CTIA 2013 will go down as one of the most unconventional wireless conventions we’ve ever attended. Jennifer Lopez announced her own retail brand catering to Latino customers. Kyocera invited us to an ice bar to check out its new waterproof phones. And we saw dozens of wireless accessories and apps that go above and beyond the ordinary to help users maximize their handsets. With more than 35,000 attendees and more than 1,000 exhibitors, there was a lot to see this week in Las Vegas. But these products rose above the rest. Here are our top picks for the Best of CTIA 2013 Awards.
First off, we have to give style points to Kyocera for showing us how the Kyocera Hydro XTRM can survive being immersed in 3.3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. The company literally encased the phone in a block of ice at its unveiling. Coming to U.S. Cellular May 24th for just $29.99 (after instant rebate), the device is also Mil Spec 810G certified for withstanding shocks and drops. Still not impressed? This Android 4.1 Jelly Bean phone sports Smart Sonic Receiver technology for pumping audio directly into your eardrum without the need for a speaker.