CES 2012 – Tech That Worked

This is post 20 of 22 in the CES 2012 series

Phones Charging

We’re finally back from Las Vegas and the tech heaven that is the Consumer Electronics Show. As you would expect, we took a TON of gadgets and technology with us to help keep up with the team and give you constant updates from the show floor. Some of that technology worked awesome, some didn’t fare so well. Here’s a list of what worked, and worked well.

GroupMe_Logo1. GroupMe – we used this previously at Lollapalooza, and as expected, it was basically a lifeline. GroupMe allows you to quickly and easily setup groups for different people, somewhat like a chat room on your phone. The best part, and the reason that it works well, is that while there’s a pretty solid app available for every platform out there, it will also fall back to SMS if data is unavailable (as it often is on a busy trade show floor). When you’re trying to keep tabs on a group of people, a service like GroupMe is essential.




2. Motorola DROID RAZR with Verizon’s 4G LTE service and Hotspot – we brought a handful of phones, and this was by far the rockstar of the bunch. Verizon’s 4G LTE service never got bogged down, and the DROID RAZR has the battery life to keep it going nearly all day long. We also had the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but found the mobile hotspot service on the DROID RAZR to be slightly more reliable. Oddly enough, our iPhones and iPads had trouble connecting to the mobile hotspots, but at least our Android-powered toys had full connectivity.




Enercell Portable Power Bank3. Enercell Portable Power Banks – you’re probably tired of hearing me rave about these, but come on, they’re just plain awesome. With 3 Enercell Portable Power Banks, we were able to keep 6 different phones charged up throughout a grueling day of snapping photos, tweeting, GroupMe-ing, and emailing. I was able to recharge them each night from my laptop with the built-in USB plug, so every morning they were fresh and ready to go. Another solid charging solution (pictured above) is the Belkin Mini Surge Protector. It’s small enough to toss in your bag and has 2 USB charging ports in addition to 3 regular plugs.



Apple iPad 24. Apple iPad 2 – as you probably know by now, we shot ALL of our video with the Apple iPad 2 – we didn’t even bring a ‘backup’ camera. The iPad 2 was a rockstar – battery life wasn’t even remotely a concern, nor was storage (we used the 64GB WiFi model). I also much preferred carrying my own iPad on the showfloor to a laptop – even a netbook. It was light enough that my shoulder didn’t hurt at the end of the day, but powerful enough that I could knock out a few emails and other work-related things when we had some downtime at lunch. A case with a keyboard built-in might have been nice, but even the onscreen keyboard does extremely well.



Apple iPod Classic5. iPod Classic – Sometimes, you just have to jam out. I bought an Apple iPod Classic last year and absolutely love it because it’s a no-frills way to simply rock. Before heading to the show floor, the right playlist helped me get pumped up for a day of shooting video, and it was a relief on the bus back to the hotel when I needed to wind down a bit.



If I had to choose just 5 things to hit the show floor with at CES 2013, those would be it. Do any of those surprise you?

This is post 20 of 22 in the CES 2012 series


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked.


  • nan palmero

    The iPod Classic is a surprise to me. I do love Slacker Radio and I don’t care to buy music, so it would be a no go. Everything else makes sense. Wish we could have bumped into one another there!

    • Ricky Cadden

      Yes, the iPod Classic surprises most, but it does precisely what I need, nothing more. Especially in an environment with limited power and connectivity, it’s brilliant. I wish we would have met up, as well. There’s always SXSW in a month or two!

  • Joel Hernandez

    I would have taken the iPad 2 , and or The iPhone 4. I m set with that.