February each year, for one week, the entire mobile phone industry camps out in the tapas bars of Barcelona.
Occasionally, some people might stray into the Mobile World Congress, a magnificent event in which the likes of Microsoft, Nokia and Research in Motion try to convince us that the products they showed us last year are somehow newer and shinier this year.
Those sober enough to make it to RIM’s developer event on Monday were treated to a free PlayBook each. Meanwhile, Nokia had a beach party. The Far Eastern companies, like Samsung and LG, were less imaginative. Rather than trying to disguise their lack of innovation with cunning free gadgets and liquor, they actually had some new products. “Phablets” are all the rage. Not quite a phone and not quite a tablet, a phablet is, essentially, a very, very big phone. Samsung’s Galaxy Note has a 5.3 inch screen (compare to 3.5 inches on the iPhone). Some of you will be glad to know that the stylus is back. Sorry, I mean “S-Pen”.
Here at eSAY, we’re dedicated followers of fashion, so expect to see WorkMobile on the PlayBook real soon, and optimized for tablet and phablet Android devices later this year. Now, if you’ll excuse me, these patatas bravas won’t eat themselves…
Graham (Senior Developer)