Best Mobile Tech of CES 2011: Motorola, 4G, Tablets

CES 2011 is the Super Bowl of the tech world and this year was dominated by mobile tech more than any of the previous CES shows. We busted our humps to get you up-to-the-minute news of all the goodies in the mobile world — you can find all of our coverage in the CES 2011 section — and now that the show is wrapped, we thought we’d run down the most impressive mobile tech from the past week. As we recover from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, check out our CES 2011 Best of Show round-up below.


Motorola Xoom tops the CES 2011 show

I was on the shuttle bus one morning talking to a non-techie attendee who asked me what I did and then immediately asked me what was the best thing I’ve seen. I casually mentioned Motorola and he was surprised. It wasn’t that long ago that Motorola represented uninspired design with horrible software but the now-independent mobile devices company is in the middle of a remarkable comeback and it was undoubtedly the star of the show.

The biggest news was probably the Motorola XOOM Android Honeycomb tablet, which is going to give the Apple iPad a run for its money. The specs are quite impressive: 10.1-inch display with a 1280 X 800 16:10 widescreen HD display, a dual-core processor that can run both cores at 1 GHz speeds, full Adobe Flash 10.1 support, WiFi, 3G, optional 4G LTE, a 5-megapixel rear camera with HD 720p video, and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chatting.

The Motorola Xoom is also exciting because it is the first time we’ve seen Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is optimized for this form factor and includes a highly-refined user interface and additional features. Our resident Android head Blake wrote a huge post about our first impressions of Android 3.0 Honeycomb and you should definitely check it out.

That tablet may have been enough for Motorola to steal the show but the company also brought the heat with its smartphones. With a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, WiFi, 4G HSPA+, and an optional laptop dock, the Atrix 4G is going to be a great reason to stick with AT&T, even if the iPhone jumps over to Verizon this week. The Droid Bionic is also a beast of a smartphone and it will have access to the Verizon 4G LTE network. Even the Cliq 2 packs some darn good hardware for a mid-range device.

Check out the video of the Droid Xoom below and you can find all of our Motorola CES 2011 coverage here.


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