This week is the famous Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Your faithful crew from Computer Parts Greenville stayed home for the event. After last year’s fiasco, CES no longer has credibility in my book. In fact, CES 2012 is boring. Snooze.
The Year of the Tablet 2011
CES 2011 announced to the world a major shift from the iPad to the tablet . It also announced a major shift to Internet TV. People would see all the cool iPad killers at the event, toss Apple to the wind and hook up with a Motorola Xoom, an HP Touchpad or a RIM PlayBook. Boy were they wrong. The only non-iPad tablet that has seen marginal success is Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, but Apple’s patent war took it out of the running for lucrative holiday sales.
Let’s face it. If Galaxy Tab sales skyrocketed, it wouldn’t even put a fingerprint on iPad’s glistening armor. In 2011, sales of Apple devices soared while the iPad killers died ugly deaths. The Year of the Tablet was a dud.
Year of the Tablet 2012
Business people have not learned the lesson of 2011, did they? At least Internet TV isn’t the hottest item at CES 2012. Unbelievably, some people are asking for a re-run; they want 2012 to be the Year of the Tablet. What? Don’t they know what we all know? Someone send Infoweek some meds, please.
Tablets Sell … if they are iPads
The same thing will happen all over again: endless parades of iPad killers at CES 2012 will be shot down by the iPad 3. What makes the new Apple tablet even more deadly is its true HD screen and its smaller model. In 2012, consumers will be able to buy iPads for less than they could last year, meaning the slaves at Foxconn will be killing themselves twice as fast trying to satisfy America’s demand for the iPad.
What’s Hot at CES 2012
Sheesh. You’ve heard it all before. Glasses-free 3D TV, OLED HDTVs (guess which one of those gems will fall flat? Hint: it’s the one that has 3D in its name). Ford and Mercedes will be there selling smartphone apps for their cars.
Motorola rolled out its Droid 4. That’s really nice, but it works on Verizon. Y’know, Verizon? The company that sells people on having NFL Network and then charges them out the wazoo for data access when they actually watch it?
Oh yeah … will Steve Ballmer announce the Xbox 720 as he sings his swansong?
Snore. Wake me up in time MacWorld.