CES Day Three: CNET’s Best of CES Awards
One of the most coveted distinctions at CES is winning a CNET Best of CES Award. I had an opportunity to watch the awards show this year as they handed out the various winners. I didn’t cover many of the products that they gave awards for but it clearly is an award that all of the vendors here hope to receive. For a complete list of the award winners you can see their list here.
The most prestigious of all of their awards is the best of show award which this year went to Creative Zen for their Vision:M which they cite as a potential iPod killer: “iPod killer? With a brighter screen, better battery life, and more features, the Creative Zen Vision:M certainly has the goods to give the iPod a run for its money. In addition to a voice recorder and an FM tuner, the $330, 30GB Zen Vision:M supports a wide range of video formats, works with a growing number of online stores, and is compatible with subscription services. Cementing it as our Best in Show pick is its winning design; any product that cares to take on the stylish iPod must be able to turn heads. Though it’s thicker than the iPod, the Vision:M boasts a sturdy, comfortable feel, a rainbow of color choices, and glossy good looks.”
The other highly coveted award handed out by CNET is the People’s Voice Award which this year went to the Pioneer Inno: “The people have spoken! More than 5,000 of you voted in our online poll, and your clear choice was the Pioneer Inno. Formerly known as the AirWare, the Inno is a standalone player/recorder for XM Satellite Radio; it can record up to 50 hours of programming. Even better, you can use the Inno as an MP3 player. Perhaps you’re all huge Snoop Dogg fans, but we suspect that you like having options: lots of audio channels, accessible anywhere.”
Two interesting products worth checking out in 2006.
The best camera and camcorder award went to the Sanyo Xacti HD1, an ultra small chip based high definition camcorder. “Sanyo melds several of the hottest trends in video today in its Xacti HD1 camcorder: HD video, flash-media recording, and an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display. The ultracompact device records 720p MPEG-4 video to an SD card, shoots 5-megapixel stills, uses a 2.2-inch OLED display, and does it all for a relatively reasonable price: $800.”
For more info on camcorders here at CES you might want to check out Camcorderinfo.com. I shared a table with them in the Press Room at CES and they have undertaken the daunting task of covering every digital camera and camcorder at CES and are a pretty comprehensive site for finding reviews on the cameras. I’ve blogged about Sony’s high definition camcorders in the past and here is a review from Camcorderinfo’s site on the Sony HDR-HC1 HDTV camcorder. This is probably the HD Camcorder that I will buy for myself at some point in the future.