Pocketables packs up for CES 2008

Ces2008_badgeThe first CES press events begin tomorrow, so we’re packing up and heading out to Vegas. Pocketables will be attending a couple of media events (CES Unveiled and Digital Experience), press conferences (Sony, Samsung, and Panasonic), and an Asus party over the weekend and will hit the showroom floor as soon as the Convention Center doors open on Monday morning.

Since this will be my first time at CES, I’d like to share some of my preliminary plans, open up my gear bag, and run through what kind of coverage you can expect to find here over the next week. There will likely be some overflow into the following week as well because we’re hanging around for a few days after the show.

But I’m getting way ahead of myself. We need to get on the plane first!

What I’m bringing

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My main piece of equipment, and what I would be completely lost without, is my 11.1-inch Sony Vaio TZ170N ultraportable notebook. You might remember that CES 2008 was actually the reason I bought the TZ, so there are no surprises here. The 2.7-pound notebook isn’t as small or light as a UMPC, but it requires no peripherals and has outstanding battery life. When not in use, the TZ will be sleeping in its leather carrying case.


For its 3G mobile Internet access, the AT&T Tilt (HTC TyTN II) is going to CES so it can be tethered to the TZ via Bluetooth or USB whenever wi-fi isn’t available. It also holds all of my appointments and is my daily-use cell phone, so it’s a must-have.

I’m bringing the Creative ZEN because I’m still working on its review and because I never board a plane without a DAP. I can fly for hours without watching a movie, but I need music as soon as possible. Everything else I’m taking has music playback abilities too, but I like to use a device’s primary function because that’s usually what it’s best at.

The Nokia N810 is coming along because I’m working on its review too. I also think it’ll be a nice TZ companion, as it can tether to the Tilt for very capable 3G browsing on its lovely 800 x 480 display. Not a bad back-up device if the TZ misbehaves. The N810 may also come in handy for size comparisons next to all of the MIDs that are expected to be at the show.

And the fact that all three devices can provide hours of entertainment certainly isn’t a coincidence.


Aside from the AC adapter for the TZ, the only charger I’m packing is the Solio Classic Universal Hybrid. I don’t think the sun will be out much, so I’m taking the Solio’s AC charger along with the Nokia and mini-USB tips. The charger stores power for up to a year (!), so I’ll top it off before I leave the hotel every morning and use it when/if needed throughout the day.

What I’m doing


CES 2008 is a massive show with nearly 3,000 exhibitors taking up more than 1.7 million square feet of space in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton, and Venetian/Sands Expo. For Pocketables, it will be a mixture of scheduled meetings and events, loosely planned booth visits, and walking around until something catches our eye.

In addition to going to the weekend events and hitting all the major mobile gadget company booths during the week, we have private meetings and/or booth tours and demos scheduled with Sony, iriver, Panasonic, Palm, DataWind (the PocketSurfer2 people), WildCharge, PlanOn, and the Korea Electronics Association. We’ll also be going to a Sony press event that used to be called "The Technology of Tiny Things" but now doesn’t seem to have a name.

I’ll be writing, sharing pictures, and uploading videos whenever I can throughout the day but will do the bulk of my posting at night. For quicker page loading and to make sure you don’t miss anything, be sure to bookmark the CES category page.

What I’m not doing

Although I won’t know until I get there what my posting schedule will really be like, I do know for sure what I won’t be doing at CES and what you won’t see here.

  • Live blogging. While I understand the appeal, I don’t like live blogging and always wait until an event is over to read all the coverage at once. Refreshing a page every few seconds to read that Mr. X took the stage at 1:31, coughed at 1:32, and tripped on a wire at 1:35 isn’t interesting to me.
  • Following other CES coverage. Everyone will be up to their eyebrows in their own content to keep up with others’ posts, so this one probably goes without saying. I do plan to keep an eye on my RSS feeds to make sure I don’t miss something vital, but in general, Pocketables will only be updated with information we find ourselves.
  • Writing about anything other than CES. If you have zero interest in what’s going on at CES, you may want to take a break from the site and come back when the show is over.

