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7 Best Gadgets at Mobile World Congress 2012

There were a ton of exciting announcements from the very beginning of Mobile World Congress 2012. Even through now, we’ve learned of new developments and advancements from tons of companies and a lot of it has been great. What are the absolute best announcements and product showings, though? We’ve come up with our list of the 10 best Mobile World Congress happenings. Without further ado…

  1. HTC One X and HTC Sense 4.0 — While HTC had more phones to show off, the HTC One X showed us that HTC’s headed in the right direction in both hardware and software. Great camera, super fast Sense 4.0 and no more ugly metal. Polycarbonate for the win! [Hands-on]
  2. ASUS Padfone — Is it a pad? Is it a phone? No, it’s a Padfone, a combo device that brings the best of both worlds. The tablet/phone promised to be one heck of a device when it was first announced last year, and the final build lives up to expectations. We’ll see how carriers take to ASUS’ promise of “two devices, one data plan.” [Hands-on]
  3. Huawei Ascend D Quad and Huawei Mediapad 10 FHD — When did Huawei find time to produce their own quad-core processor and a phone and tablet to go with it? The Ascend D Quad and Mediapad 10 FHD are hopeful glimpses at the mobile maker’s future with powerful hardware and polished build quality. Huawei is gearing up to give the big boys a run for their money. [D Qaud Hands-on, Mediapad Hands-on]
  4. Fujitsu’s quad-core prototype with Android 4.0 — Though the unit we played with was far from polished, Fujitsu’s latest waterproof Android promises to be the best yet. Quad-core processing courtesy of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3, a great looking 4.7-inch display, and a 13.1MP camera sensor should make for a great handset when its ready for release. Can we get a US release? [Hands-on]
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 — While the original Samsung Galaxy Note is a great and exciting device, we are even more excited about the Note 10.1. As the original was aimed for artists and note-takers, this tablet is even more of an easel-like experience for those who draw, and more of a notebook experience for those who write. That alone makes it one of the most exciting devices shown at Mobile World Congress. [Hands-on]
  6. LG Optimus 4X HD — This thing is super thin, fast, light, has a big HD display, a quad-core processor and a time machine. OK maybe not a time machine, but this is cutting edge stuff that should not go ignored. [Hands-on]
  7. Samsung Galaxy Beam — Nevermind that Samsung attempted to introduce us to a project in a smartphone a couple years back, they have resurrected the concept with updated hardware including a dual-core CPU. The Beam seems a bit kooky but makes more sense when you see it in person. Forget about an HDMI connection and a TV to go with it. Point the phone’s project at a blank wall and voila. [Hands-on]

Honorable Mentions

Google Android Booth — Even though it’s largely the same as last year’s, it’s still awesome. The slide and shakes return, and now there are literal ice cream sandwiches and a crane game. It was hard to say goodbye to this green-filled paradise.

The future of NFC, as told by NXP — The NFC demos NXP showed off weren’t cool just because of the technology that goes into it, but because this is stuff that I could see myself wanting and using in every day life. Remember, it’s all about making life easier.

Ubuntu for Android – A full desktop operating system on your mobile handset running side-by-side with Android? This is Motorola’s WebTop on steroids. Full-featured Ubuntu brings even more power to Android smartphones.

Let us know what you thought were the best devices or announcements at Mobile World Congress in the comments section below!

Continue reading on the ASUS Padfone forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Huawei Ascend D Quad forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Huawei Mediapad 10 FHD forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the LG Optimus 4X HD forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Samsung Galaxy Beam forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • skull

    I cant wait for ubuntu for android! But at mwc I wish that they would have announced the htc g infinity or a little detail to the next g series

  • toomuchgame441

    I feel like last years event was more exciting

  • Montisaquadeis

     The ASUS Padphone is my top device from MWC personally

  • Reed Blair

    i love the idea of a projection phone but lemme see it on a phone like the first epic with 4+1  pfft  

  • meta96

    xperia p. just for the design?

  • PhilNelwyn

    I don’t see no reason why carriers would have a problem with the Padfone.
    It’s only one device actually, and a “screen dock” that won’t boot without the phone.
    No tethering.

    • shonangreg

      Do carriers actually care about tethering on plans with data caps? Seriously, I don’t know (but would assume not…) Here in Japan, docomo began offering an LTE plan (Called Xi (crossi)) with a 7GB cap and no fees for tethering. They used to almost double the monthly bill for any tethering.

      Limiting tethering was about limiting data usage and encouraging consumers to buy another SIM card and account. I guess the carriers could still be fighting on the second front, but I think the future is everyone carrying a tetherable phone and then any other device they want (notebook, big tablet, 7-inch tablet for commute (browsing and email), gaming, ebooks, and to use in bed), dedicated gaming pad, etc.) Limiting tethering on data-capped accounts is doomed to failure IF we consumers are even mildly informed about the benefits of tethering.

      • PhilNelwyn

        There are still carriers caring about tethering (like SFR -Vodafone- here, in France), that’s the reason why the author wrote «We’ll see how carriers take to ASUS’ promise of “two devices, one data plan”» though it’s not a problem with the Padfone as it has only one device connected.

  • Greg Rachman

    You guys forgot about Opera Mobile’s update. WebGL built in? 1,000,000-polygon rendering? Speeds as fast as Chrome for Android? Hell yea! Imagine that combined with Tegra 3 & 4G LTE. Phones could finally introduce in-browser gaming!

  • QuantumRand

    I think the 808 PureView (
    http://europe.nokia.com/find-products/devices/nokia-808-pureview ) should have made this list. It’s not Android, but certainly one of the “7 best.”

  • http://thebestsmartphone2012.com/ Best Smartphone 2012

    I really like Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

  • dara_parsavand

     Agreed.  I expected it would make the list with a comment – something like, it is great to see good competition in the mobile phone camera market, wonder what is next in the Android market.  It depressed me to no end that Nokia bailed on Meego which I had decided to get when the N9 came out.  Then the Windows deal which I don’t think I can stomach.  But I do want the absolute state of the art on mobile cameras and it seems that Nokia isn’t giving up the mantle anytime soon.

    Before anyone says I’m just chasing mega pixels, I’m well aware of how this high MP sensor works.  Each pixel is more or less the same size as a standard 8 MP camera phone, so if you zoom in around 2.25 (digital zoom), you more or less have the same performance as a Galaxy SII (presumably) and same file size. But if you shoot zoomed out all the way, you get noise reduction (I also presume not as good if it had been a dedicated 8 MP sensor with the same area, but hopefully close).

    Their marketing pictures (mostly climbing – check them out) are better than any other phone camera shots I have seen (though I saw lots of good N8 shots).

    I’d love to have a 5″ 1280×800 low bezel Android phone that is NOT thin – go ahead and make it 14 mm throughout – big enough to hold this type of camera without a bulge and then add a honking battery to fill up the space
    .