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January 09, 2006

CES wrap-up

By Charlene Li

Here’s a quick overview of some of the things I picked up after two days at CES.

-         A Tale Of Two Keynotes. I attended both the Yahoo! and Google keynotes and Friday and the contrast was obvious, starting from the music and ending with the celebrities. I have to say, I really enjoyed seeing Tom Cruise during the Yahoo! speech, but felt that it was fairly canned, especially Ellen DeGeneres’ “monologue” about the technical problems she had. The Yahoo! speakers were well rehearsed, but they were, well, rehearsed. In contrast, Larry Page was far from the most dynamic speaker, frequently checking his paper notes. But there was a down to earth quality of his presentation, and the fact that he took many questions from audience members brought a man of the people quality to the keynote. But by far the best part of the Google keynote was Robin Williams’ co-hosting of the Q&A (I thankfully escaped any ribbing when I asked a question!). You couldn’t have asked for better entertainment than the parody of our own questions.

-         Getting trampled. Just one other observation about the keynotes. Maybe it was the 9am start time, maybe it was the company, but the Yahoo! keynote wasn’t full and while the audience was attentive, it wasn’t energized. I was able to walk in, and have nobody else sitting next to me in the balcony. Contrast to the Google keynote, which was near mayhem outside the theater doors just before the start of the keynote. I showed up 15 minutes early, stood in the wrong line (with ticket holders instead of press) and proceeded to get pushed, shoved, and almost trampled by irate ticket holders who couldn’t get in because they had all shown up past the deadline. And there were about 200 more people without tickets hoping to get in anyway at the last minute. The result: I felt very fortunate to finally get in, but was pretty shaken from the mayhem. I knew that the Google keynote was the hottest ticket at CES, but didn’t anticipate just how aggressive people could be.

-         Convergence? Didn’t see it. This show was supposed to be about “convergence” but darn if I couldn’t find it at the show. I haven’t been to CES since 1995, primarily because my research focus is on media and marketing – you know, the stuff that convergence is supposed to bring to devices. The Yahoo! and Google keynotes gave me the excuse to come to Las Vegas and indulge my gadget-loving side, but there was little convergence happening outside of Yahoo’s announcements. The only other interesting example was TiVo’s current online offerings, available on the Series 2 machines (I just ordered one so I’m eager to try it out). TiVo’s CEO Tom Rogers eagerly discussed with a group of reporters its anticipated high definition product (scheduled to be introduced mid-year) which will take advantage of its broadband connection to provide even more online services. While I anticipate more devices to integrate online services, it will be deals like the one between TiVo and Yahoo! that will be core to making such convergence services work for consumers.

-         My favorite gadget. I heard about this one when a TV crew picked me out while I was noshing my lunch outside the main hall with some Forrester colleagues. Interestingly, they wanted to interview me and not my other (male) colleagues because I was a woman. The device: the Connect Io Intelligent Oven that turns on by the Internet or cell phone (and can keep food cool before it turns on). What, were you expecting me to pick a cell phone or HDTV? As a working mom, I thought this was just the coolest thing – I can throw the frozen pizza in the oven in the morning, ping it to preheat and cook the pizza when I pick up my kids, and have pizza on the table in 5 minutes. Now, I just need an applicance that will wash, peel, and cook the veggies for me too!

-         Pedal power in Las Vegas. I rented a bike to get around (photo proof is below) and it totally made the CES experience enjoyable. (My collegue Josh Bernoff did the same). I was able to get from my hotel on the Strip (Harrah’s) to the convention center in 10 minutes – and that includes abiding by all traffic lights. Racking the bike is easy – there are stands right outside Central Hall (Sands is a bit trickier – the only rack I could find was in the back in the service entrance). And visiting other hotels around town is easy – simply check the back in at the Bell Desk. Las Vegas Cyclery makes it easy by dropping off/picking up the bike from your hotel. Only other recommendations: bring your own helmet and wear reflective clothing.

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Comments

Kevin Dugan

It is too wonderful that 1) a technology analyst covered 2) CES in 3) Las Vegas using a person-powered, low-tech 4) bike. It reminds me of the old Sesame Street question: "which one's not like the other one?"

