Mobile World Congress 2014 has now come to an end, after 28 miles of walking distance covered between the show booths to check out some of the world’s cutting-edge technology. We met with product managers, CEOs and other tech journalists, and here are the pick of the amazing gadgets and technology we saw.
1. Huawei Media Pad X1
Whilst other manufacturers are still trying to decide on the best dimensions for their tablets, Huawei has decided to introduce their new 7-inch device – and it packs a punch.
With 2GB RAM, 1.6 GHz Quad core processor and a sharp, 1920×1200 pixel resolution display it’s certainly powerful, but what really sells the Media Pad is the battery. Under the aluminum shell is a 5000mAh power cell which also supports reverse-charging, so that you can use it to power up your smartphone on the move.
2. OlloClip 4-in-1 Lens for the iPad Air and iPad Mini
Following from the successful lens kit for the iPhone, OlloClip is hoping to win over iPad users to its family of lenses with the launch of a 4-in-1 lens kit for the iPad Air and iPad mini. It is still in its prototype stages but will be available to buy very soon. It will offer the fisheye, wide angle, 10x macro and 15x macro lenses to help improve and make your pictures stand out on social media platforms.
3. Samsung Gear Fit
Samsung hopes to improve on its original Galaxy Gear device with some new features, butwhat really stood out is the new Galaxy Gear Fit. This product is aimed not only at the geek who wants wearable tech, but also at users who want something that can track their healthy lifestyle – as well as something small, light and customisable.
The Gear fit comes with a HR sensor, which is capable of reading your heart rate and recording the BPM to show how hard you are working. It still lacks support for third-party Android devices from the likes of Sony or HTC, meaning you still need to have a supported Galaxy smartphone. The design is what sets it apart from the rest, though there’s still no option to change the watchstraps, and there is no camera present.
4. Sony SmartBand SWR10
Sony continued their efforts in the wearable tech business with the new SmartBand. Itproved a popular item with show attendees – especially as it comes in a variety of colours to suit everyone’s tastes. If the colour doesn’t do it for you, you can go for the designer models.
Besides the light, slick design, it is capable of recording or logging your daily activities beyond just the amount of steps taken, and it’s intelligent enough to see how fast you go too. The SmartBand can even track your sleeping pattern and keep a trend over time. It also links up well with Sony’s LifeLog app using Bluetooth or NFC.
5. PanzerGlass Screen Protector
PanzerGlass is a 0.4 mm-thin, chip-resistant glass screen protector that weighs just 7 grams; it offers better protection for your smartphone screen than a plastic screen protector can offer.
As it’s made of glass, it supports your current touchscreen so it will continue to work as normal – and if you have Apple’s iPhone 5s you don’t have to worry about your Touch ID as it supports that too. It has an oleophobic coating so it doesn’t gather oil on screen from sweaty fingers and continuous usage like playing games.
6. Oral B Smart Toothbrush
We have seen smartwatches, smart bands and it was only a matter of time before we were going to see an array of smart gadgets in the area of grooming and hygienic wellbeing.
Oral B’s Smart Toothbrush is certainly not the first of its kind, but when it’s designed by one of the biggest toothbrush makers in the world it is definitely worth a mention. It offers Bluetooth connectivity to the Oral B app, lets you record how long you brush your teeth for, and to top it off it also allows your dentist to check up on how you are doing during your regular appointments.
7. . Sony Xperia Z2
With so many Android smartphones on the market, you might struggle to find the perfect one for your needs. How about a device that seems to have something for everyone? The Xperia Z2 is water and dust proof and comes with improvements in both display and camera, inclduing the capability to record 4K High Resolution videos. What we also found useful is the latest camera UI, with the option to shoot in slow motion – something Sony calls TimeShift Video. We already had some hands on time with the Xperia Z2, and you can take a look at our video review below.
8. Omate Truesmart
Omate’s Truesmart watch is certainly true to its name. The successful kickstarter project is a testament to how far smart watches have come, and shows that demand is high for integrated wearable tech. Even as a stand-alone product it is impressive, with it being capable of running on its own SIM card, allowing you to make and receive phone calls.
It has a camera on the right side, meaning it retains the classic design of conventional watches. It runs on a re-skinned Android KitKat OS that has been toned down to support the processor and RAM, and maintains decent battery life
9. Mirror link
Smartphones are now even more integrated with our everyday lives, and therefore it would seemingly make sense for them to be integrated into other tech that we use. Thanks to MirrorLink, we are one step closer to being able to seamlessly switch between home, car and work through our mobile phones.
The guys over at QNX and Qualcomm are working together to create MirrorLink, which was showcased here at MWC in a Mercedes Benz CLA AMG, and allows you to connect your smartphone to your car. The mirror image of your smartphone screen on your car’s display allows you to take full control over the phone’s interface and functionality. No release date was given, however it is worth keeping an eye on this in the near future.
10. Nuevue Self-cleaning case
Nuevue’s self-cleaning case does exactly what it says on the tin. Every time you pull your phone out of the classy case, you apply a slight bit of pressure and the phone’s screen comes out looking brand new. In the process, it takes care of the smudges, and kills 99.9% of bacteria.
Nuevue’s iPhone case is available in cotton twill, leather & canvas, as well as 30 stylish colours and lined with microfibre cloth for the cleaning process.
It has been another huge and successful year for the world of mobile, gadgets and technology. Wearable technology arguably stole the show with major manufacturers showing off their products. The examples of connected homes, flagship smartphones, tablets and many more only added to all of the excitement. We‘ve only just scratched the surface with our top ten list, but nonetheless we hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage and here’s hoping for an even better MWC in 2015 and beyond.