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CES 2011 - Highs And Lows - Edward Chester

Edward Chester writes:

Highs


Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
While a lot of the talk at CES was about overarching themes - 3D, tablets, connectedness - one of the standout products for me was a relatively humble phone that just got everything right, and with a less than enviable reputation when it comes to Android smartphones, it was doubly surprising that Sony Ericsson was the provider.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is slim, curvaceous, attractive and tough thanks to its metal body its beauty is more than skin deep. The 'Reality' 4.2in display looks great and is responsive; there's a super 8.1-megapixel camera that uses Sony's Exmoor-R sensor technology for better low-light sensitivity; the 1GHz processor, while not dual-core is still plenty speedy; and it's going to arrive with the latest, Android 2.3 running on it. It may not be a headline grabber but it's sure to charm the money from many people's pockets.

MemJet
Sticking to the relatively down to earth realistic products, the other thing that really caught my eye this year was MemJet's new inkjet technology. By using a single static print head that spans the width of an entire A4 sheet of paper, rather than a traditional inkjet one that pans back and forth, MemJet is able to print at a whopping 60 pages per minute. According to the manufacturer, it's also cheaper to run than even laser printers. As the technology is being licensed to a number of printer manufacturers, it's bound to make rapid inroads into the printing market, transforming the landscape in one fell swoop.


Lows


No room at the inn!
Gordon beat me to it on this one; those Lady Gaga glasses were ridiculous. I was also tempted to pick out the myriad copy cat companies that always pedal their wares at these shows. However, I shall save my vitriol for something that I'm afraid won't concern most of you at all.

You see, what most annoyed me was, whichever way you look at it, the inadequacy of the rooms allocated for the press conferences or the overallocation of press passes. Either way, the fact that hundreds of journalists were regularly turned away from keynote speeches and press conferences was ridiculous, and meant that we, along with countless others, had occasions where we simply couldn't get in to see what was going on. As a consequence on some occasions we couldn't report back to you guys in quite the manner we would've hoped for. I guess that's what you get for it being the biggest show ever. Here's hoping they have things sorted out for CES 2012.

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