Thanks for the CES review. Have a great week.

jim hedger

my already enormous respect for you had just risen a couple notches. Aside from your outstanding analysis of Google over the years, you chose to ride a bike around Vegas and write about it. Well done Charlene!

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Zen Micro 5 GB MP3 Player - Dark Blue [ Creative Labs = $100
iRiver 5 GB MP3 Player (Silver) = $110
Creative Labs NOMAD Jukebox Zen Xtra 30 GB MP3 Player = $90
Sony MZ-NH600D 1GB MP3 Player Hi-MD Walkman Digital Music Player = $90
Network Walkman NW-HD1 20GB MP3 Player = $150
Cowon iAudio X5 20GB MP3 Player = $110
Digital Audio Players from Motorola: Audio MP3 Players, Digital = $70
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SONY VAIO A417M 80GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP-----------------$450
SONY VAIO B1VP-- 40GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP PRO-------------$200
SONY VAIO T370P/L-- 60GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP PRO----------$400
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Nokia 6111 132$
Nokia 6270 125$
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Nokia N70 115$
Nokia Vertu 155$
Nokia 5140i 125$
Nokia 6230i 115$
Nokia 8800 105$
Nokia 6021 105$
Nokia 6030 115$
Nokia 6680 125$
Nokia 6681 120$
Nokia 6101 110$
Nokia 6822 110$
Nokia 7710 110$
Nokia 6170 145$
Nokia 6260 145$
Nokia 3510i 95$
Nokia 6630 120$
Nokia 9300 110$
Nokia 7260 120$
Nokia 7270 110$
Nokia 7280 120$
Nokia 6670 110$
Nokia 6020 120$
Nokia 3220 65$
Nokia N-GAGE QD 75$
Nokia 7610 120$
Nokia 9500 145$
Nokia 5140 85$
Nokia 6610i 120$
Nokia 7200 133$
Nokia 6230 145$
Nokia 6820 120$
Nokia 7600 105$
Nokia 6600 120$
Nokia 6800 105$
Nokia 6220 120$
Nokia 6620 120$
Nokia 7250i 65$
Nokia 8910i 120$
Nokia 6100 95$
SAMSUNG D600 155$
SAMSUNG P860 165$
SAMSUNG P850
sidekick 1 $110
sidekick 2 $100
Sony Ericsson K500i.....130 USD
Sony Ericsson P800......200 USD
Sony Ericsson P900......260 USD
Sony Ericsson P910i.....270 USD
Sony Ericsson T230......80 USD
Sony Ericsson T310......80 USD
Sony Ericsson T610......100 USD
Sony Ericsson Z1010.....180 USD
Sony Ericsson Z200......90 USD
Sony Ericsson Z600......130 USD
Sony Ericssson T630.....130 USD
Sony Ericsson S700i.....170 USD
Sony Ericsson S750i.....170 USD
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Motorola A388C......170 USD
Motorola A760.......250 USD
Motorola A768.......260 USD
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Motorola A780.......290 USD
Motorola C550.......90 USD
Motorola C650.......100 USD
Motorola E365.......100 USD
Motorola E398.......120 USD
Motorola E680.......240 USD
Motorola RAZR V3....270 USD
Motorola V220.......170 USD
Motorola V303.......100 USD
Motorola V400.......150 USD
Motorola V500.......150 USD
Motorola V501.......200 USD
Motorola V525.......150 USD
Motorola V600 (OEM) w/ Bluetooth Headset..260 USD
Motorola V600 OEM...180 USD
Motorola V690.....170 USD
Motorola V750.....180 USD
Motorola V80......200 USD
Motorola V80 with Bluetooth...260 USD
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Motorola V878....180 USD
Motorola V300....150 USD
Samsung D500...240 USD
Samsung E600...140 USD
Samsung E800...180 USD
Samsung P510...120 USD
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Samsung SGH-D500..270 USD
Samsung SGH-E700..150 USD
Samsung SGH-E715..170 USD
Samsung SGH-P100..130 USD
Samsung SGH-P400..95 USD
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Samsung SGH-X400...100 USD
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Samsung SGH-X600...100 USD
Samsung X450.......100 USD
ipods
Apple iPod from hp 40GB = USD$150 Apple iPod from HP 20GB = USD$120 Apple iPod U2 Special Edition 20GB = USD$130 HP Apple iPod / 40GB / Click Wheel / MP3 Player = USD$170 Apple iPod MP3 Player, 20gb = USD$115 Apple iPod Shuffle1GB MP3 Player = USD$85 Apple iPod for Windows - Digital player - 10GB Hard Drive = USD$130 Apple iPod 40GB 3rd Gen M9245LL/A A1040 = USD$140 Hewlett Packard Apple iPod from HP 20GB With Click Wheel = USD$95 Apple Ipod 20GB 4th Generation = USD$130 APPLE iPod mini Player 4G Light Blue Model M9802ZP/A = USD$93 Kingston Apple iPod from hp 40GB with Click Wheel = USD$140 iPod Mini 6GB = USD$145 iPod 60GB = USD$170 iPod Mini 4GB = USD$105 Apple iPod shuffle (512 MB - M9724LL/A) MP3 Player = USD$80 Apple iPod mini Green Second Gen. (4 GB - M9806LL/A) MP3 Player = USD$110
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thanks for you inquiry.
Best regard
allan femi

