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CTIA 2006

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Having gone to CTIA.....

by casualsuede    Apr 8, 2006, 12:35 PM

I found the Samsung booth to be the best overall (not for design, I couldn't care less for their shows and booth designs).

They had a killer slim blackberry (7100t type keypad) that was major slim.

They also had their first HSDPA phone that will go into production ZX20. It has a disappointing form factor that was reminiscent of the SS ZX10 but heavier, the LG HSPDA device, which is coming out at the same time is much more compelling (but was not shown). I like their jewelry store concept but I am not a fan of the fugly jitterbug. That is a huge monstrosity that could have been executed better.

Second was a tie between LG and Sony Ericcson. While I've seen pictures, sometimes you just have to see the phones in real life. I really liked the K750, W910, K950. The LG 550 was cool (my fav design cause it's different and love the white and blue treatment). However, Samsung and LG had lots of asian/euro models that didn't interest me and while Samsung had lots of domestic ones, LG didn't have much (I've seen stuff that was further out).

Nokia was nothing interesting. They had a multitude of clamshells and most looked boring.

Motorola may have had something, but it was not shown. Most of their phones were variations of the RAZR, SLVR, ROKR and PEBL. There were some new phones, like the 315i and some foreign models.

Audiovox/UT Starcom?..zzzzzzzz.....boring. Nothing interesting. I was not into their rugged japanese phone. It was huge.

I didn't see Kyocera or Siemens/Benq. I did see the VK/Alcatel booth and I have to admit, there were a couple of Alcatel phones (the one nicked named "liquid metal" thaat I liked.

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