There was a bunch of stuff at CES this year that left many of us scratching our heads and wondering what the makers were thinking. Most of it was products that might have been decent enough, but were far overpriced for most of us. Other items were just plain weird and useless to many. Check out some of the worst stuff I saw at CES this year.
1. Android tablets - I think Android on tablets is great, don’t get me wrong. What bothers me is that so many manufacturers rolled out Android tablets and seem to be oblivious to the fact that their tablet has not one thing to set it apart from other tablets on the market. If you offer a tablet with similar specs as the iPad and then price it like the iPad, most people will just buy the iPad. Android tablet makers need to take a page from the Kindle Fire playbook. You need to be much cheaper or much better to compete with the iPad. The Le Pan II was one of the tablets that jumps out as offering nothing clearly better than anything else on the market.
2. Ultrabooks - It seems like Intel and a bunch of analysts are looking at the Ultrabook like the messiah of the notebook market. I have yet to see anything that will save a market being replaced by tablets. The Ultrabook so far is too expensive for me to even consider and many people think the same way. If these machines keep the performance and get much cheaper, I may change my mind. For now, all I see is a rehash of the netbook when it first launched and analysts though it was the savior, that only lasted a couple years.
3. iNuke Boom- Of all the crazy expensive iPod and iPhone docks that I have seen over the years the iNuke Boom is the most insane. Its sales price of $30,000 virtually guarantees that no one will ever buy the thing. I think this is more an out there way to bring attention to the brand than a serious attempt at a product to sell. The dock is the most over the top and weird gadget I saw come out of the show.