While it’s the major product announcements – like Nokia’s Lumia 520 and 720 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 – that generate the big headlines at Mobile World Congress, an enormous part of the event is comprised of companies large and small showing off their products and services on show stands throughout the enormous Fira Gran Via centre.
Nokia has a pretty large stand here at MWC, where visitors can find out more about the company’s products, where media can enjoy a time-out in the sprawling lounge area, and where there’s an enormous amount of enthusiasm about the company’s portfolio of Windows Phone handsets.
Scattered throughout the Fira Gran Via, visitors will find signs encouraging them to "come dance with" Nokia on their stand in Hall 3 of the sprawling complex. Sadly, during my numerous visits to the Nokia zone, there was never any sign of dancing...
...but this rather cheerful fellow offered a warm welcome with free cookies. Well, as long as I downloaded the new Oreo Skies app for Windows Phone. Mmm cookies.
The main attraction on the Nokia stand is of course the Lumia range – and throughout each day of MWC, visitors have been eagerly lining up to try out the company"s full family of Windows Phone 8 devices.
For those new to Lumia, the company has been highlighting some of the features that it hopes will appeal to consumers, such as the various apps available from Nokia and its partners...
...and the various imaging features, such as Carl Zeiss optics and Windows Phone camera Lenses, that are included in Nokia handsets.
Visitors to the stand have also been offered 3D-printed custom covers for the Lumia 820, and could watch their cover being made in front of them.
The press and analysts lounge was, of course, the best part of the stand for those of us in the media – with complementary refreshments, big comfortable sofas...
...and enormous Fatboy beanbags which I tried and failed to steal. Damn those security guards.