At MWC 2019, a reminder that first isn’t always best

The future of mobile is here – or, at least, it’s here in prototype form, or behind glass, or as promising roadmap with little to show for it today. Mobile World Congress 2019 isn’t immune to trade show hype, and this year there’s a double-whammy of 5G and foldable phones to stoke expectations.

If there’s one thing to take away from the Barcelona blow-out, though, it’s probably not that there should be a folding 5G phone-tablet in your pocket. Instead, it’s that being “first” doesn’t always mean you’re the “best” and that, for consumers and companies alike, there are some pitfalls ahead if you get caught up in the hype.

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