I'm at CES in the midst of huge crowds with one-hour taxi lines, 30-minute Starbucks lines and bumper-to-bumper traffic. Las Vegas seems incapable of handling the more than 130,000 attendees, exacerbated by construction along the road in front of the Convention Center and a sulfuric acid spill on the Strip.
Despite these traffic problems, the climate at CES is far better than two years ago when attendees were nervous about the economic uncertainties, and last year when recovery was still tenuous. This year there's a resurgence of excitement and scores of new products, a few innovative, but many me-too products from companies you've never heard of.
Tablets are one of the big categories this year with dozens of companies, large and small, bringing out look-alike Android tablets trying to capture some of the success of Apple's iPad. Unlike notebooks, many of these new tablets and phones run on chips from Qualcomm, nVidia, Samsung and TI, using an ARM core and not Intel chips.
An exception to the dozens of boring look alike/work alike models was Motorola's attractive new XOOM tablet, with a thoughtful new interface, a powerful processor, and the first to run the new Honeycomb version of Android OS. It has a 10-inch touch display and a modular radio that allows it to be upgraded to 4G when that becomes available. It will be sold through Verizon at a price not yet announced.Read More...