuntu Linux On Any PCIn this walkthrough, Senior Editor Robert Strohmeyer took you through the steps needed to install Ubuntu--a popular Linux distribution and Windows competitor--on a PC. This fast, simple operating system runs well on limited system resources, boots quickly, and is very easy to operate.This video was something of a sleeper but clearly resonated with our audience.

3. Six HD Pocket Camcorders Side-by-SideSenior Editor Tim Moynihan took a look at six HD, YouTube-friendly pocket camcorders from Creative, Kodak, Sony, and Pure Digital, including the brand new Flip UltraHD. With features ranging from a wide-angle lens to variable frame rates, and a price range of only $150- to $230, this new category of products showed great promise this year.

4. Firefox 3.5 is a Solid UpgradeFirefox 3.5 includes great new features and improvements for private browsing, geo-location, multi-tabbed browsing, and more. PC World's Nick Mediati took a look.

5. How to Give Your PC a Windows 7 MakeoverSome of Windows 7's new interface tweaks are pretty slick, which is why software developers started cranking out copycat tweaks for Windows Vista (and, in some cases, XP) well before the OS launched. Follow along as we show you how to add these utilities to freshen up your PC's user interface.

6. How to Buy a LaptopIf you've ever shopped for a laptop, you know that size is only one of the factors that you have to consider. You should also examine everything from performance and storage options to keyboard quality. Consumer-affairs correspondent Amber Bouman can help you find a laptop to suit your needs. OK, you got us on this one: it was first released last December. But given its popularity and the fact that it could hardly compete for best video of 2008, we've stretched the rules a hair and included it here.

7. T-Mobile's MyTouch 3G Is A Much-Improved Google PhoneThe T-Mobile MyTouch 3G was T-Mobile's second smartphone running Google's Android mobile operating system. And while the phone has much going for it--a lightweight design, a gorgeous screen, and the 1.5 update to the Android OS--it's not without its flaws.

8. The Stars of the SkyMall CatalogWe've all been bored on a plane and picked up the SkyMall catalog. But have you ever wondered how good the products are? On a flight of fancy, our intrepid Senior Associate Editor Mark Sullivan took it upon himself to order a dozen products from the SkyMall catalog. In this video. he toook a hard look at four of them, including a roll-up USB drum kit and the Electronic Feng Shui Fortune Compass.

9. Kinder, Gentler iPhone 3G S Stress TestsIt's an annual tradition: Apple releases a new iPhone, PC World tries to break it. We did it with the first iPhone. We did it with the iPhone 3G. Now, it's the iPhone 3G S's turn. This year, our torture -- whoops -- coercive interrogation was more mental than physical. Was the phone's Voice Control, Compass and smudge-proof screen able to withstand the withering pressure? You'll see.

10. Motorola Droid Gets a Cautious Thumbs UpWe got our hands on the first phone running Android 2.0, Motorola's Droid. Available on the Verizon network, the phone features a 5-megapixel camera, a slide-out keyboard, a high resolution screen, and Google Navigation with turn-by-turn GPS. Staff Editor Ginny Mies took it out for a spin.

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