The past few months in the world of mobile have been nothing short of absolutely mental, starting with a handful of new wares at IFA in Berlin back at the end of August, and climaxing in a fortnight that saw events held and/or announcements made by Apple, Microsoft and Google. Sweet Moses.
If you’ll indulge my propensity for compiling lists, and in the absence of a New Devices section (good idea, maybe?), I’m gonna charge ahead and list all the new stuff we’ve met in the past two-and-a-bit months. Yes, I am insane. Come join me.
Oh, needless to say, the usual disclaimer applies. There’s a good chance I’ve forgotten something semi-important (EDIT: like a trio of Razr smartphones or the Motorola Razr i), and an even greater chance I’ve omitted a few things I didn’t care to commit to long-term memory. In either case, berate me in the comments.
Also, with the abundance of stuff on this here list, it might make sense to put everything into some sort of order. Alphabetical by manufacturer, you say? Works for me. And look who’s right at the top; only the greatest company in the entire universe.
- iPad fourth gen (specs) – surprise guest at the iPad mini keynote, the fourth generation iPad has a faster processor (A6X), improved front camera, support for additional LTE bands, and a Lightning connector
- iPad mini (specs) – yep, the iPad mini is an actual thing, and at 7.9in, it’s way better than its 7in rivals
- iPhone 5 (specs) – it’s everything you – yes, you – love about the iPhone 4S in a 4in 16:9 package
- iPod touch fifth gen – we thought we’d maybe seen the last of the iPod touches in 2010. Whaddya know?
- Asus Padfone 2 (specs) – “Was the Asus Padfone actually released then?” was the general reaction to the Asus Padfone 2 announcement. It’s (presumably) better than – and just as ridiculous as – its predecessor
- Android 4.2 – it’s still Jelly Bean. Confused? You’re not alone
- Nexus 4 (specs) – will Matt finally get rid of his Samsung Galaxy S II? The £279 Nexus 4 sure looks tempting
- Nexus 7 32GB (specs) – this was inevitable, given the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and iPad mini. Brilliantly, it grabs the price baton from the 16GB model
- Nexus 10 (specs) – yeah, it’s another Samsung tablet, but at least it doesn’t look too much like the iPad
- HTC 8X (specs) – check out Phil’s HTC 8X review
- HTC 8S (specs) – a more modest Windows Phone 8 offering from HTC
- HTC J Butterfly (specs) – HTC’s 5in Android beast is Japan-only (sob)
- LG Optimus G (specs) – the LG Optimus G didn’t wander too far from Korea, and kinda sorta became the Nexus 4
- Microsoft Surface RT (specs) – Microsoft caused a minor controversy when it announced its own Windows 8 tablet. The ARM-based Microsoft Surface RT is here, while the Microsoft Surface Pro will follow in a few months
- Windows 8 – Microsoft’s tiled UI comes to PCs and tablets
- Windows Phone 8 – will Windows Phone 8 launch WinPho into outer space? Probably not
- Nokia Lumia 920 (specs) – Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 flagship. Jan kinda wants one, but he hates Microsoft. Don’t worry; it hasn’t been defiled with a microSD slot
- Nokia Lumia 820 (specs) – Nokia’s other Windows Phone 8 handset
- Samsung ATIV S (specs) – just the one Windows Phone 8 handset from Samsung at launch. Why’s it so-called? No one knows. Possibly not even Samsung
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (specs) – bigger and better than the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is reportedly selling rather well
- Samsung Galaxy Premier (specs) – meh
- Samsung Galaxy S III mini (specs) – double meh