BARCELONA, Spain--While rivals like Nokia, HTC, and LG landed at Mobile World Congress with splashy press conferences and armloads of shiny new devices, Motorola flew into town well under the radar. Though the company's low-key presence would disappoint gadget geeks, Moto has never made a big play in the five years that I've been to Mobile World Congress. CES is always a bigger production for the company (it unveiled the super long-lasting Droid Razr Maxx last month, for example), so perhaps it just suffers from a post-Las Vegas hangover.
That doesn't mean, though the Moto doesn't secure a booth to show its latest devices. It may not have a second level and a hospitality suite, but it had a prime spot at the entrance to one of the halls and it was crowded at all times. In this corner of the booth, the company showed how its MotoActv devices can add to your workout.
The MotoActv is Bluetooth accessory for use when you're exercising. For runs, it tracks your distance, pace, elevation, and time via GPS and a LifeTracker feature measures your daily step count and calories burned. It also syncs via Wi-Fi to a fitness management Web site.
The Motorola Defy Mini builds on the previously released Motorola Defy. It has a rugged design that can withstand the elements, a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3.2-inch display, social-networking apps, front and rear cameras, and a 1650mAH battery.
The MotoLuxe is 9.8mm thin and sports an attractive 4-inch edge-to-edge display. There's an 8-megapixel camera round back with a second front-facing shooter for video calls. The handset also comes in black.