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Celebrity Gadget Endorsements: Top 10

Despite studies that say consumers aren't swayed by celebrity endorsements, celebrity-driven gadget ad campaigns are at an all time high.

Whether celebrity gadget sightings are unintentional (take for instance Alicia Keys playing with her Samsung Camcorder at a Knicks game, or Lauren Conrad taking her BlackBerry with her everywhere), others are very intentional and well paid for. The reemergence of HP's The Computer is Personal Again staring Serena Williams got me thinking about the top celebrity gadget endorsements of the last couple of years and why companies continue to use famous names and faces to rep their products.

I've picked a selection of 10 campaigns that made me stop, rewind and pay attention, even if I didn't end up buying any of the items. (How cute was Little Miss Sunshine star Abigail Breslin — seen at right — in her HP printer commercial where she talks about moments in her life captured with pictures?!) Scroll through the widget below to see my picks.

To check out the actual ads,

Maria Sharapova for Canon
I knew who Sharapova was before the Canon ads, but the clever smiley-faced tennis ball gimmick was the first thing she did that got my attention.

Shakira for Panasonic
Her hips don't lie, so she must not either, right? Shakira's Panasonic ads are as beautiful and mesmerizing as she is. The company gets bonus points for letting Shakira show off her dance moves and music and not just their cameras.

David Beckham for Motorola
We give David Beckham a hard time for his questionable gadget accessory style, but his ads for the RAZR2 and MotoRAZR are all chic. Becks just does print ads in the US for Motorola, but this behind the scenes of him on a European Motorola set is worth sharing.

Vera Wang for HP
Designer Vera Wang was the first woman to take part in HP's The Computer Is Personal Again campaign and her ad is whimsical and romantic as her designs.

Jay-Z for HP
Hip hop mogul and entrepreneur Jay-Z exudes cool so it was no surprise HP picked him as well for the The Computer Is Personal Again campaign. I love that the ad shows his resume. Like he needs one.

Shakira image courtesy of Shakira Gallery.

Leanney Leanney 8 years
That wasn't Shakira's music. Seems to me your making out celebrities to be the 'evil' ones when it's the marketing strategies of the item producers. Oh and shakira also promoted ViceRoy & Pepsi. Wanna bring that into it?.
prplegem21 prplegem21 10 years
whats the ad w/ the commercial where people change faces and locs w/ the pics
millarci millarci 10 years
The mac ads will always be my favorite gadget ads. :)
peachiepink peachiepink 10 years
i love all the HP ads, and the mac ones are cool too.
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
i highly doubt they used the functions they are promoting. their asst are prollie lol
fragiletearz fragiletearz 10 years
I just buy what I like...If I see something on a celeb (that wont take my child's college fund to pay for...I buy it...or a knock off that looks like it...But mostly I shop around.
cleegiants cleegiants 10 years
am i the only one w ho doesn't like the HP "the computer is personal again" campaign? i never knew who they were talking about at the beginning, as they don't show the person's head. and so a celeb uses it for their work...makes it seem like it's not geared for us regular folks.
steen steen 10 years
I love the HP ads and the Shakira one.
JenBrett JenBrett 10 years
i don't think it counts to use 4 celebs for 1 product.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
I wonder how many of them actually know how to use the products they endorse?
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