CTIA 2008 in words and pictures
CNET reveals the highlights of the three-day CTIA cell phone show in Las Vegas.
CTIA has come and gone and as we rest our tired feet we look back at the cell phone brouhaha that was. Though the show wasn't quite as exciting as the GSMA World Congress, it still produced plenty of snazzy cell phones to behold. And to help you take it all in, we've compiled the top show news into one convenient blog. Also, check out our CTIA show floor slide show.
Samsung had a very good show. Its new iPhone features a sleek touch screen interface and a boatload of features. We saw only a preproduction unit but it looks very promising. Samsung didn't have much else new to show, but we did get our hands on the , the and the Samsung Access, which the company four days before CTIA began.for Sprint won our award for the in Las Vegas. The
unveiled the most handsets of any manufacturer. New to the world are , the and the . The company also announced it was branching out into new territory with four for Latin America and it hosted an interesting demo of .
Things were much quieter over at Nokia and. Nokia introduced two CDMA/AWS handsets, the , while Sony Ericsson revealed that its . Yet not all was lost at the Sony Ericsson booth as we finally got the chance to take its fancy for a test drive.
Motorola's main news was that itsphone is coming to AT&T. After I had mixed feelings. Though it's attractive and it offers some nice features such as AT&T's new navigation service, it's also more of the same in Moto design.
Associate Editor Nicole Lee spotted a few devices at thebooth. The company announced the for Verizon Wireless and the for AT&T. The latter is particularly noteworthy, not only for its stunning design and touch-screen interface, but also because it joins the Samsung Access in supporting the new service. She also checked out new . put out a few new devices as well, namely , both are push-to-talk phones using . It also introduced the , which promises to be a shinier successor to the Katana II, plus it has a translucent OLED display. UTStarcom offered a new basic handset as well--the is a AWS capable phone that will be available to both Cricket and MetroPCS in different designs.
As our resident Bluetooth expert Nicole also tracked down some new headsets. She tried the, the , and the "fashionable" .
Things were a bit quiet in, but smartphone diva Bonnie Cha found plenty to see nonetheless. Microsoft announced the latest version of its mobile operating system, , which features a number of enhancements to make Windows Mobile smartphones easier to set up and navigate. HTC showed off the GSM and the new . Research in Motion made the carrier rounds with the and the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 for and . Yet the biggest smartphone news from the show is that a new player is entering the field. showed two brand new devices that it wuill release this year. Bonnie got the full scoop and she was quite stoked on what she saw.
And on the application side, a host of other applications including . Also, --not just some dumbed down version of the Web., which CNET Download.com editor Jessica Dolcourt while testing