Ginny Mies, who thinks there are too many smartphones and users are trapped by their contracts, gives us the run-down on what we can expect out of the big Mobile World Congress show next week. In short: lots of new phone announcements, and lots of phone parts announcements. Like processors and graphics and displays and such. It's mobile phone and tablet overload.

Nate Ralph and Jason Cross also discuss the PlayStation Vita, which is a lovely piece of hardware that simply costs too much and has too expensive games and accessories for the smartphone gaming world we live in.

But they're both looking forward to Windows 8, and can't wait to start running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview that should launch at the end of the month.

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At a Glance
  • When it comes to pure performance, the PlayStation Vita is the best dedicated handheld gaming console you can buy.


    • Rear touchpad works well, permits unique gameplay.
    • Light and durable design with excellent controls.
    • Big, beautiful OLED screen.


    • Onboard 0.3 megapixel cameras are terrible.
    • Middling battery life.
    • Overpriced proprietary memory cards.
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