When you’re a product reviewed, conferences are a little like Christmas. Some might even go so far as to say these conferences — the just-around-the-corner Mobile World Congress and the just-past CES — are the best kind of Christmas, with loads of new products shown for release this year, and then some.

Take CES, for example. The last time this writer went was back in 2013, and boy did he have his mind blown: halls upon halls upon halls of products and companies and gadgets and stuff. Just so much stuff.

And just when you think you’ve gone through it all, ticking the boxes off and saying “yup, I’ve just about covered it”, you realise there are actually three more halls for you to wander through and a grand total of two days to do it in.

Fortunately, Mobile World Congress is a little smaller.


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The name kind of gives everything away for what this is, because while CES — formerly the “Consumer Electronics Show” is about every possible aspect of consumer electronics as well as automotive technologies — Mobile World Congress or “MWC” is about phones, tablets, wearables, and how these devices talk to the world wide web.

This conference an expo is about communication, and the gadgets we rely on to make this happen.

Within the next few days, you can expect new products being announced from the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Motorola, Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo, Alcatel and quite a few others.