First, it was the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in the 1990s and early 2000s. Then came the CTIA (Cellular Telephone Industry Association) Show. Recently, it seems like the Mobile Congress Show in Barcelona Spain has become the big one. This week, many of the leading manufacturers launched new models.
Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 EDGE look pretty awesome. The Waterproof feature from the S5 has returned. This device comes standard with 32GB RAM which is double that of the standard iPhone. More significantly though, you can add memory with the removable MicroSD slot, also back from the S5 model. Samsung is also pushing virtual reality. T-Mobile is even taking S7 preorders and offering a FREE Virtual reality accessory.
LG introduced the LG G5 which is an interesting device that includes modules. It's not quite as simple as the "Project Ara" module phone project but it allows usage of the peripherals in the above picture which includes a 360 degree camera and a few other goodies.
How about sneakers for your kids with GPS and Geo-Fencing? As kids lose just about everything else, they usually come home with their shoes.
There's even a new ruggedized SmartPhone with an infrared camera that can detect and shoot heat sources. This may be the ultimate device for electricians, plumbers & those in the heating industry.
We have our water purified, why not our wifi. Keezel has come out with a product that makes it safe to use public wifi by encrypting it for you.
There was a very cool new Windows 10 5" LUMIA 650 model with an aluminum casing for under $200, and an amazing SONY X Professional SmartPhone that is waterproof with an amazing camera. We will cover more products as they are released...
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.