Mobile World Congress 2011
Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is a hugely exciting show for new mobile phones and tablets. We're on the spot, where the likes of HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Nokia will be taking the covers off the products. This year there will be a PlayStation phone, legions of Android 2.3 and 2.4 mobiles and a barrage of tablets. Bookmark this page and come back to see all our stories in one place. Stand by for mobile action!
The lightning-fast Samsung Galaxy S2 crams a gorgeous display and powerful camera into one of the slimmest smart phones we've ever held.
The Xperia Play is part console and part smart phone. Its hardware is impressive, but its confusing and inconsistent software makes gaming a joyless experience. That leaves it a porky Android phone, with little to offer over its slimmer, lighter rivals.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's fantastic screen and appealing design help to make it the best Android tablet so far.
The HTC Desire S isn't the most powerful Android smart phone on the block, but it offers a terrific design and intuitive software. Overall, it's a seriously appealing device.
The LG Optimus 3D is a pretty humdrum smart phone with one spectacular trick up its sleeve -- a glasses-free 3D screen. If you're into three dimensions, it'll be worth a look.
The 7-inch HTC Flyer is generally slick and easy to use, but it doesn't run the tablet-optimised version of Android, so certain apps are out of bounds until a software update arrives.
The 7-inch Acer Iconia A100 will suit those seeking a fully featured tablet running Android Honeycomb. It doesn't have the premium feel of some other tablets, but it comes with a more wallet-friendly price tag.
The LG Optimus Me P350 offers an attractive design, but cuts corners elsewhere to ensure the price remains low. It's best suited to smart-phone newbies who want to get Android on the cheap.
The LG Optimus Chat looks and feels like a low-cost phone, but its Qwerty keyboard means it stands out from the horde of similarly priced Android handsets. If you're mad about messaging, it'll be worth a look.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit looks good and offers a great camera. Its low-res screen and relatively weedy CPU are disappointing but this Android smart phone is very affordable.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo offers an excellent screen, superb camera and HDMI output, helping it to stand out from the horde of competing mid-range Android smart phones.
If you can live with the HTC ChaCha's landscape screen, you'll find it's a hugely likeable device, thanks to its Android software, dedicated Facebook button and excellent Qwerty keyboard.
The HTC Salsa promises all the thrills of an Android smart phone, as well as a heap of Facebook features to dip your tortilla chips into. There's even a dedicated Facebook button.
The Motorola Gleam is a cheap and shiny homage to everyone's favourite flip phone of yesteryear, the Razr. It's a good choice for those who value simplicity.
Although the Acer beTouch E210's full Qwerty keyboard makes typing a pleasure, an outdated version of Android, a poor screen and a dismal camera make this a choice for serious button lovers only.
The Samsung Galaxy Mini won't suit demanding smart-phone users. But this cheap and cheerful addition to the Galaxy stable is a viable option for newcomers to the Android scene.
With a better screen and more alluring design, the Wildfire S builds on its popular predecessor. The phone remains underpowered, but is still a compact and pocket-friendly Android handset.
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablet is a relatively heavy hunk of plastic, but its Android 3.0 Honeycomb software is a treat. The A500 will be even more fun to use when Google makes it easier to find dedicated Honeycomb apps.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace has a relatively low-res screen but this Android phone has lots of fun features and looks more expensive than it is.
The Acer Liquid Mini isn't a disaster by any stretch of the imagination, but its lacklustre specs prevent it from standing out from the rest of the budget Android smart-phone crowd.
The INQ Cloud Touch is a budget Android smart phone that offers some tantalising treats for Facebook fiends and Spotify supporters, although its looks reflect its low price.
The Samsung Wave 2 covers the basics well and looks good doing it. Its software needs some polish, but it's suitable for anyone who prefers to keep their phone simple. Still, a similarly priced Android smart phone will serve many people better.
The HTC Incredible S smart phone has an innovative appearance and tonnes of features. But, with a slightly dated version of Android and a single-core processor, the Incredible S feels merely credible compared to some of its mind-bending competition.
The 10.1-inch ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro faces extremely stiff competition, but, if you need a tablet that can run both Android and Windows 7, this dual-booting device is worth keeping an eye on.
It's a shame the ZTE V9+, also known as the V9 Plus, doesn't run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but it could prove an affordable alternative to tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The Android-based Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 is a massive media player or a small tablet, depending on your point of view. It could prove to be an affordable and slick alternative to the iPod touch.
The Android-based Acer Iconia Smart is a giant of a phone, with a 4.8-inch screen that sports a 21:9 aspect ratio. Turn the phone on its side and you can enjoy cinematic videos and wide-screen Web browsing.
