So as another CES draws to a close, and a host of technology journalists and bloggers retreat from Las Vegas with heavy heads and lighter wallets, who have been the main winners and losers? Well, Motorola is certainly continuing its Phoenix from the flames-style comeback with the exciting Motorola ATRIX and the world’s first Honeycomb Android tablet in the shape of the Motorola XOOM.
As is the case with most products these days, leaks and rumours meant that the XOOM didn’t come as any real surprise. However, so clandestine was the ATRIX that only the team that was immediately working on the handset knew about it. The result was a genuine gasp of excitement when the handset was revealed at Motorola’s press conference.
The Motorola ATRIX could prove to be a real game changer in terms of the way we use our mobile phones. The idea is that your phone is your main port of call for your information, documents, files and media. It’s what you have with you at all times. With the ATRIX’s ability to be plugged into various docking bays, or hooked up to large screens and monitors, you have the intelligence to create a full PC experience.
Think of it this way – you arrive at a hotel and there’s a docking bay in your room for you to plug your phone in. You can then view your content on the large TV screen, or type your emails on the provided keyboard, all safe in the knowledge that when you leave with your ATRIX, you’re taking the hub of data away with you, so you needn’t be concerned about leaving any important information behind for future guests.
We also had another glimpse into the future courtesy of LG. With 3D cinemas and 3D TVs becoming increasingly commonplace, 3D on mobile seemed only a matter of time. Of course, it’s not a completely new concept for mobile.
However, LG’s technology differs in that you get the 3D effect without the need of wearing any kind of eyewear. It’s still in its infancy, so we hope the slight eye strain we suffered when viewing the screen will be eradicated, but overall it’s a welcome innovation by the Korean manufacturer.
Finally, the other big news concerned those convergence-type devices – tablets. Rumours abound that by the end of CES, up to 100 tablets would have been launched. We must admit that we lost count, but with some manufacturers calling a device with a four-inch display a tablet – surely a smartphone in anyone’s book – it shows how much people want to be jumping on this particular bandwagon.
RIM, Asus, Dell and Toshiba are just some of the manufacturers to use CES as a launch pad for their latest tablet devices. Still trying to find its place in tech society, one senior spokesman poignantly told me: ‘Nobody needs a tablet, but everyone wants one.’
This motto could be applied to any number of products and devices seen in Las Vegas over the last few days, which points to a rather successful CES.