The GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is winding to a close, but that doesn't mean mobile phone news have stopped streaming in. The third day of GSMA 2008 saw , RIM's co-CEO downplaying the recent BlackBerry outage, and the possibly giving Google's Android a run for its money with its own effort at an open, Linux-based operating system. Of course, we also took the opportunity to look at phones and carriers off the beaten path.
For starters, Senior Editor Kent German explored(Vodafone is a UK-based carrier) and took a look at their phones, such as the Nokia 5310 and the Samsung SGH-P110, which we'll never get here. He also lamented , despite their big showing in 2007. NEC is a big phone manufacturer outside of the U.S., and Kent gave us a good look at the for NTT DoCoMo in Japan, which also happens to be one of the first LiMo Foundation phones.
In an effort to go green,, a phone that is made entirely out of renewable and recycled parts. Senior Editor Bonnie Cha also got a look at the much talked about , a touch screen phone with a lot of GPS functionality. Andrew Lim from CNET UK gave us a hands-on look at as well.
One of the different devices we saw is the, a phone that is also an e-book reader--the display can even be rolled up like paper. Another phone that looks very different from the rest is the , which has different "sleeves" that can add to the functionality of the phone. Even though iRiver is more known for their MP3 players, this year in Barcelona, .
Palm Centro on February 19th., which doesn't have much of a presence in the U.S. market, is one of the largest cell phone manufacturers in China, so we had to take a look at the company's phones. Overall, we're pretty impressed--their phones ranged from the keyboard-equipped smartphone to the simple flip phone. A lot of their devices are high-end megapixel phones that support HSDPA. As for companies that the U.S. is familiar with, , but news is that it might debut a white version of the
We'll have more as the week goes on, but please take a look at our complete coverage of GSMA Mobile World Congress 2008 for plenty of product slide shows, videos, and more.