The annual Consumer Electronics Show is wrapping up in Las Vegas. The Brighthand staff has been in the thick of things, and can’t help but crown 4G LTE as the star of this tradeshow. Other significant trends were also in evidence, though.
Verizon and AT&T announced model after model with this very fast wireless networking standard — so many that repeating all the names would turn this article into a laundry list. There were plenty of new Androids, but a Windows Phone was in there too. Visit our webpage dedicated to CES to see them all.
A standout was the Samsung Galaxy Nexus because it’s going to be unique: the first LTE-enabled handset from Sprint. That’s right, Sprint is giving up WiMAX and moving to the rival 4G standard.
Nokia in the Limelight
The piece of mobile hardware that drew the most attention at CES 2012 was the Nokia Lumia 900. This may be the most attention Nokia has ever enjoyed at CES, and it’s all because this company has mixed its fate with Microsoft by basing the Lumia series on the Windows Phone operating system.
The 900 is headed for AT&T, but it won’t be out for at least another couple of months. Check out my preview based on hands-on experience of you want to get a picture of it now.
Go Big or Go Home
Smartphones screens have been getting progressively larger, and that trend continued at this annual tradeshow. For example, one of the stars was the Samsung Galaxy Note, which AT&T just committed to. This has a 5.3-inch touchscreen, making it almost large enough to consider a tablet.
While an extreme example, big models were announced left and right. None of the models announced by major phone makers this week had a display smaller than 4 inches.
Not surprisingly, faster is better, too. The industry hasn’t yet reached the point where dual-core processors have become ubiquitous… that will have to wait until next-year’s CES.
The Elephant in the Corner
Apple always completely ignores CES, preferring to unveil its products on its own schedule. That doesn’t mean the attendees were ignoring the iPhone or iPad, however. The wraps came off a nearly bewildering array of apps, cases, and other accessories for iDevices at CES.
Accessory makers and developers weren’t ignoring Android, though. There were just as many headsets, keyboards, cases, and software titles announced for Googlephones.
Recession? What Recession?
Although the global economy is still in the doldrums, it didn’t show at CES. The Consumer Electronics Association bragged about a record number of companies having exhibits, this industry group hasn’t announced attendance figures — still, the showfloor, and press events were generally busy to overflowing.