Samsung is taking on the iPod touch with the Android-based Galaxy S WiFi 4.0. Compromises have been made in some areas but, if the price is right, this could be a brilliant multimedia device.
The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is a 10.1-inch Windows 7 tablet. Together with its nifty keyboard dock, it aims to offer the portability of a tablet with the productivity potential of a laptop.
The ViewSonic V350 runs two SIM cards at once, which could prove really useful. We're hoping this feature is well implemented and easy to use on the phone itself, and also that a rather weak processor doesn't drag the phone down.
Is it a tablet or is it a phone? Whichever way you cut it, the ViewSonic ViewPad 4's curious design and lack of stand-out features mean it will probably be submerged forever amid the recent flood of Android devices.
The Motorola Pro doesn't look flashy, but its security features may convince your IT department to finally let you have an Android phone.
The LG Optimus Pad looks set to bring some great hardware to the tablet table, and with a lightweight design and Android 3.0 Honeycomb on board, we're excited to see what this tablet can do.
If the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro's slide-out keyboard proves comfortable, it could be the first Android smart phone to really sock it to the BlackBerry in terms of productivity potential.
The reasonably sized Samsung Galaxy Gio looks like a slick option if you don't want a pocket-bursting giant of a smart phone. Its processor isn't as fast as those found in some of the latest Android handsets, though.
The INQ Cloud Q is an Android smart phone with a full Qwerty keyboard, and some innovative Facebook and Spotify features. It looks like it could be much more than just another BlackBerry wannabe.
The Huawei Ideos S7 Slim sports an older version of Android, but it's a good-looking piece of kit if you can't afford sky-high tablet prices.
The Motorola Gleam wants to zoom us back to the days of the iconic Razr, with a shiny outside, some flashing lights and hopefully a low, low price. Have a look in our video.
Samsung Zone uses magnetic fields to map your house down to the micron, so you you can launch apps automatically on your phone or tablet, depending on where you are.
We just about manage to wrap our hands around the goliath that is the HP Pre 3 for this hands-on video. Hit play to get a sense of just how ginormous it is.
Samsung is working on an app that will stream live TV from your television to your smart phone or tablet, as well as letting you control your TV from your device.
The HP Veer is a tiny little device that packs in as many smart phone qualities as possible. Watch our video to see the slide-out Qwerty keyboard and more.
We get hands-on with the HP TouchPad in this video to see if its 1.2GHz dual-core processor, great Web browser and beautiful screen can steal the iPad's crown.
The Samsung Wave 578 keeps up the wave of Samsung feature phones with a flood of connectivity features packed into a pint-sized package.
The Wave 2 connects to the Web, shoots hi-def video and downloads apps. It's a pretty smart phone, for a phone that isn't a smart phone.
We get our excited fingers wrapped around the new Motorola Xoom, a tablet with a mighty dual-core processor and Android's tablet-specific 3.0 Honeycomb operating system.
The MeeGo OS for smart phones and tablets isn't a dead dodo, according to Intel, despite the fact that its partner Nokia has downgraded the platform in favour of Windows Phone.
INQ is making waves with its Android-based Facebook phones, but CEO Frank Meehan thinks Android still has a geeky reputation that is putting off women.
Motorola's decision to slap a whopping $799 price tag on its Xoom tablet in the US may provoke fears of similar extortion here in the UK. Motorola Mobility boss Sanjay Jha thinks it's justified though.
There are so many cool tablets running Android 3.0 Honeycomb on the horizon, it's getting tough to figure out which one is best. We put the three frontrunners through their paces.
We get to grips with the LG Optimus Chat, a talkative little mobile that has a full slide-out Qwerty keyboard, and is running on Android 2.2 Froyo. Check out our hands-on photos.
You've probably never heard of ZTE, but it's the company behind the wildly popular Orange San Francisco. It's back, with a new affordable Android 2.3 smart phone.
We're big fans of budget Android phones, so we're glad to see that LG has spawned a successor to the Optimus One P500. Behold the Optimus Me P350.
We get hands-on in this video of the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0, an Android 2.2 media player of gargantuan proportions. Will that big screen be enough to make up for a lack of 3G connectivity?
3G and Wi-Fi models of Moto's Android tablet will be on sale in the UK by summer, but no pricing has yet been announced for the Honeycomb-powered device.
Take the Samsung Galaxy S smart phone, remove the phone bit and you'll have the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.0, a media player running Android 2.2 for Web-browsing, app-downloading good times.
