So What Was My Final Takeaway From CES 2010? That Sin City RUNS on BlackBerry Smartphones!

By Kevin Michaluk on 20 Jan 2010 01:45 pm
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Sin City Runs on BlackBerry Smartphones

So we're finally done with our CES 2010 coverage. The show is long-since over and it took us a week and a half to get up on the blogs all of the content we flew away from Vegas with. In case you missed any of the news or hands-on videos, be sure to check out our CES 2010 posts and get caught up... I suggest you start with this Ed Hardy video I recorded - it was the first vid I captured at the event and despite trying my darndest, I don't think I topped it for the rest of the show.

I actually got asked just yesterday what my favorite takeaway from CES was this year. In reflecting upon the event and the whole trip itself, I realized it wasn't any one announcement or new product that got me most excited; rather, it was the realization that Sin City literally RUNS on BlackBerry Smartphones. Seriously. When it came to the CES event itself, you saw both a lot of BlackBerrys and iPhones in the hands of the attendees (some android phones and a few new Palm devices were there too), which isn't too much of a surprise. What got me really excited though was the constant presence of BlackBerry Smartphones used by the people actually running Las Vegas. Whenever I went to a place that was bumping, be it Tao at the Venetian, The Bank Night Club at the Bellagio and a ton of different restaurants and shops, all of the busy bodies running around these places whose job it is to keep things moving had their BlackBerry Smartphones in their hands out front and center. Nightclubs especially... pretty much everybody working has a BlackBerry on them. I even spoke to a couple nightclub managers and they told me it was BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 with Groups that holds their places together. These clubs are too loud to talk on a phone or walkie-talkie system, and time is of the essence and it's critical that messages get to everybody at once. It's BlackBerry and only BlackBerry that can handle that mission.

I was also pretty happy about the familiiarty the Vegas locals had with CrackBerry.com. Pretty much everybody I spoke to had known of or visited the site. Always a good thing. Favorite moment? Me and Mickey Papillon (thecellphonejunkie) were walking through the Forum Shops at Caesars heading to Tourneau to ogle some watches when we popped into the Chanel store along the way. I yanked out my Bold 9700 to check a BBM message I had just received and the guy working walked up to me and asked me how I liked the trackpad on it. I said it was awesome and passed him my phone so he could experience the trackpad for himself as he said he had never tried it. He told me he had a BlackBerry Tour and iiked it, but sort of wished it had the trackpad. Then he said, "I hear a new Tour should be getting announced soon so I think I'm going to upgrade to that when it comes out." I asked him where he heard that from. His response?  Oh, just CrackBerry.com. Wicked. :)

Looking ahead to CES 2011, now I find myself not just anxious to get a look at all the cool new gadgets and apps that are bound to emerge, but also to keep tabs on how BlackBerry is doing at running America's Playground. An event like the Smartphone Round Robin makes you aware of all the present and emerging competition there is out there, yet somehow I have a feeling that when a city like Vegas relies so heavily on our beloved BlackBerry, that despite how fierce the competition gets that BlackBerry is here for the long haul, and will not only survive but continue to thrive. 

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10 comments

keithstoeckeler

"I even spoke to a couple nightclub managers and they told me it was BlackBerry Messenger 5.0 with Groups that holds their places together. These clubs are too loud to talk on a phone or walkie-talkie system, and time is of the essence and it's critical that messages get to everybody at once. It's BlackBerry and only BlackBerry that can handle that mission."

Completely makes sense, and very useful.
And I thought being able to sync calendars w/ my girlfriend was a big deal!

vbuckjr

Twit which I enjoy listening too has it down to the iPhone, and Android. Yet I hear Blackberry has a large share of the market?

Just got the Storm2 and I Love it, I am looking forward to the new webkit browser from the company they bought last year.

kostnkost

That chic was definitely eyeing you up at the end of that vid.

I hear a Vegas trip!

Socadaddy

I found it very interesting that the night clubs managers adn employees use BBM to keep in contact with each other. Very cool.

buzzed

"...keep tabs on how BlackBerry is doing at running America's Playground."
And Canada's too!

ColeDaddy

I used to live in LV while working for Citibank and Citi issued everyone in management capacity a BlackBerry. I currently work for a company who contract work for FEMA out here in the DC area. I have a phone from the company and another from FEMA. What do they issue? BlackBerrys. BB Rules, man.

eric6052

I am surprised that bbm is the method for clubs to communicate. I would have thought some sort of push to talk would be used but I didn't think about the noise issue making any phone next to impossible to hear.

Bbold9700

BB those run vegas. Everybody from vip host to limo drivers to bouncers to strippers have bb. Only tourist have iphones lol

Lwhitelaw1

I had never realized how widespread Blackberry use was here in Vegas until after I read this article. Being in the event industry, I can't imagine how we would all function without our crackberry's on a daily basis.

I love when i'm around my other Crackberry abusers and we all can talk about posts we've seen on the Crackberry website, including the trackpad stories.

Vegas loves you :-)

BBtoiPhone

It's funny that you mention that clubs rely on BBM. I work for a Capital Firm that has funded many clubs in NYC, VEGAS, and LA. When ever they submit there financials they give us a cost break down and there is always a line item for Blackberries... When we asked them why there was a single line item for Blackberries they informed us that without them they could not successfully run a night club..