CES 2011: The Hottest Gadgets in the World

So anyone who followed CES knows that tablets stole the show, but there were many other brand new gadgets to get our salivary glands stimulated.

To start though, it was the tablets and specifically Google’s Android that were the big hitters this year. Motorola unveiled their Xoom, RIM showed off the Blackberry Playbook and Samsung tossed in the Galaxy Tab. Both the Xoom and the Tab use Google’s Android OS and analysts have claimed that Xoom poses a real threat to the current market giant, the Apple iPad. Personally I am excited about RIM’s Playbook. While smaller in size compared to the other two, it still boasts dual cameras, HD video input and output, stereo speakers, 1GB RAM and not to mention the new QNX operating system. It also has built in 4G and Blackberry tethered 3G. Here is a Spec rundown of all three big hitter tablets:


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Android 3.0

Blackberry QNX

Android 2.2

Screen Size

10.1 inches

7 inches

7 inches


1280 x 800

1024 x 600

1024 x 600


Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2


Cortex A8


32.7 GB

8, 16 or 32 GB

16 or 32 GB


1 GB

1 GB

512 MB

Data Network


4G and tethered 3G



5 MP and 2 MP

5 MP and 3 MP

3 MP and 1.3 MP

But wait. There was so much that text cannot really give a good interpretation. So here is CES in pictures:

Nox Audio came out with wireless noise cancellation headphones with a built in 2.4 inch LCD touchscreen. The OS you ask? Google’s back with Android 2.1.

Motorola is back again but this time with their all new 4G smartphone Atrix. This Android 2.2 handset also sports a dual-core NVIDIA processor but that’s not the surprise in store. It ships with a netbook shell. So basically you plug in the phone to its empty laptop (no HDD, RAM, processor…anything) and the phone itself acts as a netbook. Pretty slick stuff.

Now I know what you’re going to say, “Dell? Really?”. Well this seriously cool Dell Inspiron Duo doubles as a laptop and a tablet. The design is completely novel as well. Let’s just hope they do a better job than HP did.


The LG Touch TV. It’s exactly like it sounds. A giant smartboard that you can watch The Office on.

Sony had a number of 3D TVs to show off, but we’ve all seen that. What about 3D TV on your face? Complete with surround sound. Flight of Flop?

EN-V, which is short for Electric Networked-Vehicle, maintains t

And finally GM is back with their EN-V (get it, envy) urban mobility concept vehicle. Imagine everyone owning one of these. The carbon emissions must be next to nil.

So pick your favourite gadget and find out what your next cool techy toy will be.





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