Intel shows us MeeGo hasn't been thrown away following Nokia's partnership with Microsoft, but whether we ever come to see this platform arriving in the shops is another matter.
Dell's plans for a series of new Windows Phone and Android handsets have leaked, with a roadmap revealing the existence of devices codenamed Wrigley, Hancock and Millennium.
Sony is the latest company to hop on board Google's Android tablet bandwagon, according to a report. It's working on a PlayStation-certified device running the Honeycomb software.
We may be drunk on the Iberian sun, but we're sure 2011 is going to be the best year for smart phones yet. Don't believe us? Check out four of the best.
The LG Optimus 3D is the world's first 3D smart phone, while the Nintendo 3DS is the first 3D games console. But which one is set to deliver a better three-dimensional experience?
We got our hands on a Panasonic P-03C, otherwise known as the Lumix Phone, which promises to bring the Japanese company's camera tech to a mobile handset.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is a PlayStation-certified Android phone with slide-out gaming controls. We got hands-on to find out if it's going to steal the Sony NGP console's thunder.
We get hands-on with the HTC Wildfire S, a phone whose predecessor we once loved for its good looks and low price. Let's see if the new model has a better screen in this video.
We get hands on with HTC Incredible S in this video from Mobile World Congress to see if it really is as incredible as its name suggests (hint: it's not).
Nvidia has unveiled its latest 'super chip', codenamed Project Kal-El. It's a quad-core processor that will be making its way into smart phones and tablets this year.
MeeGo won't be going anywhere, despite being almost abandoned by Nokia, and we've taken an early pre-alpha version for a test drive on a tablet from Intel.
Is the Android-powered Acer Iconia Smart a really, really big phone, or are we just standing really, really close to it?
We get up close and personal with the HTC Flyer tablet to see how HTC's Sense has been adapted for bigger screens. Can it make up for not having Android 3.0 Honeycomb?
Start saviing your pocket money for Alcatel's range of ultra-affordable phones and cheap as chips Android smart phones, coming this spring.
The HTC Desire S is a great phone with some zinging features. But with a 1GHz single-core processor, we're left feeling that HTC could have done a little more to bring this fella up to date.
Nokia may not be making Windows Phone 7 handsets after all. A report claims the company will wait until the 'Mango' update comes out this autumn, which will have a different name.
Want a Galaxy S Android device but not that fussed about actually using it as a phone? Samsung has just the thing: the new Galaxy S WiFi 4.0, which will go head to head with Apple's iPod touch.
Google boss Eric Schmidt has expressed sorrow that Nokia has chosen Windows Phone 7 rather than Android as its main smart phone platform. But he says Google's offer remains open.
The Sonim XP3300 Force handset promises nearly a day of talktime and an 'ultra-rugged' design that laughs in the face of big drops, antifreeze and, er, concrete.
We wanted to write an expert hands-on preview of the Acer Iconia Tab A100, but instead we broke it. Click here to see the pictures.
The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is a bit of both worlds -- tablet and netbook -- but can we break it within moments of getting our hands on it? Of course we can. Click here to find out how.
There's no limit to the ways you can connect to the Samsung Galaxy S 2 with Samsung's take on iTunes, Kies 2.0, or the Kies Air app that lets you control it remotely.
HTC's new Flyer tab will make use of OnLive's game-streaming service, allowing users to play games on their tablet that would normally require a much more powerful computer.
Forget all that boozing and slouching. Social location service Foursquare wants you to run marathons and be nicer to your friends, according to its mobile boss Holger Luedorf.
The Samsung Galaxy S II packs a mighty punch with a beautiful 4.3-inch screen, dual-core processing and a plethora of media features. Let's hope it can avoid the issues its predecessor faced.
The relatively small and light Samsung Galaxy Gio is a refreshing departure from the current trend for monolithic smart phones. We've shot a hands-on video so you can size it up for yourself.
Facebook is leaping out of your browser and into your phone thanks to the HTC Salsa -- an Android smart phone with a special button for accessing the 'book. Check out our pictures right here.
The Wildfire S is the successor to the HTC Wildfire, a budget smart phone packing Android power into a dinky little frame. Click here for our hands-on photos.
At Mobile World Congress, we jogged on the spot and did a few star jumps in preparation for shooting a smashing hands-on video with the Samsung Galaxy Fit.
The Motorola Pro brings advanced security features to Android, which may convince your IT department to let you use it for work.
The HTC Flyer is taking on the daddy of the tablet trend, the iPad, and a fellow 7-incher, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. We've got pictures of how they stack up in person.
