Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

The historical home of yearly mobile excess: Plaça d'Espanya in Barcelona

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2012 — When we shuffle from meeting to product demo to boozy party it’s easy to forget what a weird place the yearly Mobile World Congress is. Tens of thousands of attendees flood Barcelona’s hotels and commandeer its taxis, while companies from tiny to huge spend a fortune to sell and promote their wares.

As Ferris Bueller might say, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it. Here’s a quick look at the best, worst and weirdest of this year’s show.

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Look anywhere and you'll see buzzwords and meaningless phrases. And just think: somebody thought these things up

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Not every stand was fully buzzword compliant. Golla's case display look more like a cool high-street clothing store

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

An Ice Cream Sandwich-shaped ice-cream sandwich. And an iPhone

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

The Android pavilion was turned into a giant playground for adults

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

If you want to see grown men and women sliding down an enclosed chute, then Mobile World Congress is the place to be

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

This is the last Android photo, I promise. This wall pulsed, flashed and otherwise freaked people out

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

The Big O. Opera keeps coming back. We wonder how it affords a booth

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

This is the Spare One, an emergency phone with no display that runs on an AA battery. It will remain dormant for 15 years, and I bought one for 40 Euros

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

QR codes were everywhere, prompting me to scream 'just give me a damn URL' every time I saw one

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Samsun'g Galaxy Note practically force-fed us paint and pictures

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Ones and zeros. All I see now is blonde, brunette, redhead...

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

LG's 4:3 Optimus Vu is as huge and ridiculous as you'd expect

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Clearly, if Android phones continue to grow, they'll end up looking like this

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Microsoft was offering €100 if your phone was faster than its phone. Apparently Steve Ballmer will have to take a salary cut this year to pay for it all

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Amidst a dearth of anything interesting, at least the schwag is getting better: These snap around your wrist to make a nerdy bracelet

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

LG's 3-D showreels were't exactly subtle. One even featured a pole vaulter running at the camera

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Pegasus. Made from phone screens

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Where would a trade show be without booth babes and... Batman and Batwoman?

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Intel decided to distract us from the Ivy Bridge delays with colorful flashing lights

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

It's not just the big names that come to Barcelona. Shenghe, anyone?

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Mouth detection? I don't even want to ask

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

A public transport strike planned for the duration of Mobile World Congress was canceled. It would have made no difference, as everybody gets around by taxi

Artists, Batman, and Real Ice-Cream Sandwiches: Mobile World Congress In Pictures [Gallery]

Nothing's better than a beer at the end of a long day. Unless it's Budweiser that has been left in the sun

  • Ross McDonagh

    I see Google outdid themselves with their Android Booth again… Trying to make up for the fact that their OS wasn’t made to be a touch OS and is choppy and pretty much terrible at everything… Particularly BATTERY life-I mean COME ON-they had to name a phone the DROID CHARGE for crying out loud!! 

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