What else you should know

  • Pocketables is based in Honolulu, Hawaii, so the time/date stamp reflects HST (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time), which is currently two hours behind CES time. I mention this because certain items that are under embargo until midnight on January 7 (PST) will appear here at 10 p.m. on January 6. So what looks like a violation of the NDA is just a difference in timezone.
  • I do not write like the wind. My editorial background has crippled my ability to write quickly because I am constantly rewriting as I go along (this post, for example, took several hours to write). So while some sites may be able to publish several posts during their lunch break, there’s a good chance that I’ll only be half-done with one.
  • I’ve never owned a pair of comfortable walking shoes. If you’ll be at the show, I’ll be the one either limping in heels or readjusting the band-aids on my feet. Please feel free to say hello (or piggyback me to the next booth).

CES 2008, here we come!

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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10 thoughts on “Pocketables packs up for CES 2008

  • Have fun and a very nice time at the CES!

  • Jenn, I hope to see you at the CES. If you need advice about anything about the show shoot me an email. One major thing – please wear tennis shoes or equivalent walking shoes. You will be miserable otherwise, I guarantee it. You will walk 3-5 miles each and every day. Safe trip to Vegas, I’ll be arriving Saturday.

  • Thanks for mentioning the edit thing. This is my favorite gadget blog and I sometimes find myself wishing for more entries. Now I realize that the very reason I like it (apart from the pictures, which are always much more useful to me than those on other gadget blogs) prevents rampant posting.

  • Hi, Jenn,

    Read your review of the Sony Mylo recently and was wondering have you heard of magicjack and what’s your take on it.

    Here’s their website:


    I bought one last week and it’s flawless. And, since other folks have hacked the ipod touch to make telephone calls, I’m wondering if someone will hack the Zune to work with with magicjack.

    I’ve sent up my own website/forum where I ask this and other questions. Would appreciate your imput.



  • Have fun Jenn! I can’t wait to read your coverage.

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    Have fun at the show, Jenn! I can tell you from past experience, you will have a blast, like a kid in a candy store. I’ve been three times, and each time no matter how hard I try, I still don’t get to see everything – the show floor is huge, it’s the largest convention that Vegas does.

    Wish I could go this year, but I think between Pocketables, jkOntherun, and Engadget, the coverage will make it seem like I am there. I look forward to seeing all of the photos and reviews…

    One thing though – I’m surprised you’re not taking your Fujitsu U810, it seems like it would be the perfect device to carry along, especially with the multiple inputs (touchscreen, keyboard, and mouse)

  • Looks like a full schedule is on your agenda.. hope you get a chance to check out some of the Samsung goodness and spill the beans on what you uncover.

    But most of all, here’s hoping you have a fantastic time. We’ll be looking forward to your reports and views on the state of digital madness that is CES.

    Bon Voyage! =)

  • Thanks, everyone.

    Our plane doesn’t leave for another few hours so I’m still tweaking my event plan and making new appointments. I’m really excited but also freaked out and intimidated by the scope of the show. I’m looking forward to my first experience there, but I kind of wish it was my second time so I knew exactly what to expect.

    @ orbital: I keep looking at the U810. A part of me wants to bring it to put it through its paces (what better place to see what it can really do than CES?), but another part doesn’t want to have to make any compromises (even small ones) when trying to update the site as quickly as possible. The U810’s size is definitely appealing, but the keyboard isn’t ideal for extensive full-speed typing. I was thinking about maybe using it in tablet mode for taking notes while walking around and meeting with people, but I’m really not much of an inker. And I don’t want my inexperience getting in the way of taking good notes. I also don’t want to take more than I really need.

    I just keep looking at it, though. I think taking it will be a decision I make right before walking out the door.

    What have you brought to the show in the past?

  • Avatar of orbitalcomp

    Jenn –

    In the past, I have always seemed to take too much, and there just isn’t enough free time to use all of the electronics. The last time, I took only my Toshiba Libretto U105, and it has been perfect. That, along with my current WM smartphone at the time seemed to work just fine. But you have to realize, I was not blogging, I was just there taking in everything for myself.

    I was *this close* to going to CES again this year, and if I had, I would have taken just my HTC Advantage and my Nokia N800. With that, no laptop would be necessary, and I could do everything I needed to do, plus tether the Advantage to the Nokia, if needed.

    But, the reason I asked you about the U810, is because I just bought one myself. I reread your review, plus got to use one in person at Fry’s last week, and I was sold. It’s even smaller than my Libretto, plus it adds the touchscreen.

    So I would probably take the U810 with me also :-)

  • I hope your time at CES is good, I’m looking forward to the coverage.


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