As the dust settles on another Mobile World Congress, and Barcelona falls firmly back into low-season mode, it’s time for a spot of reflection. Did anything head-and-shoulders-above-everything-else spectacular happen at 2011’s Mobile World Congress? Well, not really. But it was still an interesting week.
As we mentioned on Friday, Android completely stole the show. The badge-collecting stuff was a welcome spot of fun, but we couldn’t help but notice how similar all those new Android phones were. Are the Samsung Galaxy S II and the Motorola Atrix, for example, really all that different?
Most of the big new products had been leaked beforehand, but HTC raised a few eyebrows on Tuesday with a sack full of new gear. No less than five new phones, and a cheeky tablet for good measure.
Mark Zuckerberg popped up in a pre-recorded video to tell us we’ll see “dozens of phones with much deeper social integration” in 2011, including HTC’s Salsa and ChaCha. Because clearly having to tap the icon for your Facebook app is too much trouble for some people.
The HTC Flyer was one of the stars of the show too. It’s an interesting take on the tablet, with a 7in screen and stylus. But don’t worry, you can still use the HTC Flyer with your digits, if you prefer.
The LG Optimus 3D was a fairly big draw, with its thus-far-unique 3D capabilities. But we left the South Koreans’ stand feeling a little worse for wear. Is 3D really necessary, or is it just a cheap gimmicky fad?
Sony Ericsson finally unveiled the Xperia Play (or PlayStation Phone) at an exclusive do on Sunday night. I was rather impressed with it, but it remains to be seen if there’s a market for a smartphone/handheld-gaming type hybrid.
So, other than HTC's new stuff, nothing much we didn't fully anticipate seeing, but lots to look forward to.
Back to the grind we go. Until next time, Barca.