Best Tablets and Phones from Mobile World Congress 2011 [Gallery]

The Mobile World Congress 2011 has just ended with a lot of new and exciting phones and tablets revealed and we are looking forward to seeing them on the market in the next few weeks.

  • The much-vaunted PlayStation phone was finally announced at MWC – slide the screen of the Sony EricssonXperia Play up and you reveal not a keyboard but proper controls for gaming. As the battle continues to differentiate phones running Google Android, then Xperia Play certainly achieves that goal. But it will be the first of several PlayStation-approved phones, so in fact it’s probably more potent as a symbol of the increasing power and value of mobile video gaming. Photo: SonyThe much-vaunted PlayStation phone was finally announced at MWC – slide the screen of the Sony EricssonXperia Play up and you reveal not a keyboard but proper controls for gaming. As the battle continues to differentiate phones running Google Android, then Xperia Play certainly achieves that goal. But it will be the first of several PlayStation-approved phones, so in fact it’s probably more potent as a symbol of the increasing power and value of mobile video gaming. Photo: Sony
  • First announced in Las Vegas, the Motorola Atrix was rather overshadowed by the company’s Xoom tablet. But in fact this device is selling consumers more than a phone – the combination of docks available mean that it could yet replace a host of other devices such as laptops and media streamers. Photo: MotorolaFirst announced in Las Vegas, the Motorola Atrix was rather overshadowed by the company’s Xoom tablet. But in fact this device is selling consumers more than a phone – the combination of docks available mean that it could yet replace a host of other devices such as laptops and media streamers. Photo: Motorola
  • LG launched two 3D portable products - the Optimus 3D phone (shown here) and the tablet - neither of which successfully go beyond the gimmick category. LG Optimus 3D, is the first 3D capable phone. It has a 4.3" LCD capacitive touchscreen with 480x800 pixels of resolution, with a glasses-free 3D parallax barrier screen technology. The two 5MP cameras on the back of the phone record stereoscopic 3D video at HD resolution, which will probably need some getting used to if you are hoping to get the most out of it, but LG announced partnership with the YouTube 3D channel, which places a dedicated app on the LG Optimus 3D to upload and share the 3D content you have captured with the phone easily. The chipset that makes the stereoscopic imaging possible is the dual-core 1GHz OMAP4 from Texas Instruments. Photo: LGLG launched two 3D portable products - the Optimus 3D phone (shown here) and the tablet - neither of which successfully go beyond the gimmick category. LG Optimus 3D, is the first 3D capable phone. It has a 4.3" LCD capacitive touchscreen with 480x800 pixels of resolution, with a glasses-free 3D parallax barrier screen technology. The two 5MP cameras on the back of the phone record stereoscopic 3D video at HD resolution, which will probably need some getting used to if you are hoping to get the most out of it, but LG announced partnership with the YouTube 3D channel, which places a dedicated app on the LG Optimus 3D to upload and share the 3D content you have captured with the phone easily. The chipset that makes the stereoscopic imaging possible is the dual-core 1GHz OMAP4 from Texas Instruments. Photo: LG
  • INQ Cloud Touch is another 'Facebook phone' offering deep integration with the social networking service. This is one of the two models launched by INQ - the other one called Cloud Q - that have 'Facebook in their DNA', according to the company. Photo: INQINQ Cloud Touch is another 'Facebook phone' offering deep integration with the social networking service. This is one of the two models launched by INQ - the other one called Cloud Q - that have 'Facebook in their DNA', according to the company. Photo: INQ
  • HTC launched the first phones to include an actual Facebook button on MWC – Salsa (left) and ChaCha. Every manufacturer since is now being asked when they will do the same. But Facebook’s strategy is to go for ubiquity and integration. And phones are featuring progressively fewer buttons.What’s most interesting about the ChaCha is its comprehensive integration of software with social networking. Although pricing has not yet been announced, these handsets will be targeted at a youthful, budget conscious market. The two Android-based devices will run on Gingerbread, the latest version of the Google's operating system. HTC hopes Facebook integration will appeal to a generation of new consumers who use the site more than email and run their social calendars through Facebook's events functions. Photo: HTCHTC launched the first phones to include an actual Facebook button on MWC – Salsa (left) and ChaCha. Every manufacturer since is now being asked when they will do the same. But Facebook’s strategy is to go for ubiquity and integration. And phones are featuring progressively fewer buttons.What’s most interesting about the ChaCha is its comprehensive integration of software with social networking. Although pricing has not yet been announced, these handsets will be targeted at a youthful, budget conscious market. The two Android-based devices will run on Gingerbread, the latest version of the Google's operating system. HTC hopes Facebook integration will appeal to a generation of new consumers who use the site more than email and run their social calendars through Facebook's events functions. Photo: HTC
  • Samsung also unveiled a 10.1-inch update to its 7-inch Galaxy tablet. The Android Honeycomb device has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and has a front-facing 2 mp camera as well as an 8mp camera at the back. Photo: SamsungSamsung also unveiled a 10.1-inch update to its 7-inch Galaxy tablet. The Android Honeycomb device has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and has a front-facing 2 mp camera as well as an 8mp camera at the back. Photo: Samsung
  • The new Samsung Galaxy S II – the sequel to the original S – is the most stylish handset to be launched at MWC 2011, and now also the most stylish on the market. Its professional looks have clearly learnt from the strengths of the Apple's iPhone, but it also offers an impressive combination of business-friendly features with a cool-factor and multimedia and gaming capabilities. At less than 8.5mm thick and with a pristine display, expect it to carry a premium price. Photo: SamsungThe new Samsung Galaxy S II – the sequel to the original S – is the most stylish handset to be launched at MWC 2011, and now also the most stylish on the market. Its professional looks have clearly learnt from the strengths of the Apple's iPhone, but it also offers an impressive combination of business-friendly features with a cool-factor and multimedia and gaming capabilities. At less than 8.5mm thick and with a pristine display, expect it to carry a premium price. Photo: Samsung
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