Samsung goes big and small in Barcelona

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung shows recent handsets that come in all sizes.

BARCELONA, Spain--Samsung usually arrives at a trade show with all guns blazing and Mobile World Congress was no exception. Not only did the company show off its new Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S II , but also it displayed some handsets it had announced previously. And these devices came in all sizes.

On the larger side is the Samsung Galaxy S 4G , which T-Mobile and Sammy revealed last month. With a 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen and a slim rectangular shape, it looks very much like the earlier Samsung Vibrant. It certainly was pretty, but it felt rather fragile. Features on the Galaxy S 4G include a 5-megapixel camera, a second front-facing camera, a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, and support for T-Mobile's 4G network.

We also got our first peek at the Samsung Ace, Gio, Fit, and Mini, which were also announced last month . These Android devices represent the small camp. With displays ranging from 3.1 to 3.5 inches, they don't offer a lot of real estate; they're actually a little too small for me. They also aren't big on features, but they bring the basics of an Android smartphone at what should be bargain prices.

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