MWC 2014 has served up some stellar new devices. That’s in no doubt.
As well as the top–end titan that is the Samsung Galaxy S5, there have also been some impressive shifts from mobile-makers, as they clamour to grab attention in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
Nokia’s decision to unleash a set of Android phones was expected, but nonetheless fascinating.
Chuck in great new efforts from Sony, Huawei and others, and you’re looking at a slew of new devices to excite mobile fans the world over.
1 Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung’s new flagship did not disappoint.
The clamour to see the device in the flesh in Barcelona was bordering on insane and with good reason.
Samsung has upped the ante with faster 4G skills, a new fingerprint scanner to take on Apple’s iPhone 5s and 4K video recording.
The 16-megapixel camera represents a boost on last year’s Galaxy S4, with the dust and waterproof design is all new too.
Improved health apps, plus heart rate monitoring, show that Sammy knows Apple is plotting something in this direction too.
2 Nokia X Series
OK, so this is strictly not one but three devices. But Nokia’s X Series represents a huge step change for the company and throws down the gauntlet to Microsoft as it finalises its buyout of the company.
Each handset uses forked Android, with Live Tiles–style design.
The fact they can run Android apps is hugely appealing, as is the low price.
The X costs just €89, the X+ coming in at €99 and the XL topping out at €109.
With BBM on board too, these phones point the way to a more collaborative mobile future.
3 Sony Xperia Z2
Sony is clearly desperate to make up for lost ground after years of releasing average devices in partnership with Ericsson.
The Xperia Z2 builds on the excellent work done with the Z and Z1, offering the same impressive 20.7 megapixel camera, but bumping up the screen to 5.2–inches.
It can handle 4K video and has built in noise cancelling so watching back movies on trains and planes is a pleasure rather than a chore. An excellent addition to Sony’s lineup.
4 Huawei Ascend G6
Chinese mobile-maker Huawei doesn’t have a huge UK presence. But its devices are second to none, especially its new Ascend P6.
As well as including the usual 4G smarts expected of today’s top–end handsets, it also comes with a manageable 4.5–inch qHD screen and a decent eight-megapixel camera.
That might not put it up there with the Galaxy S5, but if you want a decent device that’ll make you stand out from the crowd, look no further.
5 Samsung Gear 2
The Gear 2’s ability to make and take calls means we’re bending the rules to include it here.
Much needs to be said about Samsung clearly trying to flood the market with different smartwatches, but its new top–end timepiece can’t be argued with.
As well as call smarts, it has improved fitness tracking abilities, beefed up Tizen software, impressive native apps, camera support and can stand alone as an MP3 player.