The success of any venture is pinned on proper planning and making sure that you have the right equipment to support your talent and passion. That's true of climbing a mountain and it's true for attending a massive show like the Consumer Electronics Show. Each year, more than 170,000 geeks people descend on "Sin City" to see the latest and greatest technology and define the tone for the rest of the year. For me, things were a bit different as I was an ambassador for Huawei using two of their phones - the Nexus 6P and the Huawei Mate 8 - I was able to be on the go from morning till night. I was able to capture the fun and excitement from press conferences in the morning to late-night parties and everything in between thanks to the awesome battery life and great cameras on both devices.
I've talked a bunch about Huawei over the past few weeks, but beyond specs and design it was the battery life, camera, and big screens that allowed me to be successful in covering the show. As I've mentioned before, I covered the show exclusively using Huawei's devices and I had a great time. From visiting a shooting range pre-CES to amazing dinners at Rivea at the top of Delano, the Nexus 6P and Mate 8 were both there for me whenever I needed them.
The key here was using the two phones together.
For instance, the Huawei Mate 8 has crazy long battery life and good directional audio processing for conference calls - so I ran my hotspot and calls off that one. However, the Nexus 6P has one of the best cameras on the market today (especially for low light) and so that came in handy as well.
After using both phones though, I gotta say that they are both super fast to unlock with the finger print scanner and capture great shots quickly. Realistically, while there has been much said about which camera is better - both are very good. Unless you are a techhead you aren't going to really notice the difference and I challenge you to identify which camera I used for the different shots in the video and in this post.
For more information about the devices specifically, here's a roundup of my previous articles to learn more about what they released at the show:
Now, it's time to talk with you guys and answer your questions about Huawei's products, CES parties, who had the best swag bags, and all the hottest products we discovered during the show.
We'll be hosting a Twitter Party with Melissa and Daniel from ConsumerQueen.com as well as Heather from @ChickVacations who were with us at the show.
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