IFA (“Internationale Funkaustellung”) 2006 is the number one cosumer electronics exibition in the world. My girlfriend, her little sister and me went there this sunday. It wasn’t as crowded this time, but there were still a lot of people. The reason is simple: Nothing really new was invented this year. The major part of the exibition was about big screen TVs. Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, LG, LCD and plasma TVs everywhere. I found a 102″ Samsung plasma-TV, but nobody from Samsung could answer my simple question about how high the power consumption of that huge thing was. There were even a few brands from China. Highsense, Haier and some other Chinese companies had rented pretty big spaces there. I personally liked the apperance of Highsense, althought I don’t really like their LCDs because my parent bought one which was exchanged 2 times in 7 days because it simply wasn’t working correctly. Now they have a Haier, which is also having some problems.
Anyway, the impression I got this year from the IFA is that all the big German companies were simply trying to sell the consumer their old products instead of presenting new ones. A prepaid cellphone C139 from Motorola for €20.00 from T-Mobile. Sounds cheap? Well, it isn’t. You can get one for €12.50 on eBay. A small and not bad looking color cellphone for only €12.50.. Isn’t that less than the production costs?
So after running through all halls and collecting all free ballpens available, we went home with a T-Mobile garden chair, two cellphonestraps by Swarovski we won and a lot of free candy.
Well, I have to say it was worth it to go there, but only because I got the tickets free from Partycard Berlin. Each ticket would have cost me €13.00, which is way too much for seeing all the same products which had already been shown on IFA 2005.