Our first CES has come to a close and it’s time to hand out some awards. There were no Android phone announcements for the United States, but we still got to play with some cool new Android gadgets. Read on to see which products we picked as the best of the best.
Best Android Phone
Winner: Nexus One
Technically this handset was announced a couple of days before CES, but it was still the hottest Android phone in Las Vegas. Practically every person we encountered had heard of the phone and they all asked to play with it. We have only had our Nexus One phones for a couple of days, but they do live up to the hype. Clark and I were amazed at the speed of the Snapdragon processor and the video quality of the camera. Check back later this week for our full review.
Best Android Application
Winner: TwonkyServer Mobile
If you have any connected devices in your home entertainment center, TwonkyServer Mobile is a must download. This free application allows you to beam all your personal media to most UPnP and DLNA devices. We were amazed at how easy it was to record a video with our Android phone and view it on a HD TV seconds later. Keep an eye on Twonky Media for some even more exciting products.
Best Android Accessory
We always thought Powermat was a cool idea, but were disappointed with their lack of support for Android phones. Thankfully, Powermat will be providing charging accessories for virtually all Android phones in 2010. Now we can all lose the cords and never have to plug our phones in again.
Best Android eReader
Winner: Spring Design Alex
Walking around CES, I think I spotted about 100 different e-readers. The Spring Design Alex was our favorite because of its large LCD display and the ability to run Android applications. If a carrier subsidizes this device (as rumored) we think it could hold its own against more popular Android e-readers like the Nook.
Best Android Crossover
Winner: Touch Revolution Nimble
Most of the hardcore Android fans are passionate about the operating system because they know of its potential to power devices other than smartphones. Touch Revolution showcased the flexibility of Android with their Nimble drop-in module which was demoed in a microwave, washer, printer, and other home devices. We look forward to the day we can pull up the Food Network on our microwave and receive a text message when our laundry is done. I expect the Nimble will also find its way into numerous home automation products as well.
Winner: HP Android netbook
Google has yet to certify a netbook to include their Android applications, but HP might change their mind. The HP Android netbook product demo was the first netbook I’ve seen to offer a usable Android interface. It featured a 10 inch touch display, Snapdragon processor, and keyboard with dedicated Android keys (home, menu, back, search). Hopefully HP listens to the positive feedback and decides to turn this demo into an actual retail product.
Best in Show
So what was the most impressive Android tech we saw at CES? A battery.
Out of all the products we got our hands on, this is the one that most of you are likely to want this year. Powermat has an impressive 2010 lineup that is going to blow everyone away. They already have partnerships with all the major handset makers and will begin shipping their new products in Q2 2010.
Our preview earlier this week only scratched the surface of Powermat’s grand plans. We have some demo units in hand and will be posting an in-depth feature shortly.
Every Android user will want to purchase a Powermat and I expect it to be the hottest smartphone accessory of 2010.