Don't let anybody tell you tech blogging is all glamour; sometimes in the name of a great story - and showcasing a fantastic gadget - you end up looking pretty darn ridiculous. Wearable computing specialists Kopin were walking the MWC 2010 show floor giving demonstrations of their Golden-i head-mounted PC, which promises a 15-inch virtual display that can be voice-controlled while leaving your hands free. Check out our first-impressions and a demo video after the cut.
Motorola weren't first out of the gate with Android, but they haven't let that stop them. The company are now up to their eight handset running the open-source OS, with availability spread across North America, Europe and Asia, and next in line is the Motorola QUENCH with MOTOBLUR. Set to hit T-Mobile USA as the Motorola CLIQ XT, we grabbed some hands-on time at MWC 2010 this week.
You might recognize BYD's Snaptop prototype from back in November 2009, when we grabbed some hands-on time at a Qualcomm press event. The difference at MWC 2010 this week was that the Snaptop is now functional, rather than a mockup; you still get a touchscreen, flip-out kick-stand and a wireless Bluetooth keyboard which docks into the back of the tablet for storage and portability, but now the whole thing actually works.
Slapping a pico-projector module into a phone isn't exactly new, but Samsung's Beam I8520 is perhaps the first that has us truly tempted. The smartphone - formerly known by its "Halo" codename - ticks plenty of the boxes many shop for handsets by: it runs Android 2.1 on a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display with capacitive touchscreen, and has an 8.1-megapixel camera on the back complete with an LED flash. On top of Android Samsung have used their TouchWiz 3.0 UI, and while we've never been especially big fans - in comparison to other manufacture-specific software environments - the whole thing moves along at a decent lick of speed.
Of course, the real interest here is the integrated pico-projector. Samsung have used a Texas Instruments DLP module running at WVGA resolution, just like the Beam's own AMOLED display, and it's triggered by holding down a button on the right-hand side. Whatever's on the main display can be projected, and the Beam's pico has a 6 lumen brightness rating.
HTC's second launch event of MWC 2010 may have been a little more subdued than the Desire/Legend/HD mini announcement, but the phone it detailed may reach a whole lot more users than that trio. Along with carrier O2, the company have announced availability of the HTC Smart, an entry-level device running Qualcomm's Brew MP OS on a 300MHz processor. Check out our hands-on video demo after the cut.
It's still not yet publicly available for Nexus One owners, but that hasn't stopped at least one demonstration of Flash 10.1 running on Google's "superphone". We came across the modified Nexus One here at Mobile World Congress 2010 this week, and shot some video of the SlashGear.TV media player (which is, obviously, Flash-based) along with YouTube. The good news is that it works; the bad news is that it doesn't work especially well.
Acer's new Android flagship, the Liquid e, certainly promises a lot on paper - a 768 MHz Snapdragon processor, 3.5-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and Android 2.1 for starters - so we headed over to the company's booth here at MWC 2010 to see whether it delivered. Check out our first impressions after the cut.
We stopped by Acer at MWC 2010 to check out their latest Android smartphones, and came across the Aspire One 532G, the company's first Full HD compliant netbook. While Acer aren't making a song & dance about it, the AO532G is in fact the first netbook to use NVIDIA's Ion 2 meaning it's capable of 1080p output via HDMI. However the Ion 2 GPU is switchable, using NVIDIA's latest Optimus technology, balancing graphics power against battery life.
What's the best use for an NVIDIA Tegra 250 second-gen tablet? If you said Condé Nast's Wired digital magazine demo, or indeed popular Facebook game Farmville, NVIDIA have you covered. The company had their latest tablet prototypes on show, and were demonstrating the finger-friendly magazine together with the addictive farming game.
We didn't hide our confusion back at the Samsung bada launch late last year; at the time, a disappointingly vague presentation and a complete absence of demo devices left us uncertain as to where Samsung expected the new smartphone-for-the-masses platform to fit into the current ecosystem. Having spent some decent hands-on time with the first bada phone, the Samsung Wave S8500, and our very own hands-on at MWC 2010 - we're a little more confident in the device if not the positioning. Check out our first impressions - and video - after the cut.