Did Apple win without even attending?
Now that it's all died down, what came out of CES? Tablets, tablets, tablets! A lot of 'me too' copycats is what I see.
Sure it means more competition but it also legitimizes the market. Tablets are now poised to go mainstream (much like mp3 players and smartphones). They've got the factories and relationships set up, design down pat and deals in place to secure the necessary technology. Oh yeah, and they have developers too. Apple has played this game before. And while everybody is scrambling to catch up, Apple's already looking for the next big thing.
So yeah, the tablets got a pretty big 'meh' from me.
Make your own dreams and you'll control the game. Follow somebody else and you must live by their rules (which often tilt the board against you).