Mobile and Wireless: Sony, Motorola, Panasonic Offering Cutting-Edge Smartphones at MWC 2012
BARCELONA, Spain-In the crowded and cutthroat smartphone market, every handset maker strives to find something that will make its product stand out from the dozens of black slates competing for attention at industry shows such as the 2012 Mobile World Congress here. This year, Sony is hoping that providing an enhanced multimedia experience will be that distinguishing feature. The tech giant is hoping for success with its Xperia line of phones, which feature xLoud and Sony 3D surround sound audio technology integrated into the music player. Users can also stream music from their Xperia U to wireless speakers using Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) technology. Other manufacturers are taking pains to protect their customers' investments with tough materials and technologies such as scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, featured on the Motorola Defy Mini and Fujitsu's ultra-slim smartphone. Fujitsu, Motorola and Panasonic also added waterproofing to their handsets, part of a process known as "life-proofing." If you're one of the more media-savvy (or accident-prone) tech enthusiasts, one of these high-tech smartphones may be your best bet.