Mobile World Congress 2011: Top five phones at Mobile World Congress 2011

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With the usual blaze of rumours igniting before the show we were expecting big things from this Mobile World Congress, but which phones really caught our attention?

The hotly anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was joined by Samsung's update to the Galaxy S as well as the world's first 3D smartphone, the LG Optimus 3D.

Top five phones at Mobile World Congress 2011


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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

One of the most eagerly awaited phones of all time, the Xperia Play finally brought the PlayStation to a Sony Ericsson mobile.

Featuring dedicated gaming controls the Play could signal the start of an explosion in mobile gaming, while the PlayStation certification will also give the Play access to a range of games not available on other phones.

The draw back of the Xperia Play is likely to be its price, as we expect it to be free only on high cost contracts of around £35-40 a month, this seems especially high when you consider the fact Sony Ericsson hasn't included the premium features found on its other recent handsets such as the Bravia engine or Exmoor camera sensor.

LG Optimus 3D

With 3D dominating cinema and making its way into our living rooms through TVs, it was just a matter of time until we had the first 3D smartphone, and LG got there first.

Capable of both viewing and recording 3D content with its dual-lens camera, the parallax screen also means you don't need special glasses to watch videos in 3D making it easy view content or share it with others.

The Optimus 3D seemed to handle the 3D content with ease and LG claim that this is because it is the world's most powerful smartphone thanks to its dual-core, dual-channel and dual-memory processor. LG wasn't the only manufacturer at MWC 2011 to lay claim to the title of most powerful phone so we'll wait to test its performance in our labs before we make any comment about that.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung took the opportunity to show off all the latest additions to its Galaxy range, but all eyes were on Samsung's new flagship phone - the Galaxy S II.

While this didn't have any headline grabbing features, it was surprisingly light and thin considering it includes a dual-core processor and other top features. But this lightweight casing is also what gave us second thoughts about the device, as it almost feels too light and not as well built as other phones in its class.

We certainly look forward to getting it in the labs to see if it can recreate the Best Buy grabbing performance of its predecessor the Galaxy S.

HTC ChaCha and Salsa

We've cheated a little here and chosen two phones at once rather than choose between them, but they both make the list for the same feature. Including deep integration and a dedicated button, HTC has built Facebook directly into the phone to make it easier for a user to share their life with their friends.

The special Facebook button changes function according to what the user is doing, for example, if you take a  picture the button will light up and this will allow you to post it straight to Facebook with a single press.

We think it is a very interesting feature and will appeal to a lot of people that want to easily share their experiences, although as HTC hasn't quite finished the software we still haven't seen it in action.

HP Veer

Surrounded by hundreds of full touchscreens of over 4-inches, the Veer stands out as a tiny device but with some impressive features.

About the size of a credit card and as thick as a pack of playing cards it's very pocket friendly, but it still is capable of handling webOS. It is compatible with HP's Touchpad - also announced at MWC 2011 - and will be able to share content with the tablet by touching the devices together and both devices can support wireless charging.

Available in the spring, the Veer contains an 800MHz processor and 5Mp camera.