Remember the BlackBerry Q5? It’s the budget BlackBerry 10 handset with a QWERTY keyboard below its display, and it’s available from Carphone Warehouse, white and SIM free (sounds like my old online dating profile), for £99.95.
Now that the dust has settled on another Mobile World Congress (MWC), we can chill out, sip on some coffee, and take stock of what it all means; how things are in the crazy old world of mobile.
For professional word manglers like me, we can do all that and take the added step of thinking out loud on paper, yielding such incredible features as Seven things we learned from MWC 2014. You heard me: INCREDIBLE.
Chinese manufacturer Huawei had a fairly busy time at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last week, launching the Huawei MediaPad M1 tablet, Ascend G6 4G smartphone, E5786 Mi-Fi, and the TalkBand B1 fitness tracker. Phew.
Things are said to be equally busy behind the scenes, with no less than three Huawei Ascend smartphones in the proverbial pipeline: the inevitable Ascend P6 successor, and two new members of the high-end Ascend D family.
The build-up to the Samsung Galaxy S5's launch last week saw all kinds of rumours flying about as to what Sammy's new flagship would – and wouldn't – bring to the smartphone table in terms of specs.
One rumour that turned out to be true was the presence of a fingerprint scanner. What Samsung didn't say was that it's facing a desperate race against time to get enough units built to satisfy demand ahead of the handset's April 11 release date.
Oh dear. HTC has been forced to suspend the long-awaited Android 4.4.2 KitKat update for HTC One users in the UK after several users reported gremlins on installing it.
The company revealed the news in a statement yesterday, saying it was “working hard” to get to the bottom of the unspecified issue.
Developed by the guys behind the excellent Year Walk, Device 6 doesn’t disappoint. Indeed, if I’d reviewed it upon release, it would’ve rightly featured heavily in my Top smartphone games of 2013 countdown. Let’s right that particular wrong now with a few hundred words about the awesomeness that is Device 6.
At the launch of the original Lenovo Yoga tablets last year, Ashton Kutcher was – astoundingly – revealed as an official “Lenovo Product Engineer”.
There was no mention of Kutcher at the launch of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ last week, but that’s possibly because he’s busy working away on a new range of "special edition" Lenovo smartphones. You couldn’t make this stuff up.
Apple’s 64-bit processor debuted in the iPhone 5s last year, and was predictably ridiculed by the Android faithful, who secretly prayed to the great Google god: “Please Sir. Can we have some?”
Samsung answered those prayers shortly thereafter with some vague 2014-ish promises, and we’re told again that the world’s number one mobile manufacturer will soon bless consumers with 64-bit processors. Y’know, even if they’re kinda pointless.
Mr/Mrs GNeville83 was bemoaning the price of the iPad 2 the other day, costing a whopping £329 from Apple, but here Amazon is offering the 16GB iPad Air in silver (sold by Powerful, fulfilled by Amazon) for just £20 more i.e. £349.
If you’d told us Apple would launch new hardware in Q1 2014, our money would’ve been on a new iPad (perhaps the gargantuan iPad Pro), with the iWatch an admittedly unlikely outside bet.
But nope, here we’re looking to motor vehicles, and hearing that Apple CarPlay is a "smarter, safer and more fun" option for playing with your iPhone while, y’know, driving your wheeled metallic death box.
So there's 22 days and counting before HTC unveils the HTC All New One/HTC M8/HTC One+/HTC One Two/HTC One 2014 (delete as appropriate).
And just to tide you over and frustrate you at the injustice of the world in equal measure, you can check out the new One in a low-fi video hands on all of 12 minutes long.
Love it or hate it (seriously, I doubt anyone really loves it), the freemium model is here to stay: download a game for free, and find yourself relentlessly cajoled into paying for in-app purchases. Meh.
We’ve often mused that a small spend-happy minority is most likely funding the mobile gaming habits of the majority, but we hadn’t realised just how extreme the statistics are.
The Nokia X was unveiled just five days ago at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, but the tinkerers have been busy tinkering, with interesting results. Arguably pointless results, perhaps, but interesting nonetheless.
Kashamalaga has ultimately rooted a developer version of the Nokia X, and filmed it running stock Android, complete with Gapps – or “Google Apps” if you prefer.
Cast your filthy minds back to March 2013, and you might recall Carphone Warehouse saying that Samsung Galaxy S4 pre-registrations were “off the charts”, easily putting Galaxy S3 interest to shame.
It’s much the same story this year, with Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-registrations already surpassing those of the Galaxy S4.
Using code AFTE90, you can grab yourself an LG G Pad 8.3 from The co-operative electrical for £179.99 (currently £199.99, was £249.99).
This week: Mobile World Congress for our starter, Mobile World Congress for our main, Mobile World Congress for dessert, and a dollop of Mobile World Congress in our coffee. Mobile World Congress? Mobile World Congress. Is that even what it’s called? World Mobile Conference? My brain hurts.
Of course, the biggest story (with the mostestest comments, incidentally) was this: MWC 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5 focuses on five things that ‘matter most to consumers’: design, camera, connectivity, protection, fitness.
And so to Tengami, proud wearer of an Editors’ Choice badge over on the Apple App Store, where it sells for the entirely reasonable price of £2.99.
Sadly, Tengami doesn’t appear on Google Play, but feel free to read about what you Androidians are missing out on below. Seriously, you should probably pick up a cheap iPad for gaming.
We heard that Canonical had secured a mystery hardware partner for a 2014 Ubuntu Touch phone back in December, and this month it was revealed that both Meizu and BQ (who?) were on board.
You’d be forgiven for frowning at those choices, but speaking at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has explained why those particular players make perfect sense.
When, in my mind, is wireless charging not wireless charging? When it involves plugging a charger into the wall (y’know, using wires and a plug), and requires physical contact with the device.
But hey! That’s as good as technology gets at present, and that’s what Google is going with in its Asus PW100 Wireless Charging Stand. There’s also a plain old Asus Dock for Nexus 7 (2013).
If you’re shopping around for a SIM only deal with a pretty meaty allowance, check out this beast on offer at Tesco Mobile. It comes in at £15PM for 12 months, so that’s… *consults calculator*… £180 total.