Our little Dialed In family is back together once again. After enduring some technical difficulties and travel nightmares, Kent and I are back from Barcelona, Spain, to join Nicole in the studio where we reflect on all the news from Mobile World Congress 2010. If there's one takeaway from the show, it's that software will play a primary role in this year's smartphones, while hardware will take a backseat. In other news, AT&T is finally getting its first Android phone and Sprint's WiMax devices are coming--but not as early as some say. All this … Read more
Global sales of mobile phones dipped slightly in 2009 overall but did stage a fourth-quarter recovery, according to new figures from Gartner.
Last year, consumers worldwide bought 1.21 billion cell phones, a 0.9 percent decline from the prior year. However, a surge in smartphones from the likes of Apple and Research In Motion and in low-end devices boosted fourth-quarter sales to 340 million units, an 8.3 percent gain over the fourth quarter of 2008, the market researcher said Tuesday.
Selling prices also took a hit last year. Intense competition forced cell phone manufacturers to keep prices low, … Read more
Despite returning to a dreary, cold day here in New York, it's nice be back home here in the States. It's hard to believe that only a week ago Mobile World Congress 2010 was just kicking off in Barcelona, Spain--all of us eager to see what news and products would be unveiled at the world's premier cell phone show.
Despite some logistical nightmares, MWC 2010 certainly didn't disappoint. Interestingly, it wasn't so much the new handsets that made headlines this year (in fact, several cell phone manufacturers, including Nokia and LG, didn't even have booths), but rather, it was the software that stole the show.
If you think about it, this makes sense. We're getting to a point where it's getting harder for companies to differentiate themselves by hardware. Most smartphones these days all have a full range of wireless options, touch screens, 3.5mm headphone jacks, and next-generation processors. So how do you get a leg up on the competition? By offering better software and mobile content options. … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--Mobile World Congress 2010 has finally come to a close, and it's been one of the busier shows in recent memory. As the dust settles, we're finally getting the opportunity to reflect on this year's show and process all the news (look for our show wrap-up next week) but if we had to pick out one highlight of the show, it would be, without a doubt, Windows Phone 7 Series.
Much like Palm at CES 2009, much of the tech world and cell phone fans were watching to see whether Microsoft would finally deliver a … Read more
Who says no to Google? Apparently, Sony Ericsson.
In an interview with Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan, Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg revealed that Google first approached his company to build the Nexus One smartphone but it turned the opportunity down, making way for HTC to produce it.
Berg said Sony Ericsson wants to release phones under its own brand only and prefers to rely on its own efforts to make it in the U.S. market. Now, we can certainly admire the company's determination, but come on, Sony Ericsson, there's a time when you have to put your pride … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--One of the best things (and sometimes the most torturing) about Mobile World Congress is checking out handsets from around the world. I think it's fair to say that the U.S. is a bit behind the times when it comes to the mobile space, so it's always great to have an opportunity to see what other kinds of technology are out there.
Over the past couple of years, NTT DoCoMo, one of Japan's largest mobile operators, has provided some unique and most entertaining phones, and it didn't disappoint this year. DoCoMo outdid itself this … Read more
We can't say this was a complete surprise, but AT&T made it official and revealed that its first Google Android smartphone, the Motorola Backflip, will be available starting March 7 for a rather attractive price of $99.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
First making its debut at CES 2010 and also our Best of CES winner in the cell phones and smartphones category, the Backflip features Motoblur software and a rather unique design.
The flip phone opens up like a book. Behind the 3.1-inch touch screen you'll find something … Read more
As Kent and Bonnie enjoy their last few days in Barcelona, Nicole invites Tom Merritt from Buzz Out Loud and Donald Bell from MP3 Insider to join her in a discussion of what happened at Mobile World Congress 2010. It turns out, quite a bit. We go over Windows Phone 7, Samsung Bada, Symbian 3, app store mania, and few new handset announcements as well.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
BARCELONA, Spain--It's no secret that we weren't huge fans of the Garmin Nuvifone G60. How could we be when half of the product (the smartphone half) barely worked? So when we heard that Garmin-Asus would be showing off its latest Nuvifone models, the Android-powered Nuvifone A10 and Windows Mobile-based Nuvifone M10, at Mobile World Congress 2010, we didn't have the highest of hopes. However, after getting some hands-on time with the devices, we may just be changing our mind.
To start, the hardware is much improved. Both the Nuvifone A50 and M10 have sexier, slimmer designs that … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain--They say good things come in small packages, and when it comes to gadgets, smaller is usually better. Then you get a case like the HTC HD2.
This gargantuan smartphone isn't a dream to carry around, but then you take a look at its gorgeous and luxuriously spacious 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen, and you might be willing to reconsider. Then you take another gander at its size again and think otherwise. Well, HTC understands that dilemma and has heard your cries, thus resulting in the HTC HD Mini.