The best and worst of Mobile World Congress 2011

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There's only one word to describe our week in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress this year: hectic. Unlike the year before, all of our favourite manufacturers were on hand to show off their latest and greatest handsets and tablets. Checkout our picks for the best and worst of Mobile World Congress 2011.

Follow the links below for a closer look at the MWC 2011 alumni.

  • iPhone 4 wins best mobile device at MWC

    iPhone 4 wins best mobile device at MWC pulse

    Apparently, judges at Mobile World Congress 2011 haven't been bothered by reception problems that have plagued the iPhone 4.

  • LG Optimus 3D and Pad: hands on

    LG Optimus 3D and Pad: hands on photo gallery

    We spend some time pawing over the drool-worthy LG devices at MWC, taking in the Optimus 3D, Optimus Pad, plus the previously announced 2X and Black.

  • Motorola Xoom: better connected

    Motorola Xoom: better connected photo gallery

    We take another look at the Motorola Xoom, checking out some of the official accessories that help transform this tablet into a mini-computer and media hub.

  • HTC Flyer, new Desire, Facebook phones: first look

    HTC Flyer, new Desire, Facebook phones: first look photo gallery

    HTC has officially taken the wraps off six new devices for the first half of 2011, including a 7-inch Android tablet called Flyer.

  • BlackBerry PlayBook gets its game on

    BlackBerry PlayBook gets its game on photo gallery

    While you're tossing up between the various Android tablets, don't forget about the BlackBerry PlayBook which itself is on the brink of release.

  • Sony Ericsson debuts Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro

    Sony Ericsson debuts Xperia Neo and Xperia Pro photo gallery

    Sony Ericsson's new Xperia Pro and Xperia Neo may not double as gaming devices, but they offer attractive and trim designs. CNET takes a closer look at both of them at Mobile World Congress.

  • Sony Ericsson finally unveils Xperia Play

    Sony Ericsson finally unveils Xperia Play photo gallery

    After months of rumours, a slew of leaks and one creepy commercial, Sony Ericsson's worst-kept secret is now a reality. On Sunday, the day before Mobile World Congress officially opens, Sony Ericsson finally took the wraps off of the Xperia Play.

  • Telstra Next G to be 4G in 2011

    Telstra Next G to be 4G in 2011 news

    Telstra will roll out 4G service in 2011, promising peak speeds of 100Mbps.

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Sig posted a comment   

I still can't find the story on the mobile web page?
Can anyone Help ?


gregory.opera posted a comment   

Good to see that Joseph Hanlon hasn't lost his bias against Sony/Sony Ericsson...

Buuut clearly Joseph seems to conveniently forget the announcements that have generated some of the most talk - Sony Ericsson's 2011 lineup, which includes the Xperia Anzu and the long-awaited Xperia Play (aka. the "PlayStation Phone")!

Seriously Joseph, loose the bias or move on to somewhere else...


trebor 83 posted a reply   

The thing is that SE don't really seems to have tried to move out in front of the field. Ultimately the Xperia Arc has an upgraded display and a small bump in ram over the X10 but its nothing revolutionary. While the Arc is also running Android 2.3 this is really just keeping pace with the competition, although it does represent a big improvement over the X10 being launched with an OS that was already a generation behind. The fact that they haven't even embraced the dual core processors that are becoming standard in new smart phones will probably mean that they are still bringing up the rear in terms of performance. The tag line for the story was 'Best and Worst' and there really doesn't seem to be anything about the new Xperia range that would justify either classification. Don't get me wrong I have an X10 and love it, but my brothers Desire HD, both on Vodafone, seems generally slicker in almost every way, but from the offerings they have given us here I think a claim of bias against SE seems a bit excessive.


Joseph Hanlon posted a reply   

It's true I didn't consider the SE announcements either the best or the worst of the show, but I'm certainly not biased against them. The Xperia Arc (Anzu) is old news from CES and the Play just didn't grab my attention when I used it.


Tol posted a comment   

Right Sig! Where was it?


Sig posted a comment   

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