The CES was busy when it comes to handheld and PDA technology. There were many new devices and a ton of new peripherals. We’ve discussed it and are now handing out our Best of and Worst of awards.
This one may not be popular, but I really think Garmin has innovated more than anyone else in the Palm world. Sure the Clie has it all, or almost all, but Garmin did two amazing things. One, they have integrated GPS, which is very cool. Two, they have broken the arbitrary 16MB memory limit with 32MB on board.
Best PDA (Microsoft) – bSquare Reference Design
Runner up – HP iPAQ h5450
Who knows if the BSQUARE will ever make it in production in the US, but this landscape beauty running Windows CE .NET really looks nice. The integrated WiFi and keypad don’t hurt either. BSQUARE wasn’t at the show, but some of the guys in the SD card association booth had one to play with.
Best Integrated Device – Sony Ericsson P800
Runner up – Kyocera 7135
SE stole the integrated PDA/Phone show if you ask me. Kyocera came in second, but they didn’t even have a booth. Word is their single CES rep got sick and had to leave on the first day. Anyway, Samsung missed the list because the i500 has no memory slot and the i700 is fairly average.
Best Accessory – Any SD WiFi or Bluetooth Card
Runner up – BENQ keyboard
This new keyboard from BENQ has a unique three part folding mechanism that locks and works very well. They also have plans to release a WiFi version in the next few months.
Best Booth/Display – Sony
Runner up – Microsoft
Microsoft had a great setup, but then we visited Sony. WOW. They had a private cave of sorts with everything on display. Quite a show. Microsoft did showcase the new Hitachi phone and had the demo units with SPOT technology on display.
Best Media Type – SD
Runner up – Mem stick
CF is on the way out so this was an easy choice. The number of peripherals and the fact that they can be cross-platform helps SD take the prize. Sony has a bunch of new toys as well though, including a locking mechanism to protect the files on your cards.
Best content – Private media (not safe for work)
Runner up – Pocket pc films
Ok, so Private delivers their content on MMC Cards with a proprietary player than runs very well. Oh yeah, it’s also porn, so that doesn’t hurt. Pocket PC Films distributes content on CD that can be saved to memory cards. They only offer Bikini’s and Anna Kournikova.
Worst PDA – Some Korean organizer piece of crap
I don’t even really know what this thing was supposed to do, but it was garbage.
Worst Accessory – Lighted anything
There was an alley of booths that could give anyone a freaking seizure. Lights for cell phones, computers and even some funky stuff for PDAs. Really odd and a crime to put any of that stuff on your mobile electronics.
Worst Booth – CF association
runner up – Handspring
runner up – Dell
CF didn’t have much gas. Handspring didn’t even show up. Dell, whoa boy, they just set up a little sales kiosk like in the mall…quite lame.
I hope you all enjoyed our coverage of the show, I know we enjoyed bringing it to you. I strongly suggest going through our home page to review all the news from the CES in case you missed anything. We’ll continue to bring you more fun tidbits as we sort out the mess of papers and contact information we brought back.