CES 2011: Xoom tablet, Android, 3D TVs highlights as show wraps up

See the tablets, cameras and other new technology unveiled at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Monday, January 10, 2011; 5:18 PM

Much has been made of the tablet and smartphone devices announced at CES. As Cecilia Kang explained:

Tablets and smartphones took the spotlight at the Consumer Electronics Show on Thursday, with Motorola, Samsung and LG showering attendees with dozens of faster and more powerful devices that will reach consumer hands this year.

Motorola said the Xoom tablet, which has Flash video software and cameras for videoconferencing and regular photos, will be available in February as the first tablet running on Google's Android Honeycomb operating system. LG announced its G-Slate tablet to run on T-Mobile's network, and Research in Motion unveiled the Blackberry Playbook tablet for Sprint.

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Motorola gave audiences at CES 2011 a peak at their new tablet, the Xoom. Rob Pegoraro gives us a closer look at the supposed iPad-killer:

The most promising iPad competitor at CES may be Motorola's Xoom, but it's a little too soon to write that in pen instead of pencil. I got a quick tour of this Android tablet computer at Motorola's booth this afternoon that both outlined what could make it an effective rival to Apple's bestseller and left reasons to think it might not do the trick.

In its favor, the 1.5-lb. Xoom--pronounced "zoom" and written by Motorola in all-caps--offers a slightly larger screen than the iPad, at 10.1 inches versus the Apple tablet's 9.7, and with a higher 1280-by-720 pixel resolution than the iPad's 1024-by-768 resolution. It includes both a 2-megapixel camera on the front and a 5-MP camera on the back, combined with Google's own Google Talk video-calling software built in. That should be a step up from the third-party applications and services bundled by other vendors.

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After the Consumer Electronics Show 2011 wrapped up, Rob Pegoraro examined some notable absences:

A non-TiVo, subscription-free digital video recorder. Right now, you're stuck choosing between TiVo, with monthly service fees that typically run $12.95 but can go much higher if you buy a TiVo at a discounted price; or whatever DVR your cable or satellite operator chooses to rent to you. Considering how cheap storage runs these days, can't somebody put together an alternative recorder without a monthly bill? How about one that also allows easy offline archiving?

Cameras with some of the simple photo-sharing options found on smartphones. My own reporting reminded me of this: I kept using a phone to take pictures, even though it offered lesser quality, because I could post them immediately (barring reception issues) instead of waiting to flip open a laptop, copy over the photos and upload them from the computer. If Samsung's SH100 camera, which can use WiFi for uploading, was a rare exception; Kodak models that tout easy sharing but require that you connect them to a PC first were more typical.

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