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Question of the Day: What Impressed You From CES 2013?


Our time at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has come to an end. That’s both a happy and sad statement, mostly happy though, as the show failed to impress as it has in the past. There simply weren’t the number of innovative product announcements that we had seen at previous shows, something that may be the trend going forward for the world’s biggest electronics show.

But even with only a few headline grabbing products, I think it’s safe to say that we all had our favorites. The gamers in the building were blown away by NVIDIA’s Project Shield (our hands-on) and their Grid Gaming System. I found myself drooling over Sony’s new phones (Xperia Z and ZL), something I wasn’t expecting to admit after spending a week in the desert.

To see more of our thoughts on the week, be sure to tune into the replay of last night’s Droid Life Show.

What about you? Was there a certain product that stood out the most? And we’re not necessarily looking for Android-related stuff, but new and exciting tech products in general. Drop into the comments and let us know.

  • CES and breakthrough product evolution is cyclical. This was a down year. I am amazed that the industry keeps trying to cram 3D down the consumer’s throat. Most interesting thing? The Stern Avengers Pin home pinball machine! Sweet analog gaming!

  • Lactose_the_Intolerant

    Favorite part of CES? That MWC is next month!!

  • feztheforeigner

    Project Shield and all that it introduces (Tegra 4, PC gaming made mobile, etc.)

  • Ron_Swanson


  • Seth Schorr

    The Sony ZL. It’s funny how a week ago, almost unanimously, we all would have said that Sony would be towards the bottom of a list of the phones to even contemplate getting and then…. It’s like a woman you wouldn’t give a second look, then she puts on makeup and “Hey she’s lookin’ fine! Where has she been hidin’?”

  • Paul Gouldhawke

    Two words: Booth Babes!

  • What about the Dell box project that turns any TV into Android smart tv?!!

    edit: Ophelia!

  • strider_mt2k

    Project Sheild

  • Trevor

    My favorite is the Sony ZL. If it launches in the very near future, its specs are right on par with current top-tier phones. I’d definitely consider it if it hit VZW.

  • Sqube

    Nothing excited me as much as that new LTE antenna that can support up to a dozen (IIRC) frequencies. Put that in a device with a pentaband radio and you have a global device that can play with 3G and 4G anywhere there’s signal to be pulled down.

    Maybe I’m getting old or something, but that’s what I liked the most.

  • Nothing…my galaxy S3 will suit me for the next 2 years

  • S2556

    the new processors especially the octa

  • romper

    4K tablet, the 20 incher.

  • XvierX

    Wouldn’t mind trying out the Asus Qube. I’m looking for an easier way to stream content from Google play movies and play music through my home entertainment system. AND I’m tired of watching youtube video’s about google tv, waiting, hoping for something that looks practical enought that I could use it regularly.

  • Nothing, absolutely nothing…

  • Ballmer pulling a Kanye on Qualcomm

  • The Oculus Rift, even though I knew about it before hand. I just love how they’re making it better and better. Also the nVidia Grid, 2nd gen cloud gaming shows where the technology is going.

  • shehippie

    *yawns* Are we there yet?

  • Christopher Riner

    I might be going crazy, but it seems I remember last years ces being a total bust compares to this one. Everyone keeps talking about how boring it was this year compared to last year, but I can’t remember a single thing from last year except for everyone saying mobile world congress should be better.

    And this year we had all the mobile gaming stuff, tooons of new chip sets, the curved displays (which I guarantee will hit the automotive industry by storm), the 4k tv’s– not to mention cloud gaming.

  • Honestly, nothing really. We’ve already seen the 4K TV’s, I think the Sony phone was the only video that peaked my interest and that was pretty much only because of the sleek design. Overall ->

  • I think the coolest thing I saw was the new Lego set. Not sure if that means I’m 12, or if it was just a boring CES. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6cUdZRDQBw

    • Trevor

      Haha Legos are awesome. So it just means that you too, are awesome.

  • EvanTheGamer

    TEGRA 4 and NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD…that’s pretty much what impressed me the most. Oh, and perhaps the 4K HDTVs.

  • anezarati

    Android Oven! Duh

  • ddevito


  • Austin

    The Sony phones were nice

  • Not one thing impressed me. The ascend mate INTRIGUED me, but by no means impressed. Other than that… meh

  • zepfloyd

    DL didn’t mention this here, but GORILLA GLASS 3!

    • Droidzilla

      Meh. It’s Gorilla Glass 2 with m04r g0ri114z!!! Can’t get excited about scratch resistant glass that’s slightly more scratch resistant than the last version of the company’s scratch resistant glass.

      • zepfloyd

        Speak for yourself, GG3 looks pretty good considering the side by sides with 2 they showed. Any improvement in the phones weakest point is welcomed.

        • Droidzilla

          I’m not saying I’m unhappy about it; it’s just not exciting. I expect products to improve. I expect this year’s phones to be faster with better screens, battery, scratch resistance, memory, etc. than last year’s. That’s not exciting; that’s standard progression. That’s not new; it’s simple, standard engineering iteration. It’s not a bad thing, just not an exciting thing.

          • ASD

            All of the above is leveling off. Just wait till we start hitting some more walls and then we’ll be excited there is a new processor this year

          • Droidzilla

            Sadly, you’re probably correct. Diminishing returns, and all that.

  • Rodeojones000

    It was mostly a disappointment. The only products that I took a few minutes to read more about were the two phones from Sony. However, unless one of them comes branded with the Nexus name (zero chance that happens) there’s no way I’ll even consider buying one.

  • Alexander Garcia

    Sony XPERIA ZL =)

  • Thomas

    What Samsung is doing to create better battery life as our devices get more powerful.

