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india Updated: Jan 22, 2011 20:10 IST
Rajiv Makhni
Rajiv Makhni
Hindustan Times
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No time for witty, long-winded openings – this is a hardcore second report on CES 2011. Last week I was able to cover very little. This week, as promised, is all the good stuff that got left over from last time.

Samsung SH100
Here’s a camera that can almost rival a cameraphone in features and connectivity. While the 3-inch LCD display, 14.2-megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom and touchscreen controls are great, it’s the connectivity that makes it stand out. Connect it to your smartphone and monitor the action on the phone screen to control the zoom and shutter when taking self portraits.

It also has built-in Wi-Fi to automatically back up shots to your computer and upload your pictures to social networking sites like Facebook or mail them directly to friends. The SH100 can also upload video straight to YouTube.

Sony HDR-TD10
While I’m still not convinced about the whole 3D revolution, some products still make a lot of sense. And combine that with some serious specs and you have an outright winner. This Sony ‘cammie’ has two lenses and can capture 1920 x1080 HD video from each. That’s twice as much as before and makes a stunning difference to the final Double HD 3D picture. It can also do normal 2D with just the left lens. Also cool is the fact that you can watch your 3D masterpiece on the 3.5-inch LCD display without 3D glasses!

LG Revolution
While LG also annouced the LG Optimus Black at CES, it was the Revolution that stole the show. This one has a mammoth 4.3-inch touchscreen that has stunning clarity and is supremely responsive. Other add-ons are a front-facing camera for video calling, a 5MP main camera with an LED flash, HD camcorder, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI port and DLNA. It’s on Android 2.2 right now but can be upgraded further.

HP Pavilion dm1
It’s tough to get a netbook out today that can still have people go wow, but the HP dm1 does just that. This is an 11 inch netbook that blows most of the competition out of the water. It’s very fast, runs very cool, has great aesthetics, fantastic lasting power on battery, good speakers and a very well thought out keyboard. It’s the AMD Fusion processor that really makes this small, light
little laptop a total pocket rocket.

Kodak Playfull
The small ‘take in your pocket’ blogger type of video cameras seem to be a rage but most seem klunky, not very well thought out and the final output is horrendous. The Playfull from Kodak seems to know its limitations and does a good job for what it is intended for. It’s a Full HD digital video camera that is the shape and size of a small digital voice recorder and allows users to send videos by e-mail or upload them to sites like YouTube. The Kodak Playfull can also capture stills at a resolution of 5 megapixels. In addition, this little thing also has in-camera editing to let you trim and reduce your movie or image before you start uploading it.

Samung BD-D7500
Samsung calls it the world’s thinnest Blu-Ray player, but it is the feature set inside this thin sliver of electronics that makes it really unique. It has 2D-to-3D conversion capabilities and can up-convert normal SD content and streaming video to HD. Plus the unit’s built-in Wi-Fi gets it to easily connect to other devices without wire clutter. The DLNA-certified player is just 0.9 inches thick and has a start up time of under three seconds.

Acer ICONIA Touchbook
While I’ve played around before with a prototype of the Iconia, this version seems like the real thing. And I was fascinated. This is a dual-screen ‘touchbook’ with no physical keyboard. Think of it as two regular tablets, or one screen with a touchscreen keyboard or even a book with two full-page screens or a large, open digital magazine. Even the video on it can run from one screen to another. Opening webpages and two applications simultaneously is quite amazing.

If the battery life on this can be made better, the possibilities are endless. Some of the other great goodies: the Sony Ericsson Arc Phone, Parrot Asteroid Car Receiver, Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air, Seagate Tiniest GoFlex USB 3.0 Hard Drive, Alienware M17x laptop...in fact it is a long and endless list. Who says what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Some of the good stuff does come out!

From HT Brunch, Januray 23
Rajiv Makhni is managing editor, Technology, NDTV and the anchor of Gadget Guru, Cell Guru and Newsnet 3.
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