The year’s first tablet-palooza will be the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES). CNET’s list of what to expect:
The most anticipated moment of CES for now is what Verizon will do with its moment in the spotlight. Rumors of a Verizon iPhone have been circulating for what seems like years now. And Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg has the all-important opening day keynote on Thursday, where he is expected to talk about his shiny new 4G network.
What about the line of iPad killers?
Unless you’ve sequestered yourself in a place with no Internet or TV, you’re likely aware that this year’s show is going to be all about tablets. Tablets, tablets, tablets—get used to reading that now because you’re going to see and hear it repeated all week long. The devices we’ll see will be from competitors gleefully gunning for Apple’s iPad: slate-style touchscreens that are very app friendly.
What about Microsoft?
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will use his traditional keynote the night before the show floor opens to talk updates to Windows Phone 7, perhaps give us a very early peek at Windows 8 but mostly to talk up slates and tablet PCs.
Lots of talk. Apple just seems to shut up and produce products that people actually buy.