For months, the Palm diehards have been say, "just wait til 2011 CES...THEN we'll be back in the game!"
Well...not so much.
The big Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas has become a beehive of Android tablets and mobile phones. I've lost count. But somewhere between Samsung, Dell, Motorola, Cisco, Asus, Lenovo, and Mattel (ok, I made that one up -- or DID I?) I'm guessing we've had announcements for nearly 50 new Android devices this weekend. And that doesn't count the highly regarded Blackberry PalmPad...er Playbook.
Whew! What a mess! An exciting mess, but still a mess!
So, why would Palm want to miss out on CES? Well, to state the obvious, who wants to compete with dozens of similar devices in an atmosphere where no one product is going to be able to 'steal' the show (as Palm did 2 years ago). I think HP absolutely made the right decision. Assuming they have the clout to pull in the media, HP is setting the stage to show off their webOS products in a 'focused' light.
With CES, no one product has really stood out among the clutter. In February, webOS will have the opportunity to shine all by itself.
So, what say you? Did HP/Palm miss out big time by not showing up at CES? Or will the spotlight in February really shine on our beloved webOS?