The HTC Incredible S is due to hit the UK in March. While you're waiting for it, cop a load of our bumper crop of photos.
The HTC Desire and its desirable siblings will receive an update to Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but owners could be facing a long wait.
Not content until it takes over your entire life, Facebook is spreading to phones. Check out the HTC ChaCha, which has a peculiar design and a full Qwerty keyboard.
Give in to your desires with our gallery of hands-on photos of the new Android-powered HTC Desire S.
The Samsung Galaxy Mini may not be the most powerful smart phone doing the rounds at Mobile World Congress, but that didn't stop us filming a video of the wee chappy.
We get up close and personal with the Samsung Galaxy Ace; an Android phone that brings powerful Web browsing with sleek stylings that are somewhat reminiscent of the iPhone 4.
We got our hands on the HTC Salsa, a good-looking mobile with a special Facebook button -- but it faces social-networking competition from the affordable INQ Cloud Touch.
Despite rival manufacturer Nokia working closely with Microsoft on the future of Windows Phone 7, HTC's chief executive said his company won't abandon the operating system.
The HTC Flyer has landed with its own take on Android for tablets, but how does it stack up against Google's Honeycomb 3.0 version? Check out our hands-on photos to find out.
We get hands-on with Samsung's new tablet baby: the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in this video. It features a 10.1-inch screen, dual-core processing and an unmodified version of Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
RealNetworks is launching its new Unifi service this summer, sucking up your media collection then making it accessible across all your devices. So how is it shaping up?
Acer is going tablet-crazy at Mobile World Congress this year, with the Iconia Tab W500 being a Windows 7-running counterpart to the Iconia Tab A500.
Flash may still be barred from the iPhone and iPad, but Adobe says it's caught on rapidly among other mobile devices. An update to version 10.2 is coming to tablets too.
Twitter boss Dick Costolo has denied that the company is working on its own-branded phone, preferring to work with manufacturers to make Twitter part of all their devices.
Nokia's decision to downgrade MeeGo to an experimental long-term 'project' might seem like the death knell for the next-gen OS, but Intel seemingly has other ideas, showing off an impressive demo.
HTC has announced the next object of desire in its Android-packing phone line-up: the HTC Desire S. Will it match up to its illustrious predecessors?
HTC is off to a flyer at phonefest MWC, announcing its first tablet: the 7-inch, Android-powered HTC Flyer.
Say ola, señors and señoritas, to the HTC Salsa! It's HTC's latest hot-blooded Latin lover, saying ándale ándale to Android. Arriba arriba!
It's a bold heart that names a phone so presumptuously, but HTC clearly thinks fortune favours the bold. Behold, then, the HTC Incredible S!
Spare a thought for the famous green Android: lacking hips, it'll never be able to dance the cha-cha-cha. But it can get close with the sultry, hip-swinging HTC ChaCha.
The Android 2.4-powered Wildfire S is burning down the house at flame-filled phonefest Mobile World Congress.
The Acer Iconia: is it a laptop with an identity crisis? Or a tablet with a chip on its shoulder? Just what is this hybrid dual-screen thingamajig? Take a look at our hands-on photos to find out.
The Motorola Gleam is perfect if, like Steve Wozniak, you've recently had to ditch your old Motorola Razr. This is an old-school flip phone for those who prefer things not so smart.
Microsoft's about to augment its mobile OS with a glut of new features designed to help Windows Phone 7 handsets compete with the iPhone and Android phones.
The ViewSonic ViewPad 4 has full phone functionality, runs Android Gingerbread and has a 4.1-inch touchscreen, but we're told this little device is actually a tablet. Confused?
Slider phones are getting more glamorous every week, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro continues the trend with Android 2.3, a full Qwerty keyboard and an 8-megapixel camera.
Ready to feast your mince pies on the first 3D smart phone? Good, because we've got our hands on the LG Optimus 3D. Click here for multi-core, 3D pictures.
The LG Optimus Pad is the first tablet from LG, and it's looking like a corker. Check out our hands-on snaps of this dual-core, dual-camera darling, photographed from every angle.
LG's Android-based Optimus Pad is an 8.9-inch tablet with a dual-core processor and a 3D camera system. Feast your peepers on some photos.
Acer is the latest manufacturer to take the wrappers off a 10.1-inch tablet running Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb software. The Iconia Tab has a focus on video and gaming.
ZTE's latest smart phone is the Skate, a handset running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a slimline design and 4.3-inch screen. The phone also includes a 5-megapixel camera.
Umeox Mobile has shown off an Android smart phone that laughs in the face of battery death, thanks to a built-in solar charger. We're not sure when the touchscreen device will come to the UK though.
