IFA day two round-up

With most of the big guns having fired their tech weapons yesterday, IFA day two seemed like a fairly relaxed proposition when we hit the show ear

With most of the big guns having fired their tech weapons yesterday, IFA day two seemed like a fairly relaxed proposition when we hit the show early this morning, Eee PCs under our arms. Oh how wrong we were. It seems that the entire population of east Germany had descended on the Messe Berlin and despite the majority of press conferences taking place yesterday, there were still some treats in store.

Our first point of call was the stiflingly hot Samsung stand (we measured and it was officially hotter than the sun) where we were greeted by the new MacBook Air-baiting X360. Sounds like a Microsoft games console, looks like a real challenger to Apple's super-slim lappy and Toshiba's R500. Residing mere metres away was also Sammy's newest MP3 player, the Q1, sporting a diamond-shaped touch sensitive navi pad and Walkman-esque menus.

It was also time to get up close and personal with some of yesterday's newly announced tech. Particularly pleasing were Sony's skinny Bravia, Philips' wall-dwelling Essence telly and, on first impressions, LG's new netbook.

But before too long it was time to join the masses and tread the floors of the show searching for the next big thing. And did we find it? In a word: no. There was nothing coming out of leftfield that blew our tiny gadget-loving minds, certainly not WiBrain's lime green Atari Lynx-alike UMPC. Oh well, we'll just have to make do with the sackload of great new stuff we have seen - and so will you, when next week's vidcast goes live with hands-on videos of all the best kit from IFA 2008.