Enterprise Mobility: HTC, Samsung, Nokia, RIM, Dell Highlight CTIA Devices

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-03-23 Print this article Print
Nokia Astound

Nokia Astound

Nokia might have signed a deal with Microsoft to adopt Windows Phone 7 as its software platform, but dont tell that to this new smartphone, which relies on Symbian. The device is available on T-Mobile.
CTIA is where manufacturers and carriers go to unveil and demonstrate their latest smartphones and tablets, hoping to excite both the consumer and business worlds with a variety of new features and form-factors. As the smartphone and tablet markets grow white-hot, those companies seem more determined than ever to offer products that not only match their rivals' capabilities, but add something new (and hopefully "wow") to the mix. At this year's show, dual-core seems to be the standard to beat in terms of processing power, and woe to the smartphone that doesn't come with a high-megapixel camera (or even a 3D-capable one) embedded in its back. Android tablets are much on display this year, as their creators hope to take a chunk out of the Apple iPad's commanding market share. Whether it's the Dell Streak 7, the newly resized Samsung Galaxy Tab or T-Mobile's G-Force, everyone at the show seems to have a touch-screen device ready. Research In Motion is also gearing up its BlackBerry-branded PlayBook tablet, which utilizes a proprietary operating system. Phones are increasingly powerful, too: whether T-Mobile's G2x with its Nvidia Tegra, or Sprint's HTC Evo 3D (capable of shooting the aforementioned 3D images), these devices have essentially become palm-size PCs. All of this money and effort spent on development and marketing, of course, means companies have a lot to lose if these devices aren't a hit with the masses. Which brings us to the question: for all the smartphones and tablets making splashy debuts this week, how many will be around in a year?
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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