mp3 player
Mp3 Player Price List
iRiver IFP-790T MP3 Player = $80
H10 6GB MP3 Player = $120
Sonic Impact Technologies 512MB MP3 Player w/ Flash Drive & Voice = $85
iriver H10 5GB MP3 Player, Gray = $110
YP-MT6X Yepp 512MB Portable Compact Digital Music MP3 Player = $70
Zen Micro 5 GB MP3 Player - Dark Blue [ Creative Labs = $100
iRiver 5 GB MP3 Player (Silver) = $110
Creative Labs NOMAD Jukebox Zen Xtra 30 GB MP3 Player = $90
Sony MZ-NH600D 1GB MP3 Player Hi-MD Walkman Digital Music Player = $90
Network Walkman NW-HD1 20GB MP3 Player = $150
Cowon iAudio X5 20GB MP3 Player = $110
Digital Audio Players from Motorola: Audio MP3 Players, Digital = $70
Gigabeat Meg-F60S 60GB MP3 Player - Gray = $155
Sony 1GB Personal MP3 Player, Network Walkman = $100
Creative Zen Micro 6GB MP3 Player (red) = $125

laptops
SONY VAIO A217S-- 100GB-- 512MB RAM-- XP HOME-------------$300
SONY VAIO B1VP-- 40GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP PRO--------------$330
SONY VAIO T370P/L-- 60GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP----------------$200
SONY VAIO A215Z 60GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP------------------$2450
SONY VAIO A397XP-- 80GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP----------------$300
SONY VAIO B100B08 60GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP---------------$250
SONY VAIO B100B08 60GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP---------------$400
SONY VAIO FS295VP 80GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP---------------$350
SONY VAIO FS215Z 100GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP---------------$350
SONY VAIO A417M 80GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP-----------------$450
SONY VAIO B1VP-- 40GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP PRO-------------$200
SONY VAIO T370P/L-- 60GB HD-- 512MB RAM-- XP PRO----------$400
SONY VAIO LAPTOP-- VGN-A117S---------------$400
phones
Nokia N91 220$
Nokia 6060 145$
Nokia 6111 132$
Nokia 6270 125$
Nokia 6270 115$
Nokia 6280 125$
Nokia N90 115$
Nokia N70 115$
Nokia Vertu 155$
Nokia 5140i 125$
Nokia 6230i 115$
Nokia 8800 105$
Nokia 6021 105$
Nokia 6030 115$
Nokia 6680 125$
Nokia 6681 120$
Nokia 6101 110$
Nokia 6822 110$
Nokia 7710 110$
Nokia 6170 145$
Nokia 6260 145$
Nokia 3510i 95$
Nokia 6630 120$
Nokia 9300 110$
Nokia 7260 120$
Nokia 7270 110$
Nokia 7280 120$
Nokia 6670 110$
Nokia 6020 120$
Nokia 3220 65$
Nokia N-GAGE QD 75$
Nokia 7610 120$
Nokia 9500 145$
Nokia 5140 85$
Nokia 6610i 120$
Nokia 7200 133$
Nokia 6230 145$
Nokia 6820 120$
Nokia 7600 105$
Nokia 6600 120$
Nokia 6800 105$
Nokia 6220 120$
Nokia 6620 120$
Nokia 7250i 65$
Nokia 8910i 120$
Nokia 6100 95$
