MWC 2009

Garmin-ASUS nuvifone G60 and M20 hands-on

Garmin-ASUS nuvifone G60 and M20 hands-on

We stopped by to check out the latest fruits of the Garmin-ASUS partnership today at Mobile World Congress, in the shape of the new nuvifone M20 and the latest iteration of the nuvifone G60.  The latter, although we've seen it several times before, still manages to impress: that's primarily thanks to the user-interface, which is GPS-focused enough to truly feel like a real PND/smartphone hybrid.

More hands-on shots of the G60 and M20 - plus hands-on feedback - after the cut

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Samsung UltraTOUCH and BEAT DJ hands on

Samsung UltraTOUCH and BEAT DJ hands on

We grabbed some hands-on time with Samsung's new UltraTOUCH flagship feature phone and the BEAT DJ music phone today, and there's some seriously impressive AMOLED action going on in both devices.  The UltraTOUCH S8300 looks pretty certain to be a hit in Europe, where it will go on sale as the Tocco Ultra Edition.  TouchWiz may be on top of Samsung's generic own-brand OS, but it's reasonably responsive and the whole thing feels sturdy and solid in the hand, despite the slender dimensions.

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Microsoft announce Windows Phone 6.5, My Phone and Marketplace

Microsoft announce Windows Phone 6.5, My Phone and Marketplace

No great surprise, but Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has officially announced the latest version of Windows Mobile, version 6.5, today at Mobile World Congress, complete with a new name: Windows Phones.  The newest version of the platform, as we've already seen in leaked screenshots, introduces a honeycomb launcher GUI which can be organized with often-used applications to the top of the screen, has customizable widgets and improved browsing via Internet Explorer Mobile 6.5 with the same browser engine as IE on the desktop.

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Samsung Press Conference wrap-up

Samsung Press Conference wrap-up

Samsung today announced three new touchscreen devices, the UltraTOUCH S8300, Omnia HD and The Beat Edition, under the strapline "A Mobile to touch every lifestyle".  Samsung expect 2009 to be the year of the full touchscreen device, and as such the three new handsets address very different demographics.  The UltraTOUCH is a slick feature-phone with a slender slider form-factor, the Omnia a powerful Windows Mobile smartphone based on the existing device of the same name, but new HD capabilities, and The Beat Edition, a music-centric handset with DJ-style controls and functionality

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Samsung Blue Earth eco-friendly solar smartphone

Samsung Blue Earth eco-friendly solar smartphone

As well as their more mainstream devices, Samsung also announced the first in their new Blue Earth series, an eco-friendly handset made from recycled PCM plastic, which is extracted from water bottles. On the back there's a solar panel, which Samsung are saying generate enough electronic power to "call anytime anywhere".

 

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Samsung Omnia HD gets official at MWC 2009

Samsung Omnia HD gets official at MWC 2009

Samsung announced the latest iteration in the Omnia range today, the Samsung Omnia HD I8910, with a switch from Windows Mobile 6.1 to Symbian S60.  The Omnia HD has a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, capable of 16m colors, together with an 8.1-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p high-definition footage.

 

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Pre Community briefing with Palm at MWC 2009

Pre Community briefing with Palm at MWC 2009

We stopped by Palm this morning to check out the latest on the Pre; although we had been hoping that the GSM version of the handset would be announced, Palm maintain that they've no plans to confirm their European carrier at this event. Nonetheless, while shooting video of the Pre for our sibling-site Pre Community, we spotted a Vodafone SIM in what was obviously a GSM handset.

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HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2

HTC Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2

HTC have announced two new devices at MWC today, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and the HTC Touch Pro2, each updates of the original devices. The Touch Diamond2 has a 3.2-inch VGA touchscreen display, while the Touch Pro2 has a 3.6-inh WVGA touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Both run Windows Mobile, currently 6.1 but we're expecting to hear that each will ship with 6.5 when Microsoft officially announce it - as expected - later on today.

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Sony Ericsson Idou: Live Video and Gallery from MWC

Sony Ericsson Idou: Live Video and Gallery from MWC

Sony Ericsson's Idou may be far from complete, but that didn't stop the company pulling out the limited number of pre-production demo units they had and running through a quick showcase of some of the touchscreen smartphone's features.  Headline functionality for the Idou is the 12.1-megapixel autofocus camera with Xenon flash, 3.5-inch VGA-resolution touchscreen and new Symbian Foundation OS; check out our live demo video and full gallery after the cut.

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