Our 5 Favorite Phones from Mobile World Congress

MWC 2012 - Top 5 Phones

Mobile World Congress is still going on, but most of the major phone and tablet announcements have already been made. Some phones had quad-core processors, some have huge displays, some will only launch in emerging markets while others will launch as flagship powerhouses. But just to name a few that stood out to me, I present to you a list of my favorite 5 phones from Mobile World Congress so far:

Asus PadFone

ASUS PadFone

Is it a laptop, a smartphone or a tablet? Well, it’s actually a bit of all three. The Asus PadFone, with the optional PadFone Station and PadFone Station Dock keyboard, can easily be transformed into a touchscreen laptop running Android 4.0. The phone itself is a true beauty — it’s sleek and slim, powerful, and has a beautiful Super AMOLED display with a qHD resolution. We’re not sure when it’s going to launch in the United States, but this is definitely one that’s at the top of our must buy list.

Nokia Lumia 900

Nokia Lumia 900

What can I say? I’m madly in love with this phone. It was originally announced during CES for AT&T, but Nokia also revealed during MWC that it will launch the Windows Phone powerhouse globally. It packs an 8-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, an AMOLED Nokia ClearBlack display, great battery life and perhaps one of the sexiest industrial builds available today. Plus, it’s available in cyan, which really makes it stand out against all of those gray and black phones out there. And yes, since you were wondering, I hope Nokia launches a magenta version, too.

LG Optimus 4X HD

LG Optimus 4X HD

Woooweeee this thing flies! It’s powered by NVIDIA’s brand new quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and has an incredible screen. It screamed through applications and offers among the highest-end specs available on a smartphone today, including an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p HD video, a 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat, a large 2,150mAh battery and 1GB of RAM. Plus, since it offers its own graphics processing unit (GPU), I’m expecting some amazing games for the phone.



The One X marks yet another quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 announcement during Mobile World Congress and it’s easily one of the most feature packed and beautiful phones on display at the show. The best news? AT&T has already announced it will offer the phone, too. Other features include an 8-megapixel camera that can snap photos in just 0.7 seconds and record HD video, an insanely awesome 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display with an 1280 x 720-pixel resolution and a machined polycarbonate casing that’s scratch resistant. It doesn’t get any more awesome than this.

Sony Xperia U

Sony Xperia Ua

Yes, I know the Xperia P is much more powerful and offers an aluminum unibody design, but I’m head-over-heels for the Xperia U and its unique lighting system. The device has a small bar just below the screen that changes colors depending on who is calling, when new text messages arrive and more. It reminds us a ton of the old Nokia 3220 and its side-lighting system. It also offers a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 3.5-inch Reality Display, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video and more. Those looking for a bit more power will want to check out the Xperia P, but the lighting bar really has me lusting over the Xperia U.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...