SAMSUNG D600 155$
SAMSUNG P860 165$
SAMSUNG P850
sidekick 1 $110
sidekick 2 $100
Sony Ericsson K500i.....130 USD
Sony Ericsson P800......200 USD
Sony Ericsson P900......260 USD
Sony Ericsson P910i.....270 USD
Sony Ericsson T230......80 USD
Sony Ericsson T310......80 USD
Sony Ericsson T610......100 USD
Sony Ericsson Z1010.....180 USD
Sony Ericsson Z200......90 USD
Sony Ericsson Z600......130 USD
Sony Ericssson T630.....130 USD
Sony Ericsson S700i.....170 USD
Sony Ericsson S750i.....170 USD
9806LL/A) MP3 Player = USD$110
Motorola A388C......170 USD
Motorola A760.......250 USD
Motorola A768.......260 USD
Motorola A768i......200 USD
Motorola A780.......290 USD
Motorola C550.......90 USD
Motorola C650.......100 USD
Motorola E365.......100 USD
Motorola E398.......120 USD
Motorola E680.......240 USD
Motorola RAZR V3....270 USD
Motorola V220.......170 USD
Motorola V303.......100 USD
Motorola V400.......150 USD
Motorola V500.......150 USD
Motorola V501.......200 USD
Motorola V525.......150 USD
Motorola V600 (OEM) w/ Bluetooth Headset..260 USD
Motorola V600 OEM...180 USD
Motorola V690.....170 USD
Motorola V750.....180 USD
Motorola V80......200 USD
Motorola V80 with Bluetooth...260 USD
Motorola V872.....200 USD
Motorola V878....180 USD
Motorola V300....150 USD
Samsung D500...240 USD
Samsung E600...140 USD
Samsung E800...180 USD
Samsung P510...120 USD
Samsung SGH-D410.200 USD
Samsung SGH-D500..270 USD
Samsung SGH-E700..150 USD
Samsung SGH-E715..170 USD
Samsung SGH-P100..130 USD
Samsung SGH-P400..95 USD
Samsung SGH-P408..240 USD
Samsung SGH-P730..150 USD
Samsung SGH-S200..90 USD
Samsung SGH-S300..70 USD
Samsung SGH-S300M..100 USD
Samsung SGH-S500...100 USD
Samsung SGH-V200...110 USD
Samsung SGH-X400...100 USD
Samsung SGH-X430...100 USD
Samsung SGH-X600...100 USD
Samsung X450.......100 USD
ipods
Apple iPod from hp 40GB = USD$150 Apple iPod from HP 20GB = USD$120 Apple iPod U2 Special Edition 20GB = USD$130 HP Apple iPod / 40GB / Click Wheel / MP3 Player = USD$170 Apple iPod MP3 Player, 20gb = USD$115 Apple iPod Shuffle1GB MP3 Player = USD$85 Apple iPod for Windows - Digital player - 10GB Hard Drive = USD$130 Apple iPod 40GB 3rd Gen M9245LL/A A1040 = USD$140 Hewlett Packard Apple iPod from HP 20GB With Click Wheel = USD$95 Apple Ipod 20GB 4th Generation = USD$130 APPLE iPod mini Player 4G Light Blue Model M9802ZP/A = USD$93 Kingston Apple iPod from hp 40GB with Click Wheel = USD$140 iPod Mini 6GB = USD$145 iPod 60GB = USD$170 iPod Mini 4GB = USD$105 Apple iPod shuffle (512 MB - M9724LL/A) MP3 Player = USD$80 Apple iPod mini Green Second Gen. (4 GB - M9806LL/A) MP3 Player = USD$110
(allanfemistoreinc1@yahoo.com)

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