Another CES has come and gone, and like the past couple of years there was a common trend -- Android was everywhere. Our fellas on the floor in Vegas had their work cut out for them, and did a heck of a job covering the best of it all. While they wind down (and get ready for MWC in Barcelona next month) the rest of us wanted to take a minute and talk about our favorites from CES 2012. Hit the break, see what we liked the most, and discuss.
My pick has to be the 7-inch ASUS Transformer Prime (or whatever it ends up being called). $250 for a Tegra 3, quad-core powered tablet in a highly portable 7-inch form factor is crazy, and even if we have to wait until the second quarter for this tablet, it's certain to be a hugely important device for ASUS, and Android as a whole. Last year's HP Touchpad fiasco, as well as subsequent sales of other tabs like the HTC Flyer, have proved that consumers are crying out for a good, cheap tablet. If ASUS can deliver on this promised price point without any nasty surprises, things are certain to get more interesting (and competitive) than ever in the tablet space towards the middle of 2012.
Much like Alex, my excitement for CES was captured by the 7-inch ASUS Transformer Prime. For a long time now, it's been my feeling that tablets have all been over priced and if ASUS is going to push out a premium Tegra 3 tablet for $250 that's a big move and if they are successful with it -- it could lead the pack for everyone else which ultimately, is great for consumers.
My favorite Android related piece from CES this year was the home phone running Android. Yes, the device ran Android 2.2 and it was laggy and not perfect, but it was innovative. I would love to see Android on more than just phones and tablets and this is a great example of that. Support like this from people thinking outside of the box is what will help ensure that Android continues to grow and reaches that next level.
I was really impressed with the demonstration of the Intel reference device during their keynote. The optimization that has been applied to Android on their hardware looks really promising, offering both top level performance and battery life is a really enticing prospect. All that remains is to see whether or not this translates to consumer devices in real world use cases.
I think my favorite items shown off at CES were Samsung’s smart appliances, particularly its smart washer. When Google introduced Android at Home, I got excited over the infinite possibilities of controlling everything in my house right from my Android phone. This washer is the first step in doing that and it makes me very excited. I can’t wait until I can control wash cycles with my Galaxy Nexus and receive notifications when the load is finished. Eventually, we’ll need a robot or some automated way to switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer, but I’ll settle for this right now.
I was most excited about Huawei this year. Not only did they come out with what look to be a couple of awesome Android smartphones in the Ascend P1 and Ascend P1S, but they also kicked out an Ice Cream Sandwich build for their MediaPad -- something manufacturers of more expensive tablets are struggling with. Huawei wants to break into the US market, and these two things are a great way to capture our hearts and minds -- great hardware with the latest version of Android is the road to success.