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I have to say, after seeing the glass less 3D technology at CES this year I was pretty excited to get my hands on the new HTC EVO 3D device available on Sprint.   Following its announcement on Tuesday, HTC had it under glass allowing demos only to certified press but it was being demo’d at the Sprint lounge.  So I got a chance to take a look at it up close.

It was pretty amazing.  The 3D interface was slick and its ability to capture video in 3D and transfer it to a 3D television was pretty eye-catching.  Unfortunately I couldn’t get a copy of the video (not that it would have been much good without a 3D display) but a few of us there reenacted some fight scenes right there in the booth and then had the opportunity to view them immediately.  Oscar-worthy performances to say the least.

Today Verizon  launched their first LTE smartphone putting to rest how quickly they’d be releasing handsets on the new network.   The HTC Thunderbolt went on sale online and is currently on display in stores.  I made a drop by and took a few pictures of the display.

The device specs:  4.3-inch screen, priced at $250 on a two-year contract, Android 2.2 as the OS underlying the HTC Sense 2.0 UI,  8 megapixel camera with HD video recording, 768MB of RAM, and a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chip

Verizon Store on 34th/7th NYC

Positioned right next to the Samsung Galaxy Tab – Interestingly, a sales person suggested to a customer that with the screen size on the Thunderbolt they wouldn’t even need a tablet…great job of up selling Verizon!

As reported by The Droid Guy…

At an HTC Press conference this morning at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the company showcased 5 new mobile handsets about the HTC Desire S, The HTC Wildfire S, The HTC Incredible S, The HTC Cha-Cha and The HTC Salsa.

To conclude the event, the HTC Flyer Tablet was officially announced.  The Flyer is HTC’s first entry into the tablet market and consists of a 7″ lightweight tablet that fits right in your pocket. It comes with a stylus which can be used to navigate through the tablet experience and use HTC Scribe technology for marking things and taking notes. In a demo at the event they showed how you can write a note and record audio simultaneously so when you reference the note later you can hear an audio recording of what was happening when you took that note.  That technology is being billed as “HTC Time Warp”

http://www.thedroidguy.com

Base camp @ The Wynn

After leaving on a 6 am flight (with an unscheduled stopover in Cincinnati for some reason) I’ve finally arrived in Vegas for CES’11.  Let the madness begin!  The plane ride itself seemed like one big networking session with more mobile devices than one could imagine.  Many including myself required  carry-on bags just to get all their devices onto the plane.  I’m a newbie here so I was getting advice left and right.  As soon as the aircraft reached 34,000 feet it seemed like mini breakout  sessions had already begun.  Everyone from journalists, designers, engineers and venture capitalists all eager to get a head start.  I walked away with 5 business cards alone from the Admirals Lounge.

Here’s my goal for the week:  I’m going to attempt to blog throughout the day entirely from my mobile device (in this case a Sprint Evo 4G).  In addition, I’ll be posting nightly entries of some initial impressions from each day.

As a precursor to my posts, I wanted to lead with a couple of CES forecasts from Sean Dubravac, Chief Economist of CEA

  1. The Year of the Tablet: 80+ tablets are said to be in production for 2011, expect lots of different screen sizes
  2. The Year of 3D, Again: the entire 3D eco-system will be highlighted
  3. Internet Enabled Everything: Bringing the Internet directly to the TV
  4. App-lication: On televisions, tablets & mobile devices, inroads are expected in personal health & fitness as well as cameras, autos & digital displays

Make sure to check out the Flickr streams, tweets, Foursquare check-ins and the likes.  Get ready for a busy week with lots of posts and images.  Time to head down to the casino to do a little networking of my own.