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No iPhone 4S at CTIA Show, but Plenty of Fun iPhone Accessories (Video)

Wandering the show floor at the CTIA trade show on Tuesday, there was no sign of the iPhone 4S — though there were several options if you wanted to take Apple’s latest creation for a swim.

A North Carolina company called Dry Case sells a universal bag that can be used to take most phones or cameras underwater, while Vermont-based Drisuit Technologies had a waterproof case designed just for the iPhone.

In addition to waterproof cases there was an assortment of add-ons to show off, protect and accent the iPhone and other smartphones.

What the show floor lacked was a whole lot of whizbang new hardware. The spring CTIA show, Mobile World Congress and even the Consumer Electronics Show are far better venues for that.

Samsung and Google had been slated to introduce the first device running the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android, but that launch was scrapped. Among the few new products at the show were Huawei’s tablet for T-Mobile and Samsung’s keyboard-equipped Stratosphere for Verizon. AT&T also announced the coming arrival of several Android phones, including the Motorola Atrix 2.

It’s probably not destined to be a bestseller, but one phone that caught my eye was a device from a little-known company called Burg — a $200 unlocked watch phone. Eat your heart out, Dick Tracy.

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