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MWC: Top 10 best and worst at Mobile World Congress 2012

We winnow the mobile wheat from the chaff after last week's party in Barcelona
Mon Mar 05 2012, 16:43

AS THE DUST SETTLES after another Mobile World Congress (MWC), it's time to reflect on the mobile world in 2012 and the highlights and low points of the conference this year.

There's no doubt there was plenty of innovation on display, and that there's a healthy mobile market out there for consumers and businesses alike, with firms from Huawei to HTC to Nokia all showing off their ability to compete with the big boys of Apple and Samsung.

However, there was plenty to be disappointed with, from shoddy press demonstrations to Barcelona's complete inability to just let the attendees of the event be - instead subjecting them to everything from devious pick-pockets to student riots.

The Good

Honourable mention - Ubuntu for Android looks impressive

Ubuntu for AndroidAfter hearing about Ubuntu for Android before MWC The INQUIRER was sceptical about how this would work and whether this was actually going to be useful.

However, after viewing an impressive demonstration of Ubuntu for Android any negative thoughts we had were immediately washed away, as this was one of the more impressive concepts on display at the show.

The premise is similar to the Motorola Atrix, which allowed users to plug their handset into a HDMI-enabled lapdock and switch to Motorola's Linux-based Webtop operating system.

However, Ubuntu is far more useful as it resembles the traditional desktop experience and is likely to offer far more functionality. The operating system is expected to be preloaded onto high-end Android handsets and could be shipping in late 2012. It looks promising and we can't wait to test it out in full.

5. Asus innovates with the Padfone

asus-padstation-padfone-dockedThe Asus press conference was held in the Museu del Rock and as we filed into the tiny auditorium for the presentation it seemed woefully inadequate to house all the journalists in attendance.

If this was CES, we can assure you that the fire marshal would have shut the presentation down.

However, despite those in attendance having to practically sit on top of each other and deal with the sweltering heat in the room, this was one of the more memorable presentations.

The chairman of Asus, Jonney Shih took the stage and had the audience in the palm of his hand as he gave a delightfully energetic performance. He unveiled a raft of devices, the pick of which was the Padfone, a smartphone/tablet hybrid.

The highlight, though, was when he dramatically revealed a stylus that doubles as a Bluetooth headset that can answer calls. In terms of innovative devices, Asus was one of the few manufacturers to push the boundaries of design and we were suitably impressed.

 

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