A selection of Allview devices.
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BARCELONA: Although most manufacturers were focused on smartphones at this year's Mobile World Congress - and we've seen some amazing ones, such as the HTC One X or the LG Optimus 4X HD - there was no shortage of tablets in Barcelona.
The problem with tablets, of course, is that they all look the same, so some manufacturers tried to ruffle things a little bit. Fujitsu showed a waterproof tablet, for example, while LG introduce an smartphone/tablet hybrid called the Optimus Vu, featuring a 5-inch screen with an unusual 4:3 aspect ratio.
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However, this year's conference - perhaps more than ever - showed that, when it comes to smartphones and tablets, it's what's on the inside that counts. With most major manufacturers having access to similar technology, such as Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip, it's the software and the apps that make the difference.
There's another interesting point that I've argued during the conversations with the journalists and the developers at the MWC - the simplicity of today's smartphones and tablets may be a good thing, as it makes manufacturers focus on the details. Having a device that's just a little lighter than the others, or is slightly better built makes a difference, which ultimately results in very polished, almost perfect smartphones and tablets.
We've created a gallery of the tablets we've encountered at the Mobile World Congress this year. Now that the iPad 3 is around the corner, we'll soon find how well these stack up to the current king of the tablet market.
This story originally published on Mashable here.