Welcome to the Mobile World Congress 2014
If you’re getting sick of people looking at their phones while you’re trying to talk to them, then steer clear of Barcelona this week. The Mobile World Congress has begun and it’ll probably be more irritating than a Dom Joly sketch.
But the MWC is a big deal for companies rolling out their new toys, and today sees the unveiling of the waterproof Sony Xperia Z2, with an 5.2inch HD display and Android KitKat software (Mmmm, Kit Kats.)
There are also a lot of wearables, smart watches and health monitoring bands that look like really lame Swatches, and tons of ‘phablets’ – a really annoying word that makes me want to kick a hole in the wall.
And the other big news today is that finally, Nokia has woken up to the 21st Century and actually designed a phone that runs Android, rather than the woeful Windows. Hurray!
But unfortunately, the Nokia X is a bit crap and clunky and has an interface like one of those plastic cracker puzzles where you move the tiles around. It looks cheap because it is – retailing at around 90 euros. And it doesn't even run Google Play.
Later on, there’s rumoured to be the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5, and tonight Mark Zuckerberg will be delivering the keynote address. And there’ll be ringtones, finger swiping and demonstrations galore from Glassholes in casual shirts. For the next 4 days.
Which is all very well. But does anyone have a battery for an Ericsson?