Best Smartphones Coming to Market
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has quickly become the place of choice for smartphone manufacturers to debut their latest product innovations.
Annually, industry insiders and consumer electronic enthusiasts descend on Sin City as a rite of passage, debuting the next generation of smartphones to soon hit the market. The 2011 CES saw HTC and Motorola emerged as show favorites, but LG and Samsunggenerated some out-of-this-world buzz.
For those not fortunate enough to attend the smartphone coming out party in the desert, here are the top 10 smartphones from the 2011 CES.
10. Samsung's bendable cell phone screen
Okay, technically this isn’t a smartphone, but it’s far too cool to leave of the list and will surely kick off this 10 best smartphone countdown with a bang. Samsung showed off a new 4.5" WVGA (800x480) flexible AMOLED display. The bendable screen can be twisted and contorted while retaining its high resolution.
9. HTC Evo Shift 4G
An encore to last year’s model, the HTC Evo Shift 4G has a sliding Qwerty keyboard and the latest version of the highly acclaimed HTC Sense user experience. This smartphone boasts 4G, Android 2.2, a 5MP camera/HD camcorder and a 3.6-inch capacitive touch screen display. Despite minor alterations, this year’s is boringly similar to last year’s version.
8. HTC Inspire 4G
The HTC Inspire 4G is designed with the social media user in mind. Using HTC Sense, every email, status update, tweet, text message and phone call is grouped by person. The HTC Friend Stream app aggregates social networks into a single feed.
7. LG Optimus Black
LG claims that the Optimus Black 4-inch "NOVA" display boasts the brightest and sharpest image on the market. On top of that, attendees marveled at how thin the smartphone, measuring 3.8 inches long by 2.51 inches wide by less than half an inch thick. Optimus Black ships with the Android 2.2 OS, now the second most smartphone OS.
6. Samsung Infuse 4G
Leading the way in smartphone image quality, the Samsung Infuse 4G will be the thinnest Android device and feature the largest screen at 4.5 inches in AT&T’s smartphone lineup. With Samsung’s next-generation Super Amoled Plus technology, the Infuse 4G features 50% more sub-pixels for better contrast and outdoor readability.
5. Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc
One of the few Sony products not 3D capable, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is, however, one of the few 2011 smartphones that will ship with Android 2.3 OS. This smartphone is also characterized by a slim 8.7mm body and a 4.2-inch display for crisp, clear images. For bloggers, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc left an impression, in part to its quickness. It is the first smartphone to utilize the Mobile Bravia Engine.
4. LG Revolution
Announced for Verizon's 4G LTE network, the LG Revolution was a CES 2011 People’s Choice Award nominee. We’re not sure if it received accolades for the built-in Netflix app or the spacious 4.3-inch display, but either way, LG apparently gave the people what they wanted.
3. HTC Thunderbolt
Quite possibly the fastest smartphone and definitely the most hyped headed into CES, the HTC Thunderbolt lived up to expectations. With a midyear release date, HTC Thunderbolt is perfect for multimedia and YouTube fans with its lightning fast loading speeds.
2. Motorola Droid Bionic
Another Verizon 4G poster child and CES 2011 People’s Choice Award nominee, the Motorola Droid Bionic deploys a dual-core processor for a total of 2GHz of power. With that power and Motorola's growing portfolio of business-ready smartphones, IT developers can build custom apps for business tasks. An official release should come in the second quarter.
1. Motorola Atrix 4G
Another 2011 People’s Choice Award nominee and winner of the 2011 CES Award for smartphones, the Motorola Atrix 4G essentially harnesses the power and performance of mobile computing. Users can connect the Motorola ATRIX to an HDMI compatible monitor, HD TV or Motorola’s Laptop Dockand surf the web with a full Mozilla Firefox browser and access all files, emails, photos and movies on a larger screen in the office. The Motorola Atrix 4G is easily the most versatile and functional smartphone slated to be released this year.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.