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How Did AT&T Hold Up at CES 2010? Root Wireless (and TiPb) Report!

One of the more interesting conversations the Smartphone Experts team had at CES 2010 was with Root Wireless, who monitors the performance of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the US. Their overall message is that there's no single best carrier, because it varies so much from place to place, but they did try to determine which carrier survived CES the best.

Here's the bottom line:

  • AT&T started out providing the fastest service, but quickly fell to 4th place.

  • Verizon better maintained its consistency of service, performing particularly well on the event’s busiest days.

Loading its proprietary Root Mobile™ crowdsourcing application on smartphones purchased off-the-shelf from each of the ‘Big Four’ carriers, Root Wireless conducted stationary tests at a fixed location immediately adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, constantly running Root Mobile from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 5-8. The linear tests determine data transmissions speeds, cell tower hand-off rates and network connection failures, as monitored and reported by Root Mobile. It is noteworthy that the findings differ from others data transmission speed tests conducted using PCs, precisely because Root Mobile is engineered to determine wireless consumers’ real-world experience using smartphones, not PCs. Also worth keeping in mind: Results reported here are local to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Root Wireless network mapping software has confirmed that all network performance is local; it varies from neighborhood-to-neighborhood, from service provider to service provider.

CrackBerry Kevin shot from video at Root Wireless' booth, so if you're curious for more (and the techies among you should be!) go check that out on CrackBerry.com.

My experience after the break!

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Otterbox Commuter, Commuter TL for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

If in previous years you found yourself thinking Otterbox's tank-style Defender was too much armor, and their Impact just not quite tank-like enough, at CES 2010 they showed TiPb a middle-ground that some of you might find just right -- the Commuter series.

In both regular and TL (translucent, a reference to the clear strip across the back) versions, they're aiming it squarely at the urban warrior who wants as much protection as possible while still maintaining a slim, pocketable profile.

Check it out on video, after the break!

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Cocoon Grid-It and Fastback -- TiPb @ CES 2010

At CES 2010, Cocoon Innovations went from dipping a toe into iPhone waters with their new, windowed, messenger-style netbook bag to diving straight in with the secret-in-the-turtleshell Fastback cases.

The netbook case has a transparent pocket to showoff your iPhone or iPod touch, and inside features their really interesting looking Grid-It organizer, which can also safely and snuggly stow your iPhone or iPod inside.

The Fastback is an iPhone case that opens in the back to reveal an ample amount of storage for a headset, cards, etc.

Video after the break!

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Case-Mate Go Bare for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

After being Barely There last year, at CES 2010 TiPb wanted to know how much slimmer Case-Mate could go -- turns out they could go Bare. You read that right, one of the big products on display for Case-Mate in 2010 was their entry into the iPhone skin market, and the twist is their version doesn't require any application liquid, you just peel and apply.

Video of the skin being applied, after the break. And if you're the guy who made a living selling the tiny little squirt bottles, please don't comment spam us -- we're just the messenger....

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ScreenGuardz Privacy for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

NLU Products, makers of BodyGuardz, were gracious enough to take some time out at CES 2010 and show TiPb their four-way ScreenGuardz Privacy film for iPhone. Four-way means it won't just shield your iPhone from prying eyes in portrait mode, but horizontal as well. Buh-bye over-the-shoulder airplane movie snooper!

Check out the video, after the break!

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Powermat Inductive Charging for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Inductive charging is the future, and one of the companies trying to bring it to the iPhone is Powermat. I say trying only because, unlike our friends over at CrackBerry.com, we won't be able to just swap in an inductive battery and go about our business. To truly bring inductive to the iPhone, Apple will have to build it in the way Palm does with the Pre and Pixi.

But Apple is Apple, so companies like Powermat are working around them with cases. The iMore Store has the 2009 Powermat models in stock, but coming later in 2010, they're getting sleeker and adding a second, slightly longer case that includes an extended battery.

Powermat, and others, believe one day inductive charging will just be built into our counters, desks, cars, etc. Hopefully Apple includes it in the 4th generation iPhone. I know I want it.

CES 2010 sneak peak video after the break!

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TiPb Presents: iPhone Live! #83 -- CES-travaganza

Join PreCentral.net's Dieter, AndroidCentral.com's Phil, and Rene for iPhone 4, CES roundup, Palm Pre/Pixi Plus, Nexus One, iTablet, and all the week's news and opinions. Listen in!

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iPhone Live! with PreCentral.net's Dieter Bohn Tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT (1am GMT)

Join us for a very special Round Robin and CES 2010 episode of iPhone Live guest staring PreCentral.net and Smartphone Expert Editor-in-Chief Dieter Bohn!

We'll look at Palm's big webOS, Palm Pre Plus, and Palm Pixi Plus announcements, and oh, yeah -- Dieter's got a Nexus One to talk about. Plus everything we saw on the showroom floor.

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ZAGGbox, ZAGGsparq, App Space -- TiPb @ CES 2010

ZAGG, the makers of Invisible Shield, have diversified in a big way with their ZAGGbox video recorder, ZAGGsparq battery charger, and AppSpace service.

ZAGGbox pulls in all your analog video (including HD via component), gives you fast switching via a unified remote, and renders iPhone-compatible video you can send right to your device.

ZAGGsparq is a massive battery charger that re-charge an iPhone 4 times before it runs out of juice, and since it has 2 USB ports, it can charge your Bluetooth or any other compatible gadget at the same time.

AppSpace is an application discovery engine where you can go online to try and sort through the App Store's massive catalog and find more of the stuff you like. It also supports Android, with BlackBerry, Palm, and Symbian coming soon.

Video of all three, after the break!

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iType Physical Keyboard for iPhone Gets the Ultimate Test -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Ion's iType is a full sized -- full. sized. -- keyboard for the iPhone or iPod touch that comes bundled with an App Store app for easy text input. Output is another story -- given the iPhone's app sandboxing, you have to email or copy and paste the text into other apps. Ion is open to letting other apps use their hardware, however, so if Apple doesn't get it together and offer standardized keyboard dock and BT protocols, and something like a Finger App to share document content, we're hoping third parties can get at least part of it done themselves.

They also make a piano/synthesizer style iDiscover keyboard as well.

But enough philosophy, let's get physical with the keyboard. And who better to try perform the ultimate typing test than our best frenemy CrackBerry Kevin. He puts it through its paces in the video below. Check it out after the break, and let us know what you think.

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