Nokia was showing an older form of touch technology in its premiere handsets, which respond to pressure. Features include an internal compass (in the N85 smartphone), which can help a user find true North at disorienting moments, like when the user first emerges out of a subway to a city street.
But fancy feature sets on multi-purpose handsets were only half of the CES cell phone story. As Carrie Cox, a Motorola phone marketing rep put it, “People still want call quality and long battery life. They want to get the basics right.”
To that end, both Motorola and LG were demonstrating new noise-cancellation methods (Motorola’s is branded CrystalTalk), which boost the voices of the sender and receiver only and, produce a dramatically improved sense of reception, even when carrier networks fall short.