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LAS VEGAS (TheStreet) -- Today is Day Two of the Consumer Electronics Show, the 43 year-old trade event that serves as a high-profile launching pad for technology's biggest -- and smallest -- brand names.

Despite the recession hangover that sees much of this sector battered, more than 2,500 vendors have convened in Las Vegas to announce a battery of product and partnership agreements, all potentially stock-changing news.

While we're not likely to see any new, blockbuster tech categories emerge at this year's event, we've been busy testing the barrage of smartphones, tablet devices, and many other niche technologies that have become smarter and more web-savvy.

Each day, our tech team will bring you some of the day's most popular picks, straight from the showroom floor.

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3D TV

3D TV joins tablet devices as the big news story here at CES. Every TV we tried works, but the required glasses feature a slight flicker effect. When we watched "Monsters and Aliens" in a demo, the HD image was degraded by this refresh-rate flicker. Sony ( SNE) has made the biggest 3D bet, going all-in on the tech across its product lines. During our tour of their booths, executives at Intel ( INTC), Marvell ( MRVL), Cisco ( CSCO) and Broadcom ( BRCM) -- who each have a hand in 3D TV -- predict big things in 3D entertainment, but the real future may lie in technologies that deliver it without the glasses.

Google's Nexus One

We had to do it. If we're not holding Google's ( GOOG) Nexus One, the guy next to us is. The device can't stand up to the hype, though -- nothing could. In the end, it's a very thin form running Android 1.5 with a screen larger than the one on Apple's ( AAPL) iPhone. The Qualcomm ( QCOM) chip inside it may be the real game changer, though. The phone has been superfast when on a good connection. As folks continue to speculate that the iPhone's speed issues might be due to its chip -- not its network -- the Qualcomm factor may be the Nexus One's biggest boon.

Palm's 3D Gaming

Palm's ( PALM) got game. The company has added 3D games to its Pre phone, featuring apps from multiple developers including Electronic Arts ( ERTS). The initiative could be a lifeline for the market-lagging handset maker, as could the company's newly announced partnership with Verizon ( VZ). Verizon will start selling the revamped Pre and Pixi later this month. According to TheStreet's Gary Krakow, the Mi-Fi function in Palm's devices will also be a big selling point.

Palm Pre/Pixi Plus smartphones for Verizon

Spring Design's Alex eReader

The eReader wave at CES is also an Android invasion. The Alex, a dual screen from newcomer Spring Design, runs on Android and captures the initial Amazon ( AMZN) Kindle experience, but adds what the forerunner lacks -- full internet browsing. Yesterday, Spring Design announced a retail partnership with Borders Group ( BGP), a potential leg up on competitors in the battle for this suddenly-crowded space. As book and content publishers search for subscription revenue on formerly free content, they will now have to battle for dollars with carriers who deliver it, leaving both to fight over the pie.

Sprint's 4G Network

As you can imagine, Sprint's ( S) 4G network is much-talked about, and Vegas is 4G wired for the show. We received a unit to test, a mobile hotspot modem that can support up to five computers at once (or act as a single machine's super-fast tethered access). The time we devoted to testing was brief, but it featured amazing speeds. We took the picture above while downloading a host of videos. The connection hit 29.7 mbs, with a top-end speed of 34 mbs.

Skiff's eReader Design

The eReader market is officially packed. A handful of tablet concepts and electronic media readers have already been announced this week, joining market heavies Nook and Kindle, but Skiff's getting a lot of attention for its large, thin form and rumors of a flexible screen. Skiff, a subsidiary of print media giant Hearst, unveiled prototypes with two partners: Marvell, which will power the developer's kits, and Sprint, which will run Skiff's "newsstand."

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.

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