Running from 9th – 13th January, the show will see the entire tech world descend on Las Vegas. We’ll be hearing from the biggest names in tech to talk about their plans for 2012. This actually means you won’t have much time to dissemble your Christmas tree and consume all the leftovers from the Christmas Eve table as you would have to board the plane and head to Sin City straight after!
What to Expect?
CES is the place to see THE LATEST and upcoming trends in the tech world i.e. audio, wireless, gadgets, gizmos… you name it! Every year the show focuses its attention on particular areas. Last year, it was items like smart TVs, connected devices, headphones, wireless devices and tablets. But what is it that we’re supposed to look out for this year?
Superphones: or rather to be more precise mini computers as phones nowadays are no longer just “smart”. They boast ultra-larger, uber-vibrant touch screens; often AMOLED, or even Super AMOLED; ultra-fast dual-core processors, and 4G connectivity. Examples we’ve seen already of such devices include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Motorola RAZR. Expect to see plenty more on this front at CES.
Tablets: The iPad still reigns supreme, especially with its latest iPad 2. But competitors are, and will continue to, work hard to come up with viable alternatives. Samsung’s Galaxy series has been one of the most notable Research in Motion (RIM) has already started working on its new BB10 operating system to include in both new smartphones and tablets. Maybe our eyes are going to see a BB10-powered PlayBook by CES? Well only time will tell.
Another area that is likely to dominate CES is Smart-er TV. That said we’re ought to look especially for new ways that smart TVs can interact with smartphones and tablets, and vice versa.
However none of these devices would be relevant if people didn’t consume CONTENT. This encompasses films, TV shows, games, music, books, news etc. It’s all about, where the content originates, how we get it, and who manages it because this is at the heart of every tech experience.
There’s probably a lot more that CES has to offer but let’s leave it till January as what would CES be without this vital element of surprise?
Tips for First-Timers to the Show
If you’re attending CES for the first time remember to follow these rules as they’re only here so you could make the most out of the CES 2012.
1) Wear comfortable shoes. Show takes 4 looooooooooooong days and believe me there’s a lot of walking and standing involved.
2) Plan your meetings based on location. You don’t want to set up a meeting with one company who’s in North Hall for 8 a.m., then schedule your next one for 8:45 all the way on the other side in South Hall, or offsite at a hotel. While everything in Vegas appears to be just a few minutes walk away, it’s deceiving. It’ll take you longer to get to each destination than you realize, especially when braving both the crowds of walking people and of cars. Not to mention cab, shuttle bus, and even tram lineups that’ll easily add significantly to commute times. So leave enough time, and plot your meetings to minimize run around.
3) Bringing your own snacks is a must unless you want to be running for whatever you can get at 2 p.m. to avoid long lines, or making constant visits to any vending machine you can find and yeah forget about lunch!
4) Bring loads of water to keep hydrated. Although it’s January Vegas heat can hit you at least during the day.
5) SLEEP! You’re probably thinking I’m having a laugh here… IN VEAGS? Guess what? I’m not. Try to at least get couple of hours of a good sleep as it is important to wake up in the morning with a clear head, and energized for another full day of work. At the end of the day it’s at least 4 of them.
6) Bring a comfortable bag instead of an over-the-shoulder one. While you might arrive at the show with a notepad, camera, and a few papers in your bag, you’ll leave with a flood of CDs, product brochures, magazines, USB flash drives, and product samples that will weigh you down quickly.
Sirio, Aria Hotel
Known for: Amazing food (best caprese), casual-yet-hip atmosphere, not too pricey, excellent service.
Ricardo’s Mexican on Decatur
Known for: It’s not the most convenient place to get to if you don’t have a car, but they have GOOD Mexican food.
Hofbrauhaus Restaurant & Beer Hall
Known for: Based next to the Hard Rock Hotel. It’s a German beer house modelled on the famous one in Munich; every night is Oktoberfest, and you can get a slab of schnitzel the size of a plate and beer in pint mugs!
The Burger Bar, Mandalay Bay mall
Known for: It’s on the budget side of things, and is very casual. They have great choices like the Ostrich Burger and Bison Burger. They also have over 100 beers to choose from, many on tap.
Nobu, Hard Rock Hotel
Known for: Has nice ambience and great Japanese food.
Wine Cellar, Rio
Known for: Great place to relax after show hours while tasting great wine.
TAO, The Venetian
Known for: The food is Asian-inspired and delivers a club-like experience that is like no other. You need to try the Sake martinis and Kobe beef! It’s definitely not a quiet spot to kick back!
The Mix, Mandalay Bay Resort
Known for: This place has both a breath-taking view, perched high atop the resort, and a fine menu.
Emeril’s Fish House, MGM Grand
Known for: They have some excellent set menu tasting dinners.
Fitzgerald’s Casino, Old Vegas
Known for: Has a great $5.95 steak and eggs breakfast for those who are tired (at 4 a.m.!) and budget-conscious.
Known for: A replica of the famous NYC location. Incredible food, nice atmosphere. Highly recommended!
Red Square, Mandalay Bay
Known for: It is one of the best vodka bars you’ll find anywhere. Huge selection, ice room, very cool.
Downtown Cocktail Bar, Fremont St.
Known for: Want a drink? You have to head to the Downtown Cocktail Bar.
West Wing Bar, MGM Grand (in a hidden corner)
Known for: Two-for-one drinks at happy hour. They also have blue cheese-stuffed olive garnished martinis if you ask nicely.
The Bank Nightclub, Bellagio Hotel
Known for: The Bank is Las Vegas’ premier nightlife destination, catering to a discerning audience with higher sensibilities. The exquisitely designed space encompasses everything a guest at the Five Diamond rated Bellagio has come to expect in nightlife. The Light Group’s progressive legacy aligned with its unequalled customer service will ensure that each client will leave with an exceptional experience. The Bank, rich in the tradition of European bottle service and original design, will flawlessly maintain its position as the most desirable cosmopolitan nightclub in Las Vegas.
Can’t wait? So do we!!! See you at the CES 2012!