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CES Recap: Android’s Best Devices

Taking a look back at CES this year, whether you were disappointed in carrier or in anything at all, Android was a huge presence. CES 2011 showed off some ridiculously sweet devices, and I am going to talk about the best of the best today.

One of the big things at CES that caused major excitement and disappointment was the introduction of dual-core processors powering mobile phones. Some companies like Motorola really embraced this idea, while others seemed to think it wasn’t as important, specifically HTC. Clearly this can cause some mixed emotions in the Android community because some people who have a preference in manufacturer yet wanted dual-core may be disappointed, me being one.

As I previously mentioned, Motorola has embraced dual-core processing on two of their devices: the Atrix and the Droid Bionic. These phones are similar, but also different. The Droid Bionic is going to be on Verizon, hence “Droid” being included in the name, and the Atrix will be with AT&T. The Droid Bionic has a 4.3 inch screen and a dual-core processor, but sadly, it only has 512MB of ram. You would think that if Motorola gave a phone a dual-core 1GHZ processor they would at least give it 1GB of ram. Not only because it is just the smart thing to do, but also because the Atrix, also a Motorola phone, has exactly that. The Atrix has a slightly more noticeable presence of MotoBlur than the Droid Bionic does, but it has that 1GB of ram, which will clearly make the phone operate smoother. Motorola could have thrown in that extra ram, but they didn’t, and for some that is a deal breaker. What brought the Atrix over the top was the webtop application and the hdmi dock that will turn the Atrix into a computer more powerful than some netbooks.

HTC was also at CES and announced the Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt had everything from 4G to 2.2 with a promised upgrade to 2.3. However, one thing it did not have was a dual-core processor. Everyone at CES was expecting the Thunderbolt to come out strong, but many were disappointed by the absence of a dual-core processor. A lot of people are saying that this phone doesn’t need dual core because Froyo and Gingerbread both don’t make use of it. Others are saying you won’t be able to notice a difference until a dual-core processor is required because of the many things Android will be doing in the future. It doesn’t matter how you look at it, dual-core would have been nice, and you all know it.

Many people were very disappointed with Verizon’s lineup at CES 2011. With the Droid Bionic having only 512MB of ram and the Thunderbolt having no dual-core at all, I am a little as well. I do, though, have to look at how awesome these devices are. They are still fast and are promised to get Gingerbread. One other big thing is they both have front-facing cameras, a first for Verizon. These devices are awesome, and with my upgrade coming up in the next month I will probably own one myself. We may have to wait on the LG Revolution to see if Verizon will soon have a device will dual-core, 1GB of ram, and Android 2.3. On the bright side, Verizon will also have the Motorola Xoom, a tablet that is shaping up to be a monster with a dual-core processor and Honeycomb.

The real home run at CES though, was the Atrix. This device is awesome, and for the first time in a while AT&T is getting an Android phone that can compete with the specs of Apple’s device. Before the Atrix, the Captivate was left to fend for itself in the dark shadow of AT&T’s overwhelming iPhone 4 campaign. This most likely has to do with Verizon now having the iPhone as well because now AT&T’s network problems aren’t shielded by iPhone 4 and Apple’s clever marketing scheme of using fairy-tale words that make people think they are buying….well, I will save that for another article. Anyways, the Atrix stole the show, and clearly it is a fantastic device that people will be using for quite some time. CES really had some great devices, and I am excited to witness what is shaping up to be a great year for Android.

about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 16 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have advice? email [email protected]

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