Folks are noticing a few surprises at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Certain companies thought of as on their last legs and/or somewhat less relevant, are offering new mobile devices, while others are bringing back big name products from the past.
Kodak introduces their very first smartphone, the IM5, a phone geared toward user experience, rather than high-end specs. There already seems to be some disappointment though, since the Kodak name pushed everyone’s imagination to expect a camera experience above others.
Polaroid is in on the act also with multiple offerings. The Polaroid CUBE, an action camera that they hope will get them into competition with GoPro. Next the iZone Camera, a WiFi connected device, 2 inches square with 8x optical zoom, 18 megapixel resolution and NFC. Then, the legendary photography company presented the Polaroid Zip Mobile Printer, which connects wirelessly to any Android or iOS phone or tablet to simplify the mobile device printing experience.
Kenwood has come in with its new DDX9902S receiver for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The device comes with Bluetooth integration for wireless smartphone music listening and support iHeartRadio and Pandora.
Finally, Sony surprised many with their new Walkman-ZX2, high definition music player. Packed with power, Sony claims up to 60 hours of MP3 listening and/or 33 hours of high resolution playback from a single charge. It won’t come cheaply though. The latest Walkman is expected to have a price tag somewhere between $1000 and $1200. I’ll probably pass, but if it floats your boat and you can afford it, go for it.
Most of the above was a surprise to me and probably to many of you also. But, competition is always good for us, the consumers, so I hope they all do well.
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