Mobile World Congress 2012 Wrap-up

At what must be one of the most beautiful venues on earth to have a conference such as this, we've got

Mobile World Congress 2012

, a yearly event which takes the whole world's mobile device market and gathers it up into one big week-long masterpiece. Of course it's not as perfectly simple as that, and if you've never been to the event or have never tried to follow along with

the news that spills forth

from it before, you may very well have a hard time fitting all the pieces together. That's why we've got this easy to read, easy to decipher guide for you to work your way through all of the devices and services announced, displayed, and teased during the events – have a look!

What we're going to do here is separate everything by brand. First there's a big set of smartphone and tablet manufacturers, then we've got Google, then the big processor manufacturers, Microsoft, and the rest. I should also let you know that we're not quite done yet here, with a selection of other oddities still up our sleeves set for release over the next few days as well. Continue checking our

[MWC 2012 portal]

for the full pack!

One of the first events we attended was an LG booth preview, this meeting / miniature keynote had us also able to check out the full line of devices announced the week before MWC 2012 by LG. We were able to check out the full

LG Optimus L-Style family

including the L7, L5, and L3 in all their mid-range glory. Next we had a peek at the all-powerful

LG Optimus 4X

, a Tegra 3 toting next generation smartphone following up on the original world's first dual-core smartphone, the LG Optimus 2X. Another follow-up nest-generation device we got to handle was the

LG Optimus 3D Max

, and the LG response to the Galaxy Note, the

LG Optimus Vu

, a massive smartphone / tablet hybrid with a 4x3 height x width ratio.

Sony decided to doll out a couple more Xperia devices, each of them slightly unsurprising to a fine degree. We first got

official word

that the Xperia P existed, then got a

hands-on experience

with the device. We also finally got to handle the fabled

Sony Xperia U

in all its square goodness.

[aquote]HTC brought its A-game and threw it all out on the floor[/aquote]

If there was one smartphone manufacturer that brought their A-game and threw it all out on the floor, drew a line in the sand, and said "let's do this thing", it was HTC. They both introduced and described their brand new hero line of devices, HTC One. This line of devices features high-quality sound from Beats Audio, fabulous high resolution and sharp displays,

HTC ImageSense

for fabulous photos inside of Sense 4.0, and a high quality overall experience in each device. The devices dropped like this: first there's the


- the lowest spec'd device with a classic shape.

Then there's the


international version and the

T-Mobile HTC One S

as well – note here right away that the HTC One naming scheme will stick around no matter which carrier these devices are on, HTC holding strong to their hero line guarantees. Plus there's the


as well as its


relative by the same name. HTC One X is the hero of heroes and comes with either an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor or a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor depending on if you get the international or AT&T version, respectively. We got hands-on looks at the


, the


, and the


as well.

[aquote]Nokia was a fantastic force this year[/aquote]

Nokia was another fantastic force this year at MWC 2012, not least of all because of their awesome set of booths which both showed off their devices and provided press and brand friends an excellent place to work and relax during the week's madness. The devices Nokia dropped were pretty neat too, starting with the

Nokia Lumia 900 DC HSPA Global Edition

which we also got

hands-on time with.

There was also the physical keyboard toting

Asha 202, 203, and 302

which we also got

hands-on time

with right after the release event. There was but one mid-range touchscreen device from the group in the

Lumia 610 (hands-on)

, then the giant

game-changing device

that rattled the whole event was the

Nokia 808 Pure View

complete with an undeniable 41 megapixel camera on its back – have a look at our

hands on with 41 megapixels

as well, and head to our

Nokia MWC 2012 round-up

for a different guide to the awesome madness.

Three companies that brought one device each that triggered our "must touch" sensors were ViewSonic, Toshiba, and Panasonic. For the first manufacturer it was for the

ViewSonic ViewPhone 4S

, complete with an ultra high-resolution display and the ability to use two SIM cards. Then there was Toshiba with their

unnamed NVIDIA Tegra 3 toting tablet

complete with 7.7-inches of HD display and an ultra-thin profile. Then for Panasonic we got two hands-on looks t the ELUGA device, first in a

classic hands-on experience

, then with the

dunking of the device in the water

for good fun had by all.

