We admit that we expected CTIA Fall 2010 to be rather slow, as the fall version of the wireless trade show is usually not as eventful as the one in the spring. Boy, were we wrong. More than 10 new devices made their debut this past week, pushing the holiday gadget season into full swing.
Motorola kicked off the festivities with the announcement of five new Android smartphones--and two for Verizon Wireless. They are the , the , the , the , and the . The Motorola Droid Pro is definitely the cream of the crop, and is clearly meant to put RIM on its toes with its strong business-friendly focus. It has a great 3.1-inch HVGA display and a QWERTY keyboard that gave us flashbacks of the BlackBerry Bold. More notably, it is also the first global Android handset, and is able to connect to both CDMA and GSM networks.
A day after, Verizon held a press conference where they gave us . The carrier hopes to cover two-thirds of the population with LTE in 18 months, with about 38 markets going live by the end of 2010. Just in time for a Verizon iPhone perhaps?
Not to be outdone, Sprint released three new Android phones--the, the , and the . All three will be the carrier's first devices to launch with the new user customization service. Sprint ID lets you customize your stock Android OS with a user-selected package of widgets, wallpaper, and apps. Sprint has already partnered up with 13 content partners to provide different ID packs.
The Android onslaught continues with thefor T-Mobile, the , and the beautiful for U.S. Cellular. We also got a peek at the , the , and the HTC MyTouch.
CTIA isn't all about smartphones though. We saw a few new regular phones announced as well. They include the, the , and the . Motorola also introduced a few Bluetooth accessories, and . Things were not all quiet on the app front either. We got a sneak peek at some Windows Phone 7 apps, a shopping app called Aisle411, a app that lets you text hands-free, and the universal remote.