The Consumer Electronics Show is the highlight of my year. I get to go to Las Vegas and get to see the latest gadgets, before they are released to the general public. Most of the time there will be a few gadgets available for purchase right then, but the rest will trickle out over the early part of the year.
This year, I am still waiting to see several devices, which have taken an eternity to make it to market; the Motorola Droid Bionic and the ASUS Eee Pad Slider. Both of these devices were announced at CES 2011, over 200 days ago.
ASUS has finally announced, for the second time, the Eee Pad Slider, but we still don’t have a release date or pricing for the U.S. The Motorola Droid Bionic is also finally confirmed for September after a 9 month gestation period.
While the gadget makers like ASUS and Motorola have been busy trying to get their devices to market, Apple has launched the iPad 2, the MacBook Pro and a new MacBook Air. Yes, these companies have been working on other devices, but it is astounding that these gadgets will be almost one year old when they arrive on the market.
Countless other gadgets have come and gone since January 2011, but few companies have the combination of bravery and foolishness to launch a product announced at CES this late in the year. While Motorola appears to have gone back to the drawing board to bring us a new Bionic, ASUS seems content with loading Android 3.1 on the Slider and sending it out into the world.
Of these two products, I can see the Droid Bionic succeeding if Motorola and Verizon listen to the advice of our own Adam Mills. The Eee Pad Slider, while nifty looking, will be lucky to capture a small percent of the already small Android tablet market.
By the time these products trickle down to retail and catch the attention of consumers there will be a new crop of devices leaking out and being announced at CES 2012.
If you were interested in the Droid Bionic and the Eee Pad Slider back in January are you still interested today? If you plan on getting the slider, why are you picking it up over the Eee Pad Transformer or another tablet with a keyboard case.