MWC 2010

Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 hands-on

Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50 hands-on

The first nuvifone took its time reaching the market and met with disappointing reviews when it finally made it, so you could argue the bar is set low for the Garmin-Asus nuvifone A50.  The first in the model range to run Android, we grabbed some hands-on time with the A50 at MWC 2010 this week; turns out, the partnership have learnt plenty from their first efforts, and while the smartphone won't knock HTC off their perch it joins the ringing death-knell of standalone PNDs.  More first-impressions after the cut.

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Toshiba TG02 and K01 hands-on

Toshiba TG02 and K01 hands-on

Toshiba's two new Windows Mobile 6.5 devices ended up a little overshadowed by Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 launch, which is a shame since we're hoping the company has learnt its lesson from the mediocre TG01.  One of our biggest complaints was the poor custom UI; that's been replaced with a slick new 3D interface, which looks pretty impressive on the 4.1-inch WVGA display.  It also does duty on the Toshiba K01, which basically takes the TG02 and adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 hands-on

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 hands-on

MWC 2010 isn't our first encounter with the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10; after all, we joined the company in London back in November 2009 for the official launch of the Android smartphone.  What it is, though, is a good chance to catch up with a very much more optimized build.  The XPERIA X10's debut was marred by jittery performance and sluggishness in the company's custom apps, Mediascape and Timescape, leaving us somewhat unconvinced about the handset.  Happily - and handily, since Sony Ericsson tell us the X10 is mere weeks from launch in the UK - the current build is far more impressive.

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Texas Instruments gesture recognition demo [Video]

Texas Instruments gesture recognition demo [Video]

It wasn't all OMAP4 overload at Texas Instruments' stand here at Mobile World Congress 2010; the company is also showing off its latest attempts at gesture recognition. TI reckons tomorrow's smartphones could better be controlled by single- or multiple- finger gestures performed in front of the handset, rather than multitouch limited to the display, and they've come up with a way to recognize 3D movements with a single, inexpensive webcam.

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Texas Instruments Blaze video demo

Texas Instruments Blaze video demo

Back when we gave you a sneak preview of Texas Instruments' OMAP4 developers device - since named the Blaze - what we really wanted to show you was video demo of its strutting its tri-display Full HD potential.  Unfortunately they weren't quite ready to go public with that, so we've had to wait until MWC 2010 this week.  While the next-gen chipset battle is nowhere near finished yet, it's certainly an exciting time for mobile devices; after the cut, the Blaze gets a video demo - including custom dual-screen Android - and TI tell us why not all ARM Cortex A8 cores are created equal.

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro hands-on

Sony Ericsson Vivaz pro hands-on

Sony Ericsson's Vivaz pro potentially has a tough sell on its hands: its XPERIA siblings, like the X10 and the new X10 mini and X10 mini pro, have an arguably more eye-catching OS in Android, and a more impressive UI in the form of Timescape and Mediascape.  In contrast, the Vivaz and Vivaz pro both get S60, albeit with a little of Sony Ericsson's own tweaking.  Hands-on, both devices feel lighter than they look, though on the downside we weren't entirely convinced by the quality of the plastics.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini & mini pro hands-on

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini & mini pro hands-on

Biggest surprise about the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini and X10 mini pro?  Just how small the new Android smartphones are in the plastic.  We grabbed some hands-on time with both earlier today, and while they don't have the original X10's eye-catching 4-inch display they go some way to making up for it with extreme pocket-friendliness.  Check out the live photos and video demos after the cut.

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