MWC 2008

  • Our first Android phone hands-on

    Here, in all its madcap glory, is the GPhone: Android running on test hardware that looks compelling but not quite ready for prime time. The interface was quite snappy — it was almost exactly as swift as the emulated software on any PC — and it looks good and tight with lots of nice transitions et al. Let’s say this is the emulator made flesh and leave it at that — the… Read More

  • LG KF510, KF600, KF700 debut at MWC: KF700 has three input methods for your enjoyment

    [photopress:kf700.jpg,full,right] Amazing bit of news here, but LG used this year’s MWC to debut some cellphones. Three cellphones, to be exact. From the low-end to the high-end (or nearest I can tell) there’s the KF510, the KF600 and KF700. The KF510 doesn’t real “do” anything and is more along the lines of a phone that carriers will give away—lots of… Read More

  • Several Android cellphones to be shown at MWC today

    [photopress:androidatmwccc.jpg,full,right] Android-based cellphones are somewhere on the Mobile World Conference show floor in Barcelona. There were rumors last week of an ARM-branded Android phone being at the show, and today AFP says we can expect to see models from Marvell, Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, NEC and ST Microelectronics. While the first Android cellphones aren’t scheduled… Read More

  • SkyNet is online in Barcelona, doing well

    An actual company in Barceona SkyNet was brought online on August 4, 1997 and immediately crashed. Disheartened, it settled in the outskirts of Barcelona, met a nice girl with a tongue stud, and now works as a web designer and makes and sells its own candles online. It still has a grudge against Sarah Connor, but it’s in therapy and… Read More

  • Modu: Cool but flawed

    I was pretty down on Modu, which is essentially a module-based GSM system that consists of a tiny handset — no bigger than a business card and about a quarter-inch thick — and a bunch of “mates” or “jackets” that wrap around the phone to do different things. Now that I’ve seen it up close and talked to… Read More

  • Interview with Dov Moran, founder of Modu Read More

  • HTC: Updated Advantage, Origami Shift, HTC P3470 w/ TomTom

    The HTC Advantage, enhanced for your pleasure Not much new out of HTC this show. They updated the Shift to run Vista with the Origami Experience 2.0 (I saw these guys live at Red Rocks back in 1983 – great show) and an updated Advantage. They also launched the P3470 with TomTom Navigator in Europe. Nothing too earth-shattering but God do they do nice hardware. Read More

  • Motorola's MWC sexy-time… not!

    Motorola just launched three phones, the W181, the W161, and the Z6w (the press page is missing so I added a placeholder). Do they excite you? Do you like them? With the introduction of the Wi-Fi enabled MOTO Z6w, Motorola is making it simple for consumers to enjoy seamless services on a single device. The GSM and Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN)-compatible handset extends the… Read More

  • Nokia 6210: Navigator phone

    Huh… the 6210 has an accelerometer and a built-in compass along with GPS. Now that’s something interesting. Perhaps this could be their next work-out phone? The 6210 supports Maps 2.0 and has local maps pre-loaded on the 1GB memory card. It also has A-GPS. You can download free maps at It has a 3.2-megapixel camera and MP3 player and will cost about 300 euro ($325). Read More

  • Nokia 6220: GPS photo phone

    The 6220 has a 5-megapixel camera with flash and geotagging. It will cost about 325 euros ($375) and supports HSDPA along with Nokia’s new Maps 2.0 application. It has a music player, FM radio, and supports microSD. Interestingly, it supports something called “widgets” which looks like an “always-on-top” system for weather, stocks, and all the other little info… Read More

  • New Nokia N-Series: N96 and N78

    Here comes Nokia out of the gate with a set of two N-Series devices, the N96 and the N78. Both of these should be available in the U.S., so that’s the first plus, and they’re priced at a premium, so that’s the first minus. The N78 (350 euros or about $400) has a 3.2-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and support for microSD. It has A-GPS for geotagging and supports… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson's two girls I'd go home with: the G700 and G900

    [photopress:G900_Dark_Brown_PP01.jpg,thumb,pp_image][photopress:G700_PP01_Silk_Bronze.jpg,thumb,pp_image] I’ve liked UIQ for years and, as we all know, I’m not a WinMo man. Therefore, I was most interested in the new G-series “soccer mom” phones, the G700 and G900. Sadly, as we noticed, these phones will come out in the next few months and not, unlike the X1, in… Read More

  • SEX1 (get it?) hands-on It’s a little dark but you generally see how these little “workspaces” work. You click one and it pops up. Clearly the X1s they were showing last night were almost unusable — they were very slow and basically mock-ups to show off some of the features. Every time the guy pressed a window it would go to the… Read More

  • SE unveils Xperia brand with X1

    Launched at MWC is the Xperia line and with it comes the X1. A Windows Mobile device that isn’t fully WinMo with a 3-inch display, QWERTY keyboard, 3.2-megapixel camera with AF, optical joystick navigation, aGPS, Wi-Fi and Xperia panels. From what I can glean from the press release, it appears that the Xperia panels are much like Expose on a Mac or Flip3D on Vista. Biggs will have… Read More

  • SE Z770: wicked fast clamshell

    The Z770 clamshell features a 2-megapixel camera with 2.5x digital zoom, video viewing, stereo Bluetooth, UMTS/HSDPA/GSM/GPRS connectivity, FM radio and the ability to tether to your laptop. It boasts 8.5 hours of talktime and works with Exchange ActiveSync for push e-mail from work. Seems like a standard clamshell with a 2.2-inch screen and Google Maps for Mobile built-in. No word on when it… Read More

  • Sony Ericsson officially announces W980 aka Alona

    Today at MWC Sony Ericsson officially announced the Alona, which will be sold under the W980 moniker. The latest Walkman phone brings 8GB of internal storage, superior sound quality, which is supposed to be true to the original recording. Also built-in is an FM transmitter that allows you to send whatever you’re listening to to any other device that has an FM receiver. That’s a… Read More

  • Liveblogging the Sony Ericsson announcement

    Going to try to Cover the Sony Ericsson press conference Live today for all you Sunday morning S-E lovers. Stay tuned.
    CoverItLive died. Click the jump for text liveblogging. Read More

  • MAXRoam: It's what's for dinner

    Just a quick note to mention that is a really great service. Essentially it’s a reduced rate pre-paid SIM card that lets you add multiple numbers to the same SIM. For example, I now have a SIM card with four international numbers in Spain, Poland, Germany, and the US and they all work seamlessly in almost any phone. It basically lets locals call you at local rates and you… Read More

  • Hands-on with the Samsung Soul

    [photopress:IMG_1116.JPG,full,pp_image] Got a moment to play with the Samsung Soul and I’m really please with the initial screens — everything works very well through the haptic directional pad and the screen is very crisp and bright. It has a 5-megapixel camera and will be coming out on Vodafone in Europe, no word yet about a US launch. Obviously this is “just another… Read More

  • Palm's advertising plan in Europe: Kinda mean

    I’m all for a little snark in advertising. Heck, if it weren’t for snark I’d be out of a job. But I saw this on a sign here at MWC last night and I kind of think it’s really mean. It says: I know it’s last minute, but my other friends have blown me out and I’m so desperate that, as a last resort, I thought I’d see what you losers ;) were up to Who is… Read More