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I’m NOT In Barcelona

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Let me be clear: I’m not in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress.

But I wish I was.

Not because I wanted to attend MWC. That’s just a side benefit to actually being in Barcelona.

Gaudi, the great Estrella beer and tapas, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona football…shall I go on?

If you ARE in Barcelona and you don’t sneak out of the trade show to check out some of that Catalonian goodness…well, you missed the whole point.

So what’s the big news from MWC this year if you’re following from afar instead of sitting at some nice tapas bar close to the Mediterranean?

Well that’s just it, there doesn’t seem to be much.

5G is still said to be 3-4 years away at best.

Nokia’s reintroduced its Nokia 3310, a feature phone throwback to September of 2000, and also a Nokia 6 Android-based smartphone that is basically yawn-worthy.

If you can’t afford to drive a Porsche, fear not, you can drive their new convertible. Convertible as in two-in-one laptop, made of milled aluminum and a hinge that can rotate 360 degrees.

Does this qualify for the mobile world jumping the shark? Porsche diversifying away from high end sports cars and now making computer convertibles??

Oh yeah, BlackBerry’s back. Kind of.

It has a new model, the BlackBerry KeyOne, made by TCL, a Chinese company, running Android 7.1.1. Diehards will love the physical keyboard, but probably not much else.

Yeah, sounds like I’m not missing much at this year’s MWC.

Save for the tapas.

Written by turbotodd

March 1, 2017 at 9:55 am

Posted in 2017, barcelona, mobile world congress

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