Best of CES 2012 Awards
The annual orgy of electronics in Las Vegas, formally known as the Consumer Electronics Show, ends today. Here are some mobile devices that won Best of CES 2012 awards.
* Best smartphone: Nokia Lumia 900. This year’s award-winner has nothing to do with Apple or Android. It’s a Windows Phone from Nokia with a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, a camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 28mm focal length (very unusual for a smartphone), dual LED flash, a 1.4GHz processor to support LTE networking, and 16GB of storage. No word yet on pricing or date of availability, but the phone will be an AT&T offering.
* Best PC: HP Envy 14 Spectre. HP’s new consumer ultrabook features scratch-resistant glass on its lid, display, palmrest, and touchpad, which HP claims is an industry first. The 14-inch screen ultrabook also sports a backlit keyboard that lights up when you approach and dims when you depart; a 9-hour battery; wireless audio that streams music to up to four external devices; up to 256GB SSD drive; an HD webcam; USB 3.0; and more. The HP Envy 14 Spectre will be available Feb. 8 beginning at $1,400.
* Best tablet: Asus Eee Pad Memo 370T. Asus unveiled a 7-inch tablet with a quad-core, Tegra 3-based processor for only $250. The tablet, shipping in the second quarter this year, stands a good chance of shaking up the tablet market, just as Amazon’s $200 Kindle Fire has. The Eee Pad Memo 370T will have at least 16GB of storage; a 1,280 x 800-pixel IPS display. It weighs 0.88 pounds; has an 8-megapixel camera; and features a Micro USB port, Micro SD card reader, and a Micro HDMI port.