Acer's Iconia Smart handset, revealed at Mobile World Congress, is armed with a massive 4.8-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 21:9, promising a popcorn-tastic mobile video experience.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit brings home Android on a budget by serving up a lower-resolution screen and a slower processor, all topped off with a chrome chin.
If, like us, your breath has been bated by LG's Optimus 3D smart phone, we have good news. The 3D-wielding handset will be coming 'soon' to the UK, courtesy of Three.
We were so excited to finally, er, play with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play at Mobile World Congress, we immediately made a video to show you what it's like. Hit, um, play.
The Everything Everywhere boys, T-Mobile and Orange, will flog you a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Arc or Neo from April -- plenty of time to decide if you want a phone that thinks it's a camera or a PlayStation.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace is slick-looking, with a sharp, responsive screen and plenty of Android power. But it could be mistaken for an iPhone 4.
RIM's decision not to include 3G in its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was puzzling, but now RIM has announced two new 4G models will be going on sale this year.
Here's a glimpse at the kind of features future Android smart phones will be offering, courtesy of tech announcements by Qualcomm and Oovoo at Mobile World Congress today.
Both the 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi-only versions of Motorola's Xoom Android tablet will be coming to Europe in the second quarter of 2011, although pricing has yet to be announced.
Samsung has unveiled its Samsung Wave 578 Bada smart phone at Mobile World Congress, with NFC the standout feature, along with a typing tech that promises to be twice as fast.
Sony Ericsson has formally unveiled its Xperia Play PlayStation Phone at Mobile World Congress, revealing that it will go on sale in March with more than 50 games available at launch.
Orange is adding yet more peachy perks to its Android phones, including a gesture app that lets you call, text or launch an app with a swipe of your finger.
We go hands-on to bring you photos of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, an Android 2.3 mobile that packs an 8-megapixel camera, an HDMI output and some neat software features.
The Samsung Galaxy S 2 reboots one of our favourite phones, and this time it looks faster, thinner, lighter and brighter than before.
The Samsung Galaxy Gio packs a simply stunning 3.2-inch screen and powerful Android operating system into a glossy, gorgeous-looking case.
The Samsung Galaxy mini is a colourful, pint-sized budget phone that still seems smart thanks to its powerful Android software and great connectivity.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a big-screen beauty with the brains of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and we've wiped off the drool to capture it in hands-on photos.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is making a splash at Mobile World Congress this year -- check out our hands-on photos of the mobile once known only as the PlayStation Phone.
Nokia has failed to launch a new phone at Mobile World Congress for the second year running, but has confirmed it will sell Windows Phone 7 apps in the Ovi Store.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will go up against the Motorola Xoom in the battle of the 10-inch tablets, boasting clashing dual-core processors and the latest Android Honeycomb software.
The Samsung Galaxy S II improves on one of our favourite phones with a dual-core brain, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and flashy Super AMOLED plus screen.
Samsung's new Galaxy S II smart phone and Galaxy Tab II tablet have been widely leaked ahead of their announcement at MWC. Now they've been officially confirmed.
MeeGo's future is in doubt following Nokia's announcement that it will support Windows Phone 7. Nevertheless, Nokia could be set to announce its first commercial MeeGo handset today at Mobile World Congress.
LG has confirmed more specs for its new Optimus 3D smart phone, which will make its debut at MWC. The handset will have a 1GHz, dual-core processor and hardcore video tech.
Finnish start-up Axel Technologies says its Fuugo TV and video app will make its European debut before the summer, mashing up broadcast TV, Internet TV and YouTube, as well as adding a social twist.
Samsung will take the wrappers off its Galaxy S2 smart phone tomorrow at its Mobile World Congress press conference, but the device's specs appear to have leaked early.
Researchers at European boffin-factory Fraunhofer have announced a new video-coding technique capable of streaming 3D films to your mobile, albeit over yet-to-be-launched-here LTE networks.
Digital camera maker Altek is set to cause a stir at MWC this week, with its A14 Leo 'Pro Camera' smart phone'. Why? How does a 14-megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom grab you?
Nokia doesn't have any Windows Phone 7 handsets to show off in public yet, but a leaked photo appears to show prototypes mocked up using Microsoft's smart phone OS and Nokia's hardware.
The INQ Cloud Q is a social butterfly's dream phone -- cheap, powerful and sporting a full Qwerty keyboard and some innovative Facebook widgets.
The INQ Cloud Touch is the first phone to offer Spotify as the default music player, whether you've shelled out for a premium subscription or not.