Five Standout Mobile Devices from Mobile World Congress

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Every February, the GSM Association holds an enormous trade show in Barcelona, Spain called Mobile World Congress (MWC). The show is packed solid with new mobile goodies, and it has served to launch some of the biggest devices on the market. This year was no exception, and I’m going to run down five that you should keep your eyes out for.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Samsung has turned the Galaxy Note series of phones into a market leader, thanks in large part to their enormous screens. Last year it branched off into the tablet market with the Galaxy Note 10.1, and this year the company has come back with an 8-inch device.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 bridges the gap between the two sizes. It fits nicely into the burgeoning 7-to-8-inch tablet market. If you grab one of these, not only will you be picking up a nice tablet, but you’ll also find yourself with an over-sized phone. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will feature the ability to place calls (in some countries), but don’t blame me if you look goofy while doing it.

Asus PadFone Infinity. Why carry around both a tablet and a phone, each loaded with different apps and content when you can use the Asus PadFone Infinity? This is the second device from the Taiwanese manufacturer that comes with a phone that you can dock in a tablet. The 5-inch phone will switch over to being a tablet once docked, and you will be able to enjoy the same content, apps and data on a 10.1-inch screen.

Nokia Lumia 720. The Lumia 720 isn’t a high-end phone, but falls in the mid-range of devices powered by Windows Phone 8. The reason I found this one so compelling is that it will be the thinnest Lumia device yet, and that thrills me as I’ve loved what Nokia has had to offer so far. On the other hand, I’ve disliked how thick and chunky they have felt.

If you’ve been intrigued by Windows Phone 8, this may definitely be one to keep your eyes out for.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z. The new Xperia Tablet Z claims to be the thinnest 10.1-inch tablet available – it’s a mere 6.9mm and weighs only 495 grams. At those specs, you’ll barely even know you’re holding it. Additionally, it’s water resistant, so if you accidentally spill your drink, there’s no need to panic.

HP Slate 7. As tablets go, this is not one that will set the world on fire. Even so, the Slate 7 is more intriguing for what it says about the marketplace for tablets. HP dropped out of tablets and smartphones some time back and then shut down its famous webOS division, which it had purchased from Palm. The HP Slate 7 is the company’s first tablet in some time, and it decided to re-enter the race with Android in the driver’s seat.

The technical specifications of the Slate 7 are uninspiring, but it does make you wonder what could come next from the company that is best known for its printers, scanners and PCs.

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