The folks at ZTE surprised us with several new devices including both

Windows Phone



in a wide array of configurations. Perhaps the most impressive of these was an

NVIDIA Tegra 3

quad-core processor toting smartphone by the name of ZTE Era. We got hands-on with the


as well as the Windows Phone Tango smartphone

ZTE Orbit.

[aquote]Samsung had an odd set of devices on hand[/aquote]

Samsung had a highly odd set of devices on hand for us to get hands-on experiences with including the

Samsung Galaxy Beam

with its cool projector top and the

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

with its Galaxy Note abilities, S-pen (the tablet having no slot despite the silo on the original Galaxy Note,) and Galaxy Tab 10.1 stylings. For those of you looking for one solid device with no such super odd abilities on top, check out our hands-on with the

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Blaze

, complete with everything you need for speedy daily living.

Two more groups that surprised us with some super excellent devices running high-powered processors were Huawei and Fujitsu. With Huawei we got hands-on with both the

MediaPad 10fhd

and the

Ascend D Quad

, a device which you'll also see a massive amalgamation of this weekend in a post about the model they made specifically for and of this device. It's a horse ascending into the air, all made out of the Ascend D Quad smartphone! Then there was the

Fujitsu unnamed NVIDIA Tegra 3 smartphone

which despite it having no finalized features just yet, seemed pretty impressive at the time.

ASUS revealed several new tablets in their now-named

Transformer Pad series

including the

brand new 300 series

as well as the high powered

ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700 LTE

. Then of course we got another glimpse of the

ASUS Padfone

, this time with a release date and a stylus headset!

We covered the

Google keynote

for the Mobile World Congress main series of keynotes, of course, it having Eric Schmidt speaking on the development of the world for

countries and communities

that have

no access to the internet

at all. He also spoke on privacy and how

Google Chrome

as well as


have it and continue to allow you the control to keep yourself

as private as you like.

He also spoke of

legal matters

and there were quite a few


quotable moments also, especially in the Q and A section of the keynote. Schmidt mentioned

Google Bucks


3D-capable personal robots

as well. Check out our

round-up of the Google keynote

for all of this information arranged once more.

[aquote]Qualcomm took some awesome shots at the competition with the Snapdragon S4[/aquote]

For processor power we go to see great offerings from each of the big powerhouses, first up Texas Instruments with their

OMAP 5 2x dual-core SoC

as well as information on how they'll be teaming up with

Harman and iRobot

for future OMAP 5 toting devices. Qualcomm took some awesome shots at the competition with the

Snapdragon S4 and Gobi 5th gen

while we took a look at the

Qualcomm Snapdragon MDP

for S4 and spoke with the team, this resulting in the note that

Intel is still uncompetitive

in the mobile marketplace.

Intel certainly does appear to be taking a good run at the market recently, on the other hand, here at Mobile World Congress with the

Orange Santa Clara Medfield phone

in all its glory. Then there's NVIDIA, which if you simply take a peek at our hands-on with

Shadowgun Deadzone multiplayer

, you'll only see a tiny fraction of what we'll be publishing soon – and don't forget about the massive amount of Tegra 3-toting smartphone released this past week alone.

Microsoft took each of these chipmakers and put them all in one room together with the

Windows 8 Publishers Preview

, having a tablet each from

each manufacturer

to show off Windows 8 for the consumers of the future. We also saw the preview on a

wide variety of computers

and saw how it

all works together as you would expect it to.

The app interface was

incredibly fast and fluid,

the shoe system worked extremely well on


as well as any PC

with the ability to run a USB stick

. You can also

download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

right this second if you'd like to.

Of the oddities we've posted thus far, I recommend you check out the following:

Skype for Windows Phone


MTV's under the thumb Social TV

for starters, then

FXI Cotton Candy

the world's smallest PC to keep your sweet tooth hungry. You of course then must also view our look at the

Neonode 3D touch for tablets and phones

hands-on experience we've got along with the one vehicle we checked out: RIM's own BlackBerry vehicle, the

QNX Porsche 911

complete with BlackBerry phone and PlayBook tablet integration.

Again there is a selection of content still coming from our Mobile World Congress 2012 crew at the time of this posting, and you can catch all the action through our [MWC 2012 portal] for access to it all!