  • Austin Baker

    the Smart Potty! Duh

  • p8ntballah21

    Panasonic’s 4k OLED TV, nothing on the moble side wowed me.

  • danofiveo

    I can’t say that I was all that impressed. Was expecting something BIG with Google TV, but all related announcements were ho-hum.

  • gokusimpson

    Just the new mobile processors from nVidia, Qualcomm, and Intel. Everything else was bleh. Even the 4K tvs.

  • Nvidia was on the money with some of their announcements. Samsung’s new octo chip sounds interesting. That is really it. The OLED TVs and 4K sets are not impressive because they are so expensive and there is so little use for them right now.

    • Big_EZ

      The sooner the first generation of 4k tvs are bought up by the rich the sooner the price will come down for all of us. Also people talk about no content, and even the fact that not everyone broadcasts in 1080p yet, but there has to be a demand first. Once some of the top studios adopt newer technology, then the smaller studios are able to buy their old equipment for cheap, and then we’ll be closer to having all broadcasts in 1080p or better.

    • S

      My hope is those 4K displays make high-res monitors cheaper and more available. You can’t get anything higher than 2560×1440 for an affordable price and those are not guaranteed to hit 120Hz. Better display technology means a possible stand-alone Retina monitor with 120Hz refresh rate, which would pretty much be boners all around

  • SkullOne


  • SoC’s. Nvidia, Qualcomm, and Samsung announcing the chips that will power the next generation of Android badassery

  • CoCoCalypso

    Im excited for the new mobile processors. Cant wait to get my hands on some of that power.

  • kuboo99

    NVIDIA’s Project Shield and the Razer Edge both looked awesome.

    • Yep and will set you back a steep one.

  • S

    nVidia Shield – definitely intrigued to see nVidias push into mobile/console market. Combined with Steambox and their proposed partnership with nVidia, it can make for an intriguing future

  • Laki S.

    I’m kinda disappointed in CES this year. Nothing new, nothing innovating. Didn’t even see any humorous crapgadgets. Everything was just lame.

    • Well, there was all the Kickstarter stuff – the Oculus Rift, the Pebble, CST-01, all that. Then there was the insane TVs, which however expensive they are, were just cool.

      • Laki S.

        The Kickstarter stuff wasn’t announced at CES, though. I knew about them a year ago on Kickstarter. All the other stuff didn’t personally interest me. I mean, I’m happy they finally announced a Pebble shipdate and I’m hoping to have mine by the beginning of Feb, but as far as something new and industry shaking being introduced? No, there wasn’t.

        • Very true.

          I just enjoy seeing the Kickstarter stuff demoed, especially the Pebble and the Oculus Rift. It really shows that hardware is slowly becoming indie. It’s awesome!

  • Travis Erickson

    Verizon’s keynote

  • Damian

    Dennis Rodman…..gotta love them tech geeks!

    • fixxmyhead

      lol. double team with jean claude van damm was on yesterday

  • calum wilper

    Honestly? pretty disappointed this year. Saw nothing from motorola, nothing really exciting from samsung, sony piqued my interest slightly but they’re just now starting to make phones that compare to the super phones of last year. Gorilla glass is cool I guess but meh. Asus had some interesting stuff like the qube but nothing extraordinary. Intel and amd both had some cool stuff on paper but it was generally pretty predictable. And personally I’m not interested in project shield as someone that doesn’t do mobile gaming. If I’m gaming I’m going all out with either a console or my gaming rig hooked up to a flat screen.

  • Futbolrunner

    Witnessing Dennis Rodman bombed.

  • The news that Dish outbid Sprint for majority of Clearwire, giving Google more leverage for their wireless network. Not from CES I know. But it occurred during CES so that’s good enough.

  • Bobby Cornwell

    CES this year was lame. Nothing really gave me that wow factor

  • Samsung showing the flexible display that doesn’t actually “flex”?…. Nah, this CES was kind of a letdown.

  • nick

    Exynos octacore

    • JoshGroff

      This^ not that we need it, but that’s awesome. Now to throw in 4GB of RAM and a 120+GB internal storage and we’re set for a while.

      • don’t forget the 4k display with a 10,000 mah battery lol

        • JoshGroff

          Hey, we can’t get too carried away here. 😉

      • Big_EZ

        At least make 32 gb internal storage standard for high end phones.

        • JoshGroff

          We’re increasing everything else, so why not internal storage. I’d rather not settle for 32 when we can have more.

  • Ibrick

    Probably the NVIDIA keynote / Tegra 4 or the Qualcomm 600/800 series CPU’s.

  • sc0rch3d

    The only thing that blew me away was the Illumi-room (or whatever it was called) where the video game was projected beyond the TV.

    then there’s a wide gap below…then whale poop….then spongebob…then the rest of the products shown there.

    • Futbolrunner

      Nice profile pic

  • John Davids

    Give me NVIDIA Shield with the ability to stream my PC games over any internet connection, and not just local Wi-Fi, and now we are talkin

  • Gege

    Sad to say the best product coming out of the show was a show about the show ! Great job guys.

  • John

    The insane amount of shi t that’s been flooding my RSS feeds =/

  • 3M4NU31

    The new Sony phones were sexy! That’s. About. It.

    • LiterofCola


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  • tanknspank

    I think I was most surprised that Pebble actually got a ship date.

  • Splicer78

    This was the least interesting CES I can remember for awhile. Not one thing stands out

  • Nothing I’d spend my money on!!!

  • Oculus Rift.

  • That you guys stayed the whole time.. Sounded boring.

    • 4n1m4L

      how long till i/o?

    • Oscar Cruz

      Comment of the day!