Las Vegas is a special place, what happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas. There are obviously exceptions to that rule, and CES is one of those exceptions. CES is where manufacturers and service providers show off their wares and give the media and consumers a taste of what is yet to come.
We brought you coverage of all the highlights from Alcatel to ZTE, AT&T to T-Mobile and Verizon. All the heavy hitters were there, Nokia was on hand offering re-charge suites and showing off Nokia Here. Lenovo was also present. We saw the unveiling of some nice looking hardware from the far east – Huawei and ZTE, two manufacturers eager to break into western mobile markets.
Still, there is more to CES than all the gadgets, there are the amazingly long taxi lines, there are crowds of people in every direction and on every street corner there are people offering little bits of information promising a good time for all. From high-above, Las Vegas looks like another world, and it truly is. Vegas is an oasis in the desert and while it is known for casinos and other indulgences, there is literally something for everyone.
We saw families attending CES, little kids on their way to a Vegas show with their parents and the ubiquitous gambler looking to make some easy cash at the tables.
Most days were exhausting, in addition to the three massive halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CES and its exhibitors had displays and venues at literally every hotel in the city. From the Encore to Mandalay Bay to the Ventian, there was always someplace to go. We thought you would like to see some different angles of CES and Las Vegas and share just a little bit of the experience. Though honestly, you truly have to be there to understand it.
Las Vegas and 2013
Las Vegas and 2013
1. Welcome to CES
The registration tent was massive, fortunately, we got to avoid that hassle.
The Las Vegas Convention Center consists of three massive halls, North, South and Central. In addition to the halls themselves, each wing also holds a number of meeting rooms and smaller venues.
This was the lowest density of people witnessed by us at the convention center.
5. About the norm...
Outside, there was plenty of room to maneuver, inside, that was definitely not the case.
LG (like all the big players) had a large, dynamic exhibit.
7. Optimus G
8. 3-D Cinema
The largest portion of LG's exhibit was highlighting their 3D technology which always attracted a crowd. Look to the right and you will see how packed the line was to pick up some 3D glasses and explore.
The line to the Sharp presentation at their exhibit was measured in a wait time of hours.
Panasonic had one of the largest exhibits, and the most "open," so it was easy to get in an out of. No mobile devices coming from Japan this time, high-res displays and Lumix cameras were the attraction.
Coby is known for affordable goodies, and their exhibit had great exposure because they were right next to Samsung.
Samsung's exhibit was nearly as large as Panasonic's, and had everything on display for the consumer (their Semiconductor unit had an exhibit as well, but that was at a hotel).
Nyne had an attractive range of audio components for the home and on the move. They were right next to Samsung as well.
14. Wait for a taxi
It is hard to see, but along the left of this crowd, from the far end to all the off the left of the picture, the taxi line stretched for hundreds of yards (or meters), fortunately, we had our own transportation.
You cannot just hail them the way you might in New York.
16. A luxurious affair
Some of the manufacturers put on a great spread for clients and media (yes, we will share our story about that)
17. T-Mobile's press event
T-Mobile CEO John Legere was dynamic and made for a great press event which we covered for you live.
18. Las Vegas at night
The skyline of Las Vegas is amazing to behold, especially at night. These following pictures were taken from the top of the Stratosphere tower.
19. MGM, Mandalay Bay, and THEHotel
20. Caesar's Palace and The Mirage
Caesar's Palace's stoic buildings are distinct along the Las Vegas strip.
21. Treasure Island, The Mirage and Trump
22. Trump Tower
Like a lone gold bar, Trump Tower uses luxury to make up for lack of a casino.