CTIA has finally wrapped up, and while we have our own picks of what was the cream of the crop, CTIA has also announced the winners of its Emerging Technology awards. Our very own Kent German and Bonnie Cha were two of the judges selecting the winners, which were chosen based on innovation, functionality, wow factor, importance of technology, and ease of use and implementation. The Best of Show award went to Alltel's Celltop technology, which allows customers greater flexibility in managing and organizing content on their cell phones (You can read more about it our review of the … Read more
Now Cingular has confirmed the release date will be June 11. A customer service manager at Cingular (we called 800-947-5096 and were transferred to sales) gave us that date late Thursday, but, alas, said he didn't have any additional information beyond that.
The last day of CTIA is always quiet as show attendees hurry to the airport and the convention center begins the changeover to whatever show comes next. Yet, that didn't stop our editors from nosing around for the last bits of news.
We checked out Kyocera's Bluetooth Music Gateway, CallWave's new Vtxt application and we caught news of the Nokia 5700 Xpress Music, the update to the admirable Nokia 5300. Bonnie Cha posted a slide show for the new Motorola phones, and I gathered several shots of the action on the show floor.
They say many dogs look like their owners. Now, according to a Nielsen Media Research study, the brand of cell phone you use may say a lot about your personality. At least if you're Australian.
The Sydney Morning Herald has a story about the results of the study, which concluded that Nokia users are family-minded, Motorola users are fashion-conscious, Sony Ericsson users are ambitious young men, LG users are stay-at-home parents, and Samsung users are young women.
From the Sydney Morning Herald story:
Sydneysider Dane Maddams, 21, of Concord, agrees that you can tell a lot about a person … Read more
For the past few years at the CTIA show, CNET has chosen our favorite products, and here in Orlando, Florida, we're glad to do it again. Products are selected on a variety of factors including design, features, and innovation in three main categories: best cell phone, best smart phone, and best cell phone accessory.
Sometimes our picks become big winners when they're introduced, and sometimes they don't live up to our full expectations, but our 2006 picks fared pretty well over the last year. And without further ado, we present CNET's Cream of the Crop for … Read more
Compared with the star-studded CES show, CTIA tends to be a little slim on celebrity sightings. But the show does manage to catch a fair share of somebodys. The presidential tag team of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton gave a keynote address this morning and then cruised the show floor with a stop at the Sony Ericsson booth. The Foo Fighters performed at an LG party, Hootie and the Blowfish jammed at the Alcatel bash, while Bonnie Cha and I caught Ludacris at a Sprint soiree. Yet the strangest performance came from self-proclaimed "comedy legend" Gallagher. … Read more
Though the announcement didn't officially happen at CTIA, today Nokia unveiled an update to one of my favorite phones, the Nokia 5300 Xpress Music. Like its predecessor, the Nokia 5700 Xpress Music boasts a strong music-like portfolio but adds a twisting base straight from the Nokia 3250. The camera is also upped to 2 megapixels.
The microSD card slot can accommodate 2GB cards (that's about 1,500 tracks), and you can listen to your tunes via stereo Blueooth or connect your own wired headphones to the included 3.5mm adapter plug. Or for less private affairs, you can … Read more
Speech recognition technologies had a moderate presence at CTIA, and CallWave had one of the biggest announcements with its new Vtxt service. Designed for busy, on-the-go types, Vtxt eliminates the need to scan through long, dull voice mails by sending them to your cell phone. After someone leaves you a voice mail, you'll receive a text message containing the person's name and phone number as well as a summary of the voice mail. The summary is composed using a CallWave-developed algorithm that scans for what it deems as important words, while leaving out any pauses or words like &… Read more
Beyond showing its slick new cell phones at CTIA, Kyocera also demonstrated its new Bluetooth Music Gateway. This nifty device receives music from any stereo Bluetooth phone or device and then transfers the tunes to your home stereo via a standard RCA cable. You can see it here with the Kyocera E5000 music phone. Though not the first such device on the market, it still caught our eye due to its compact design and simple, easy-to-use functionality. It's also reasonably priced at $79.99. Look for a full review from CNET in the next couple weeks.
The company also … Read more
Stick a fork in it; day two of CTIA 2007 is done-zo. By this point, most of the big product and service announcements have already been made, but that doesn't mean the show's over people. No, no. There were still cell phones to be seen, accessories to be touched, and smart phones to be examined. Plus, with all the madness of opening day over with, we were able to spend more time scouring the show floor looking for those hidden treasures that are sometimes overlooked. So, here's a roundup of today's news.
Cell phones: Verizon Wireless … Read more