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Sony Xperia Z2 or Samsung Galaxy S5? The 5 best devices of MWC revealed

This year's iteration of Mobile World Congress was one of the most memorable to date, with big name manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, and Nokia all opting to launch exciting new devices. We've duly rounded up our top five gadgets from the show - these are the MWC 2014 debutants really worth keeping an eye peeled for in the near future.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung enjoyed a mercurial return to MWC this year, launching its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at an exclusive fringe event in Barcelona. Stealing the show for many, the S5 packs a bevy of high-end specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, 16-megapixel camera, and a number of intriguing fitness and lifestyle software features. The only downside is that the S5's build quality is still lacking, but this is largely a quibble reserved for smartphone snobs like myself - everyone at MWC this year couldn't stop talking about the new Galaxy smartphone, and for good reason.

Learn more: Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S5

Nokia X

With its eagerly anticipated launch of an Android-based smartphone range, Nokia is going back to its 'brick phone' roots - and that's not a bad thing. The Nokia X line doesn't feature the most stylish devices, nor does it serve up any mind-boggling tech specs. But the devices come at an extremely attractive price point and seem great value for money. For well under £100, you'll soon be able to get a brightly coloured device with a 5-megapixel camera, WVGA display, and unique OS that blends the best of Android and Windows Phone. Death to the brick phone, long live the brick smartphone.

Related: Hands on with the Nokia X

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet

For me, Sony's Xperia Z2 tablet is the standout device at MWC this year, but you have to actually hold it to appreciate the unreal design feat that has been accomplished here. Remember when we all gushed over the iPad Air and its super svelte physique? The Xperia Z2 tablet is even lighter and even thinner, and yes, it's also water-resistant to boot. I won't be throwing away my iPad anytime soon, but this really is one of the funnest tablets I've played with in a long time, with superb aesthetics complemented by a bright and sharp Full HD screen.

Read more: Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z2 tablet

Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone

Sony nailed an impressive double double salvo at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, delivering not one but two of the show's premier devices. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Xperia Z1, the Z2 packs a glut of premium specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 3GB of RAM, a Full HD display, and the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat. Much of the fanfare at MWC this year may have gone the way of Samsung and its Galaxy S5, but that's not to say it should have done - the Xperia Z1 is the handset I'd really want to take home.

Related: Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z2 smartphone

Kazam Tornado2 5.5

Let's hear it for the home side! UK-based Kazam was only founded last year, but the company has already come good on its promise of delivering quality smartphone products that are also affordable.

The Tornado2 5.5 was the pick of the litter for me at MWC this year, coming with an 8-core processor clocked at up to 1.7GHz, 13-megapixel primary camera, and Full HD display.

Elsewhere, there's 2GB of RAM, dual-SIM capacity, and stock Android 4.2 on-board. We know that seeing specs on paper never tells the whole story, but if Kazam launches this device at a mid-range price point as expected, there's some serious market disruption on the horizon.

As it broke: Kazam Tornado2 8-core smartphones unveiled at MWC 2014

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