And so we come to the end of the week of CES 2015 in Las Vegas, easily one of the biggest annual mobile events alongside Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in February/March, and IFA in Berlin in September.
There’s been plenty to digest this week, so for those who need to catch up, or those who simply fancy a refresher, let’s take a look at the best and worst of CES 2015.
Best smartphone at CES 2015
No Samsung Galaxy S6, no Sony Xperia Z4, no HTC Hima… But hey, we all knew that’d be the case anyway, and there was no shortage of interesting new smartphones at CES 2015 regardless.
Our pick for best smartphone at CES 2015 is the LG G Flex 2, which somehow casts off the niche device shackles of the first generation model, and presents itself as a phone people might genuinely consider buying.
That’s probably because the display is slightly smaller (now 5.5in instead of 6in) while cramming in more pixels (rising from 720p to 1080p).
Furthermore, “Self Healing” makes a return, with the LG G Flex 2 promising to banish everyday nicks in a matter of seconds – not minutes, and there’s a further claim to fame being one of the first smartphones in the world with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.
Throw in a 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS), expandable storage and a 3,000mAh battery, and we’re sold!
Winner: LG G Flex 2
Runner-up: Asus ZenFone 2 (only $199?!)
Best tablet at CES 2015
The Lenovo Yoga tablets are fast becoming a firm favourite with bargain hunters, and at the time of writing, incidentally, you can grab the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 for £119.99 at Argos, or as a refurb for £94.99 (with a 12-month warranty) from Argos on eBay.
But I digress! Best tablet at CES 2015, for our money, is the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 2 with Windows, and we’d be lying if we said the fact that you can use a fork as a stylus didn’t have something to do with it. That's thanks to the appropriately named AnyPen Technology. Just look at that press pic! "Love you too"! With a fork!
In keeping with Yoga tradition, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 2 with Windows has a hinged design, allowing you to Hold, Tilt, Stand and Hang the tablet. Take that, er, all other tablets in the world.
Full Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 2 with Windows specs include an 8in IPS 1080p display, 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio and Wolfson Master Hi-Fi noise reduction, and a 6,400mAh battery offering up to 15 hours’ use.
Priced at a reasonable $299 (roughly £200), we’ll be yelling at Lenovo for a UK release.
Runner-up: Asus Transformer Book Chi
Biggest disappointment of CES 2015
For us, the biggest disappointment of CES 2015 wasn’t the lack of the Samsung Galaxy S6, or the Sony Xperia Z4, or the HTC Hima, or indeed any smartphone.
Nope, our tears were reserved for the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra – or the lack thereof. We really thought it might show face *sniff*.
Japanese manufacturer Sony was rumoured to bring as many as four Xperia Z4 devices to CES 2015, namely the Sony Xperia Z4, Xperia Z4 Compact, Xperia Z4 Ultra and Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra. While none of those appeared, it’s the tablet’s absence we’re truly mourning.
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra is rumoured to come with a 12.97in display with a face-smacking resolution of 3840 x 2400, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 2 x 3GB of RAM, 64GB storage, PS4 Remote Play (YES), and a colossal 12,100mAh battery. WANT.
Winner: Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra (i.e. its absence!)
Weirdest thingamajig at CES 2015
Using a fork as a stylus is one thing, but the device that had us well and truly baffled at CES 2015 was the Sony Walkman ZX2 Android MP3 player.
If I told you Sony Walkman ZX2 specs include a 4in display with entry-level 480 x 854 resolution and not Lollipop or even KitKat but Jelly Bean(!), you’d be forgiven for assuming its price would come in at around £99.
Nope. Multiply that by 10 and you’re somewhere in the right ballpark. Sony Walkman ZX2 price is officially set at - hold onto your iPod touches - £949 for us in the UK, and it’ll arrive in early March. Start forming an orderly queue now.
Winner: Sony Walkman ZX2