If you didn't have a chance to check out Engadget Mobile's play-by-play of this week's CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment convention, fret not -- we've got your executive summary of all the goodies right here. The show ended up being a bit weak in the way of new product introductions, but that certainly doesn't mean we didn't get our fair share of juicy hands-ons. Read on for the best and worst of CTIA Fall 2006!
We were seriously digging the pattern on the backside of the RIZR at the Moto booth. Or at least we thought we were, but it might've just been the fact that we hadn't eaten in like, 24 hours.
There was a Linux-powered Motorola MING lurking on the show floor, but don't get your hopes up -- this sucker had "China Mobile" inscribed on back.
Excalibur looks in person; it just doesn't photograph very well. Mad props to T-Mobile for picking it up!
E62 S60 smartphone. Not bad, Nokia, not bad at all. It'll be interesting to see this thing go head to head with T-Mobile's Dash (the Excalibur, that is) in the coming months.
Star Trek-based stablemates. My, what a dear price we pay for a little extra battery life.
It turns out that UTStarcom (of all companies!) ended up having one of the more intriguing lineups at the show. The 6800 (top) represents HTC's successor to the Apache, but that's about all we could get anyone to tell us about it, despite the big honkin' poster of it right at the entrance to the show floor. The EV-DO Rev A-capable 5800 wasn't being much more open, either, though we caught its HTC codename (Libra). Both devices are expected to launch in the next couple quarters.
Digit Wireless was showing off their vision of a Fastap-enabled handset of the future (translation: mockup of a decent-looking phone with a bizarre keypad).
If you're still in denial that CTIA's history until next spring like we are, be sure to hit up Engadget Mobile for more in-depth coverage (the good and the bad). Adios, CTIA!