The highs and lows of MWC 2014
By Michael Brown, 28 Feb 2014
Each and every year the mobile phone manufacturers come together at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) to show off their future mobile phone releases to industry professionals.
Whilst the event, which is spread over several days, gets us excited each year there are always highs and lows.
One moment you are saying to yourself, "wow!" whilst the next you want to grab the manufacturer’s representative and shout, "what were you thinking?"
So join us on a journey of the good, the bad and the ugly.
Let’s get this one out of the way first. Nokia showed off three handsets, the X, X+ and XL smartphones.
Apart from showing a colourful design flare with bright back casings the specifications on these handsets are low. And by the way, luminous orange should not exist in any designer's colour palette!
The Nokia X has a measly 3 megapixel camera and just 1GHz of processing power. The X+ and XL fair a little better with the Nokia XL having an ample 5 inch screen and 5 megapixel camera.
For us this was the most disappointing encounter and we can only think that as these will be the last handsets from Nokia that are powered by Android before the acquisition of Nokia's mobile unit by Microsoft, that Nokia simply wants to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
Nokia, "What were you thinking?"
We are big fans of Sony products since their break from Ericsson and it seems like every new device is going to be quality.
The Sony Xperia Z2 was on display and it appears that Sony have got everything right with the inclusion of a quality aluminium chassis, glass finish and dust / water resistance.
In brief the Xperia Z2, which will be available in white, black and deep purple, sports a 20.7 megapixel camera with Superior Auto mode that captured sharper photos than we have ever seen, even on SLR professional cameras.
There's lots of fun to be had with the camera that features Background Defocus, Timeshift Burst and AR Effect.
You can read more about why the Xperia Z2 will be the best smartphone on the market here.
Samsung didn’t surprise anyone with the showing off of the Galaxy S5 as the rumour mill has been in overdrive for months about this new smartphone.
Having said this there were plenty of reasons for the Samsung crew to look smug.
Unlike the Galaxy S4 the design has a premium feel with a studded back jacket and the camera is exceptional with a 16 megapixel lens.
The geek squad will love the internals that include a massive 2.5GHz quad-core processor and Snapdragon 805 chipset.
The Samsung rep was keen to let us know that the phone has a fingerprint scanner, which we are sure Apple would love to contest exclusivity to in court if it could. We were also delighted to see a large 5.1 inch HD display, multitasking apps with no lag and a reported download speed of 1GB in just 30 seconds.
In fact there are 5 reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S5 is better than the Galaxy S4.
So, these were the biggest highs and lows of MWC. Do you agree?
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Comment by yen
from nw england
on 28th Feb 2014
Samsung: generic rubbish - has the s5 got an FM radio, this time over the s4 ?
Sony - seem to be the manu. which has got it going on ! ;)
Reply by Ana
on 24th Apr 2014