We weren't expecting to see Samsung's eagerly anticipated Galaxy S4 in Barcelona - we'll be at the S4's unveiling on March 14 - so we contented ourselves by spending some quality time with the Samsung Galaxy Fame, the Samsung Galaxy Grand, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Young.

The Fame (Faaaaaaaaaame!) won't light up the sky like a flame, but as a budget phone it could sell bucketloads, while the Samsung Galaxy Grand is like a Galaxy Note 2 only cheaper and with somewhat underwhelming specs.

The Xcover 2 is the successor to Samsung's rugged Xcover, and it's a tough, attractive next-gen smartphone that you can drop, dunk in water and generally mistreat.

And finally, the Galaxy Young is probably aimed at young people or it would have been called the Samsung Galaxy Grown-Up, or the Galaxy Granny. It's similar to the Fame but it chips away at some of the specs in order to drive the price down further.

Hit the links below for our hands-on reviews from the Samsung stand.

Sony at MWC 2013

We were impressed with the Sony Xperia Z phone when we recently reviewed it and so we were delighted to see Sony break out the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, a 10.1-inch device which is very capable of taking on the likes of the iPad and Galaxy Tabs on both specs and price.

Sony Experia Tablet Z
Media is a strong point of the Experia Tablet Z

As Gareth Beavis writes in our hands on review: "Sony is going all out with the bigger brother to the Xperia Z, offering a host of top end specs to convince iPad and Nexus lovers to look again.

"It's got pretty much everything you could want on an Android tablet these days, starting with a pretty up-to-date version of the OS (Android 4.1.2) and a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core chip, clocked at 1.5GHz."

So should you buy one? Head over to our Hands on: Sony Xperia Tablet Z review to get our early verdict.

ZTE at MWC

Phones are still getting bigger, it seems, and ZTE dragged its behemoth ZTE Grand Memo to Barcelona for us to get some hands on time with.

It comes in at the top of the ZTE range, and features 5.7-inch, 1280 x 720 HD resolution display with a big chunk of bezel above and below the screen to make the handset even larger.

Get our first impressions of this supersized handset in our Hands on: ZTE Grand Memo review.

ZTE Grand Memo
We're becoming spoilt for choice in the phablet market