Cell phones and smartphones CES 2008 wrap-up
See the highlights of the cell phone and smartphone news from CES.
Another CES is in the bag, and we've successfully fled Las Vegas for San Francisco. Though fewer new cell phones debuted at the show than in the past couple years, we can say that the 2008 show was all about quality over quantity. Also, when compared with the last couple of years, we had some serious competition for the Best of CES award in the cell phones and smartphones category. But after it was said and done, thetook that prize. Its innovative morphing keyboard gave it the needed mojo to lap the super world phone. It was a good fight, and we hope we'll see a similar high-pitched battle in 2009. Motorola also introduced a high-end video phone with the and it gave us two new entry-level models with the .
Besides the W760, Sony Ericsson introduced two other new cell phones. Theis a design-centric handset with a new "gesture-control" feature, and the is a low-end Walkman model. Though Samsung didn't offer any new phones for North America, it did show some exisiting models it wasn't planning to bring here including the and the 5-megapixel camera phone. Also sitting pretty in Samsung's booth was the company's .
Nokia didn't have anything new, either, but we did see the, which is made partially from renewable materials. Nokia also had a couple in its booth, and Samsung showed . And over in the most far-flung booths on the show floor, Neonode was offering its , and Haier offered the dual SIM-card .
We managed to spot a few notable phones at the LG booth. We saw theand the , coming out for Alltel later this year. We also noticed a mysterious touch-screen phone that some representatives have hinted would be the new . Of course, LG also showed off its Europe-only models like the and the , both of which we can't get in the U.S. just yet. Probably one of the most interesting things we saw from LG is the prototype model of , which will have Bluetooth as well as text messaging.
Although there wasn't a ton of smartphone news to come out of CES 2008, it doesn't mean the show was a complete wash. In fact, we saw several noteworthy announcements and some interesting trends at the annual tech extravaganza. First, Nokia introduced a North American version of the coveted , which is available now unlocked for a whopping $749. Several Windows Mobile devices landed on carriers' doorstep as the made its debut and Alltel Wireless added the to its lineup. Finally, while not technically a smartphone, Sony released the revamped , a Wi-Fi-enabled messaging and Web-browsing handheld for all the future smartphone owners of America.
There were almost too many Bluetooth headsets to cover at this year's CES, but we did find a few noteworthy new ones. Jabra, for example, debuted a very sexy-looking
The most interesting headsets from the show, however, came from Invisio. The company debuted what it is calling the world's smallest Bluetooth headset in the form of the, a tiny little thing that comes with a portable charging case. It also showed off the , a headset that has a patented Bone Conduction technology that can convert vibrations from your jawbone so that your caller will only hear your voice. We were so impressed with this Bone Conduction technology, that we nominated the G7 for best of CES.