The best of 3GSM, Barcelona

Last week in Barcelona was the world showcase for new mobile phones. Here is a collection of handsets that interested us the most (warning – not all will be available in Australia).

Samsung Adds Soul to Its Line-up
You can't go anywhere at the Mobile World Congress without seeing huge banners touting Samsung's Soul, the undisputed star of the company's line-up. Checking in at an eyelash over half an inch thick, this super-slim metallic HSDPA (the fast 7.2-megabit-per-second variant) slider phone has a 2.2-inch display with simple icons showing its applications – controls on the a haptics-enhanced OLED navigation touchpad below the display change depending on application. The Soul also packs a 5-megapixel camera with face detection and image stabilisation technology, as well as Bang & Olufsen ICEpower amplification for music playback. Australians will have to wait for this one (along with the others we particularly liked): it debuts in Europe in spring.

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