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A First Impression of CES 2011

CES is like Mardi Gras for techies. It is unlike any event I’ve ever attended and I’m currently only halfway through my time here. I’ll admit, I was more nervous about attending CES than I was about traveling around the UK by myself.

There are tons of people here. There are long lines to get anywhere. Yet once I entered the doors of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, my apprehension about being out of my element fled and was replaced by a surge of adrenaline. I absolutely still can’t believe I’m here attending the International Consumer Electronics Show searching for the best in travel tech.

I’ve livestreamed a few moments so far and done my best to tweet, but with the overload of data being sent from CES, many of my tweets, emails, and other communications have been severely crippled on all the mobile service providers. Here’s a recap of my first evening in Las Vegas, as documented from the Nokia N8 I’ve been using.

CES 2011 Nokia Bloggers (c) Anna Petrone | Nokia

My first day of arrival included meeting the other bloggers and a few personalities from Nokia. We toasted with a celebration drink to mark the start of our CES perspectives adventure.
A Toast to our CES Nokia Adventure (c) Shannon Hurst Lane | TravelngMamas.com

We then made our way to Pepcom Digital Experience, which is like CES lite and a great introduction into what to expect at CES. I livestreamed as I explored the show floor.

Pepcom 2011 Entrance (c) Shannon Hurst Lane | TravelingMamas.com

Inside Pepcom 2011 (c) Shannon Hurst Lane  | TravelingMamas.com

Tracey Clark of ShutterSisters.com and I made our way afterwards to the Lenovo SMC Tweetup at The Venetian. While it was fun to mingle and see the big Lenovo products, the highlight for me was seeing the cake made by Charm City Cakes. I’m a big fan of Ace of Cakes. My first taste of just how delicious their cakes are was a slice of peanut butter and jelly cake MommyMusings and ThemeparkMom smuggled from the SparkleCorn party at Blogher last August. O.M.G.

West Coast and Southern Moms drinks of choice at the Lenovo CES party (c) Shannon Hurst Lane | TravelingMamas.com

Lenovo Cake by Charm City Cakes at CES 2011 (c) Shannon Hurst Lane | TravelingMamas.com

Afterwards, Tracy and I made our way to The Palms to meet Alex from The Hooniverse and Caitlin from EcoFabulous at the Nissan LEAF shindig at Little Buddha. When this event was over, we then walked over to the Audi gathering at Ghostbar and gazed at the Vegas skyline. I’ll admit, it was a fabulous view and a great end to our first evening in Las Vegas.

I took video and photos with the Nokia N8, until I drained the battery. One thing I liked about the N8 is that the battery lasts a lot longer than my Apple iPhone 4. The Nokia N8 takes 12 megapixel photos with a Carl Zeiss lens and also offers an HDMI connection and the launch of Nokia Big Screen so that I can share my photos and videos of CES with my family on our HDTV.

This is my CES Perspective, thanks to Nokia. You can read all about our group of bloggers at the Nokia Conversations blog.

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