The Consumer Electronics Show is usually the place where most companies reveal their newest prototypes and ideas for the new year. This year wasn’t any different, and the 2012 CES in Las Vegas was the largest since its creation – proof that the tech industry is still growing in leaps, even though the economy is supposed to be in a downturn.
There were quite a lot of companies at the show announcing and demonstrating some pretty cool and downright weird devices. Among all the good stuff, the OK stuff and the lame stuff, there were quite a few devices that were truly worthy of attention. Here is my top pick:
Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx. The Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx was born as an answer to all the people complaining about the short battery life of the Droid RAZR on 4G TLE networks. Someone at Motorola must be really bright yet have street smarts, because no one else thought of something this simple before and it’s pretty amazing. The Maxx is the first smartphone to last 21 hours of continuous use on a 4G LTE network on a single charge, thanks to a huge 3300 mAh battery that came at the expense of a paltry millimeter of thickness (the Maxx is 9mm thick, as opposed to the RAZR’s 7.7mm). I think that is completely worth it and hopefully, other manufacturers will jump onboard with the idea, as well.
Asus Transformer Prime 700 series. The Transformer Prime 700 takes all the good points of its predecessor, and adds a new Full HD display (1920×1200 pixels resolution) and an improved reception thanks to the plastic back cover, making a perfect and practical tablet for everyday uses and power users alike. The TF700 is the best tablet at the moment, in my opinion.
LG’s unnamed 55 inch OLED TV. You can’t look at the 55 inch OLED HDTV and not be amazed – LG really created a marvel. Thanks to the self-illuminated diodes, the TV is only 4mm (yes, less than half of a centimeter!) thick and weighs 7.5 pounds – the same weight as a 17 inch desktop replacement laptop! At 55 inches, it’s also good enough for most living rooms, and with those beautiful colors, deep blacks and perfect viewing angles, it really shows that the future of OLED TV is (literally) bright.
Razer Fiona prototype tablet. Razer’s Project Fiona could really spark the next generation of gaming consoles. The device is basically a tablet computer packed with the latest in x86 hardware – a Core i7 processor, relatively powerful graphics adapter and an SSD drive. But the kicker is that this tablet itself is supposed to be the gaming console – yes, it’s like the PS Vita, only with a 10.1 inch display and PC hardware inside. If it succeeds, it would spell the doom of the PlayStation Portable, as well as all the desktop consoles – when you can have a full-fledged PC for gaming on the go OR in your house that can also do anything else a computer can do, why would you bother with a separate hunk of a device?
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. The IdeaPad Yoga wasn’t as popular as other devices, but it definitely attracted my attention – I like the concept of a laptop with a display that can tilt 180 degrees to turn into a tablet. And being that the laptop in question is an ultra slim Ultrabook, it’s very comfortable to use it in both modes, and the internal hardware is more powerful than any ARM tablet or Atom netbook on the market.
Sure enough, you can find dozens of other great devices if you look carefully, especially if you have a broad interest base. The above five-o really picked my interest, and I found them to be worthy of attention, as I believe they have the potential to become big and potentially revolutionary in the near future.