Ok, not trying to take any cheap shots here (I'm not an MS hater either), but this was my first tradeshow that a major vendor actually gave out something that I needed... I mean it was late in the day, and we were hungry, so I have to say thanks. Microsoft had folks outside the show handing out cold-cut sandwiches during CES, which of course just begs several cheeky comments that I won't attempt. Like...
Car Audio at CES is like a show within a show. Not only do you get to check out the latest in-car gadget tech, you get to see all the latest tricked-out rides the vendors bring to show it off in. Audio, of course, is an expected category at a big electronics show, but the latest in-car equipment not only pumps out your jams, but manages your device so you can keep your eyes on the road.
I groused about my son's 1st-generation iPod HD failing (the one on the right). We had bought it for his birthday, and about a month after the warranty ran out, the hard drive started making noises, and it became an expensive brick (yes, many years ago). I had no compunction about yanking the back off and replacing the HD, and it still works today (he has all his tunes on his iPhone now, so I use it). I was still mad, but less so, since the replacement cost a lot less than letting Apple fix it (more than it cost originally--thanks to iLounge forums for the fix, by the way). This post is proof that if you are a good boy or girl and take care of your gear, once in a while the tech gods will smile on you, though it is rare indeed. Apple replaced my wife's first gen Nano (also still working quite well) with a new model. Here's why...
Sometimes you need to be able to pull out the big guns, right? Like when you type and type, with seemingly no end, and you realize at the last instant before you hit the send (or the save) button that your device is critically low on power and is about to shut down (this happened to me here at CES). Oh yeah, you know the terror I'm talking about. You are hoping to God it sends or saves properly before time runs out. What can you do to prevent this from being a recurring problem? Use a bigger battery...mophie has one called the Powerstation Pro--a sealed up mini-monster that should keep you typing for days, and under practically any field conditions.
BodyGuardz had mucho awesome new screen and device protection stuff here at CES. One new item--which made me wonder why I havn't seen this before--has interchangeable back cover panels that come with the case. But wait...there's more. You want to create a custom cover from a pix you snapped in Hawaii, upload it to the BG web-site, and have them send you a custom panel? You can do that too with the new customizable mykase.
The CES mobile apps showdown this year at CES started with some upbeat music, and the mood was certainly expectant as people lined up outside the N255 conference room where it went down, but personally the apps didn't really deliver, IMHO. There were some cool apps in the running, no doubt. My personal favorite was the Magisto video enhancement app, which did turn out to be a winner. The show itself was somewhat poorly conducted as demos were frequently interrupted with glitches, which made me actually feel sorry for the exhibiters on more than one occasion. Jon Hein and Gary Dell'Abate of the Howard Stern show did a great job doing MC work, and the giveaway intermission was also great, but I guess I expected the top 10 apps to be somehow cooler...
Not really... but a pretty convincing Gaga look-a-like was performing, however (sorry). IK Multimedia has a bunch of cool music-making app and accessory products covered by our iPhoneLife musical types over the years, but the booth here at CES was jumping. My personal favorite was the iRig MIX and DJ Rig app combo. A mini mixing board that let's you scratch like a pro (not that I would understand exactly what that is)...
You know the Pogo Sketch, and the Fling, right (both have been reviewed on our site)? If not, they are seriously awesome accessory products for your iOS device. Ten One Design has added a new stand, and a streamlined pogo stylus to the mix, and are showing them off here at CES. Not earth-shaking, but maybe worth a look if you are in the market for a sleek and minimalist stand and/or an artistically-molded stylus.
I guess it is a no-brainer when you think about it. Your company designs innovative, award-winning universal charging bases (that support multiple devices being charged at the same time), so why not go and turn the base into an audio dock??! Of course! iDapt is certainly one of my wife's favorite vendors here at CES. We near constantly use one of the iDapt i4+ charging products on our kitchen counter, which charges our iPods, Blackberries, and iPhones without batting an electrical eyelash. But now they had to go and make an audio dock too. Figures, after I went and installed a separate kitchen stereo under the cabinet. Oh, yeah they also now have cases... well, why not!
Never a lack of unusual stuff to find at CES, the Sound Egg is firmly in that category. Designed by guys that work on jet fighter aircraft for the military, the Sound Egg is an unusual (but not cheap) way for one to enjoy full HD 5.1 surround sound from your computer, stereo, or iPad. Surprisingly, they are located in the iLounge Pavilion, and let me rest a bit in one. The experience was both refreshing and enjoyable, if a bit cocoon-like.