The 10 Best Products Of CES 2012
By Branko Miletic
While this year’s product launches at CES seemed more about consolidation than innovation, there were still a few products that caught my eye. Here, in no particular order, are my favourites from CES 2012.
Lumia 900 Smartphone
If Nokia can turn the Lumia 900 into a winner then the company will once again be a player in the world of smartphones. If not then the Finnish phone giant will slowly but surely go the same way as MySpace.
Roku Streaming Stick
Yes, it’s a stick, but not just any only USB-like stick. It is one that can stream movies and other media into your TV. OK, I know it’s not all that original but it does look good and can work on just about any TV.
Bloggie Live Camcorder
It’s got a 12.8 megapixel camera, at 1080p resolution, with an LED flash and an integrated USB connector for sharing videos on Facebook, Twitter, Google + etc, etc. What’s not to like?
Lantronix Apple iOS Print Server
It plugs into an Ethernet network allowing iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and iPod printing via any network-connected printer. And it looks good too.
Fujifilm X-Pro 1 Digital Camera
With the choice of 18mm, 35mm, and 60mm macro XF Leica lenses, 16-megapixel CMOS, stereo audio and the only camera in its class to sport an optical viewfinder, the X-PRO is a breath of fresh air in what has become a crowded field of also-ran camera clones in the market.
An app that that allow users to run any of the 40,000 or so Android apps on Windows 8 when it comes out. This means Windows may finally be hip once again and also a lot of lawyers will get filthy rich after Google sues the pants of this company. Enjoy it while you can.
It’s made almost entirely of Gorilla Glass, is black, has a 10-hour battery life and looks like something out of the film Minority Report. This 14-innch laptop is what laptops should all look like. Nice work HP.
A GPS for our four-legged friends. Sure, you may think it’s silly and you may not have a pet, but with the price of vet care and not to mention how society reveres animals, a GPS for pets is way overdue. No I won’t be getting one, but I am sure Tagg will sell like hotcakes worldwide.
Samsung 55-inch OLED TV
This is what TV should be – clean, crisp, smooth and seamless. Any crisper and we’d be looking at real life. And yes, it’s thin – at 15.2mm, it is truly a feat of engineering. I won’t even guess at the RRP when it comes here, but it’s worth a trip to your local electronics store just for a peek.
Huawei Ascend P1 S
If you are going to make a smartphone, then you’ve got to do it right and Huawei has certainly ticked all the boxes with this model; Android 4.0 OS, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1GB of RAM together with an 8-megapixel camera and looks to match.