Best phones of MWC 2011: PhoneArena's pick

Best phones of MWC 2011: PhoneArena's pick

This year's Mobile World Congress didn't bring any surprising innovations but rather even more of the touchscreen Android hype. Almost every manufacturer showed a smartphone with some version of Android in it and tablets were hardly an exception. Phones are still the most common pocketable gadgets, but with so many similar handsets out there you might be wondering which one you should choose. Well, we hand-picked the finest phones of the congress, so you don't get lost in the countless announcements!

But before we start, we have to mention that much of the show was stolen by Friday's Nokia Windows Phone 7 adoption announcement. This meant no new phones by Nokia at the show and practically an idle year in terms of new devices for the biggest phone maker in the world! With that in mind, let's skip to the best phones of MWC 2011:

1. Samsung Galaxy S II – first comes the Samsung Galaxy S II. Posters of the handset were all around the place and deservedly so – Sammy's first dual-core offering builds on the success of the super successful Galaxy S. But this time with a bigger screen and even sleeker body as the phone will probably be one of the thinnest on the market!

2. LG Optimus 3D – the LG Optimus 3D cracked the benchmarks with its dual-core dual-channel architecture and got the second place. In addition, glasses-free 3D still feels surreal. We think it is still a niche offering, but more and more people will consider the additional dimension and all the possibilities it offers.

3. Sony Ericsson XPERIA Play – Sony Ericsson made a couple of interesting announcements, but undoubtedly the XPERIA Play was the focus of all attention. The PlayStation Certified handset showed its gaming power and we loved it. The controllers were very comfortable with a very distinct clicking feel. With 50 tailor-made titles available on launch, this handset will certainly end up in many gamers' pockets.

4. HTC Incredible S – HTC's offerings at MWC didn't break ground as the announced devices didn't have the punchy words “dual-core” in their spec sheets. But nevertheless this update of HTC's lineup is welcome as it adds more power and style to the Android lineup with its 1GHz Qualcomm CPU and intriguing “Inside out” design.

Special credit goes to:

- HP Pre 3 – it was announced a couple of days before the start of the Mobile World Congress and that's the main reason why it's not in our list. But we couldn't help but mention the new Pre, one of the most exciting debuts this year. WebOS looks gorgeous on a 3.6-inch screen and with even bigger keyboard, this little gem could be HP's opportunity to build on Palm's fame and enter the smartphone market. The only downer – you'll have to wait for it until this Summer.



1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Xperia Play will be a hit. Gamers are a true, unappreciated segment of the smart phone market. Most of the criticisms of this phone seem to revolve around the use of games already available to other devices, but those that love to pass time with games will give this a chance on pure gratitude someone was listening to their needs. Bet it is still a home run. Like the tech stats on LG 3D offering, but 3D is a dig it or you don't market. Not sure how big of an audience it will garner. Samsung Galaxy S II and HTC Incredible are both deservedly sure hits. I am pulling for the Pre 3. Never had a chance to really play around with a WebOS device, looking foreword to giving it a shot.

4. cheetah2k

Posts: 2221; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The Xperia Play will probably be a hit, but predominantly in Asia. The unfortunate thing about this gaming phone is that its made by Sony Ericsson - meaning handset quality, OS updates, fixes, warranty & support will be at rock bottom dumb end of the satisfaction scale. Really, the big question here is with the Galaxy S II. Which markets will get Tegra II CPU, and which markets will get the new Exynos CPU??. Samsung is yet to decide, and while the Exynos is behind in the benchmarks, I'd rather get my hands on the Tegra II handset - especially when Nvidia has been working hard with the gaming developers with Tegra II optimisations. The Tegra II handsets seem to be pulling better benchmarks than the Exynos too, but that could be for a number of reasons (eg LG have used dual channel architecture).

2. Alex unregistered

So what about us carriers? already decided? I really need new Spring phone.. I hope Optimus 3D one..

3. Thomas Flowerchild unregistered

Dear Phonearena. I read at so many places that the Altek A14 Leo would be at MWC, you know, that phone with Android, 14 Megapixel camera and 3x OPTICAL ZOOM!! Looks like an amazing smartphone, but I don't know if I can trust an pretty unknown brand. That's why I was looking forward to finding out much more about this phone, but now MWC is ended and I can't find anything about this phone?? Does someone know more please? Thank you very much!

5. AMora unregistered

Good choices by PhoneArena

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