Poll results: Which phones from MWC 2015 did you like the most?

Surprisingly enough, people seem to prefer the One M9 before the Galaxy S6, but if we lump the S6 and S6 edge together, then they beat the new HTC flagship by a large margin. Also somewhat surprisingly, given the Lenovo Vibe Shot specs, looks and price tag, it was the Xperia M4 Aqua that won the hearts of value-for-money midrange aficionados, though this might be explained with the popularity of Sony's branding, too. In the entry level category, it was Microsoft's Lumia 640 XL that earned the accolades, with the Lumia 640 taking second place, followed by Lenovo's A7000 as a close third...

Mar 09, 2015, 6:02 AM,  by Daniel P.,  11 comments
Acer Liquid Jade Z hands-on: mid-range hardware and LTE for 199 euro

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Mar 08, 2015, 6:30 PM,  by Nick T.,  1 comment
Acer Liquid Leap+ smart fitness band hands-on

Acer recently broadened its product portfolio with the addition of a fitness band, the Liquid Leap, and at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, we got to see a refined model of it, the Acer Liquid Leap+. Using its sensors, the latter does all that a product of this category should. It counts the number of steps you've made, it calculates the calories you've burned, it monitors your sleep behavior, and so on...

Mar 08, 2015, 6:29 PM,  by Nick T.,  3 comments
Acer Liquid Z520 hands-on: large screen meets low price point

There aren't many Android phones that can offer a large screen at a low price. This is the goal Acer's aiming at with the Liquid Z520 – a 109-euro ($118) phone packing a 5-incher at its front. But what do you actually get for this kind of money?...

Mar 08, 2015, 6:29 PM,  by Nick T.,  0 comments
We tested the HTC Vive virtual reality headset and it was awesome

Virtual reality is once again a hot topic across the tech industry. Has the prime time for mainstream virtual reality entertainment finally arrived? HTC seems to think so. At MWC 2015, we witnessed the announcement of the Vive VR headset, which HTC has been developing in collaboration with Valve. Needless to say, we did not miss the opportunity to give it a try when invited, and boy was it a nerdgasmic experience...

Mar 08, 2015, 3:22 PM,  by Nick T.,  13 comments
Microsoft releases MWC "highlight" reel

What's the best way to memorialize a fun trip? Video it, of course. And that is what Microsoft did for its trip to Barcelona for MWC 2015. The video has been posted on social media sites and starts by showing shots of the venue mixed in with Stephen Elop's introduction of the Microsoft Lumiab640 XL. This is a low to mid-range phablet with a 5.7-inch 720 x 1280 resolution screen, powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU...

Mar 07, 2015, 4:41 AM,  by Alan F.,  12 comments
featured Best innovation of MWC 2015: PhoneArena Awards

Mobile World Congress 2015 is officially over, and this calls for a look back at all the exciting announcements to filter out the very best innovation that we were presented with at the largest mobile forum for the year...

Mar 06, 2015, 8:02 AM,  by Victor H.,  16 comments
featured Best smartphones of MWC 2015: PhoneArena Awards

Like they say, time flies when you're having fun. This couldn't be more valid for the few days we spent at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. As much as we wish it wasn't so, we now have to pack our gear and leave Nerdland behind. Before we do that, however, we think we should wrap up our coverage with a list of the best phones we saw at MWC 2015...

Mar 06, 2015, 7:45 AM,  by Nick T.,  16 comments

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Mar 05, 2015, 9:24 AM,  by Chris P.,  19 comments
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poll Which phones from MWC 2015 did you like the most?

The 2015 Mobile World Congress gave its closing arguments already, bringing heaps of new devices to our divided attention, and good news is that among them we have some of the most anticipated phones this year: the Samsung Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, and the HTC One M9. This is why we wanted to ask you which phone from the MWC 2015 you liked the most...

Mar 05, 2015, 7:58 AM,  by Daniel P.,  33 comments
Check out Sony Xperia Z3 running the Android 5.0 Lollipop update (video)

Since your Xperia Z3 is on the list of Sony devices due an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop, it's probably safe to assume that you're running out of patience. Indeed, whenever the company starts seeding the new firmware, it'll likely be too late for it to not rank last in terms of speediness of software updates.

Mar 05, 2015, 2:25 AM,  by Daniel P.,  10 comments
CEO of smartphone manufacturer says carriers are beginning to demand more Windows Phone units to sell

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Mar 04, 2015, 11:55 AM,  by Alan F.,  2 comments
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Mar 04, 2015, 9:46 AM,  by Victor H.,  63 comments
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Two days ago, we showed you how the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M8 fared against each other in Samsung's own low-light box setup (which is actually a small composition within and two holes big enough for a smartphone camera to peek in and take a picture). In that exact test, Samsung asked us not to use any flash and also make use of several different camera modes...

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Fujitsu's iris scanner for smartphones: Hands-on

If you're looking for a way to secure your device but aren't a fan of current generation fingerprint sensor implementations, Fujitsu's new iris scanner, demoed at MWC 2015, might be just what you've been looking for. What the Japanese company had up for shows was just a concept bolt-on-ike accessory that snaps on the top side of phones, but we were told to expect a commercial version of the tech to hit the market sometime in the next year. Take a deep breath, though – the scanner will be housed in the top section of your smartphone, around the front-facing camera, supposedly without adding any extra depth or weight...

Mar 04, 2015, 9:04 AM,  by Chris P.,  19 comments
Samsung Galaxy E7 hands-on: a decent mid-ranger

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Mar 04, 2015, 7:21 AM,  by Ray S.,  11 comments
LG to devise new flagship smartphone positioned above the LG G4 - could the G Pro series make a return?

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Mar 04, 2015, 3:49 AM,  by John V.,  5 comments
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Mar 04, 2015, 3:11 AM,  by John V.,  3 comments
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So, the HTC One M9 has received a brand new, 20 MP main camera (thank you, HTC), but that doesn't mean that UltraPixel is already a thing of the past. Actually, it turns out that the notorious 4 MP UltraPixel technology from the One's previous generations has found new life - one as the front camera of HTC's latest flagship...

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Mar 03, 2015, 11:18 AM,  by Chris P.,  57 comments
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Mar 03, 2015, 10:37 AM,  by Daniel P.,  61 comments
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Mar 03, 2015, 10:34 AM,  by John V.,  13 comments
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Mar 03, 2015, 10:14 AM,  by Chris P.,  5 comments
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