What’s new and exciting in phones and gadgets from MWC? What should you look for in a phone anyway? Vertical Hold Ep 418

What were the fancy new phones and gadgets from MWC 2023? What features are a must-have (or must-avoid) when buying your next new smartphone? Special guests Pickr’s Leigh Stark and Whistleout’s Alex Choros!


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Mobile World Congress, where the world comes together for exciting phone and telecommunications announcements was held this week, and the entire Vertical Hold team…

wasn’t there. For a variety of reasons. But we’re still going to dive deeply into this week’s MWC news, covering new phones, wearables and more from Nokia, Motorola, Lenovo, Huawei, Realme, Telstra and more!

What’s more, we’re giving you direct advice when it comes to buying your new smartphone with our special phone buyer’s guide!

Also… a kissing robot. No, really.

Special guests this week: From Pickr, we’re joined by Leigh Stark, while from Whistleout Australia, we’re joined by Alex Choros!


0:01 Show Intro

3:12 Boost Mobile vs Optus

6:20 New iPhone SE model for 2024?

9:46 Kissing robots — who asked for this?

11:26 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona!

12:00 TCL Phones and Tablets

14:50 Oppo jumps into the foldable space outside of China

17:27 Motorola’s rollable concept RIZR

20:29 Lenovo’s Rollable laptop concept

22:28 Huawei has a watch… has it given up?

25:55 HMD/Nokia goes for repairable mobiles

28:27 Realme’s insane 240W charging phone

32:00 Telstra’s 5G hits 100km range… sort of

34:00 Mobile Phone Buyer’s Guide

41:00 Closing thoughts

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Award-winning Australian technology news podcast Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News dives into the big stories of the week. Joined by Australia’s leading tech journalists every Friday, co-hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture. About/Contact us