Sometime last year when the BenQ P50 was first announced a lot of geeks got all weak in the knees. It’s a pocket PC phone with the same form factor as the Treo (sans antenna) and packs the punch with features: Bluetooth, Wifi, 64MB of RAM, 64MB of ROM, 1.3MP camera, and of course the QWERTY thumboard for all your email needs. The big news today is that the P50 has gotten FCC approval meaning a US carrier might actually bring the thing out. The downside to this is that nobody is really that excited about it anymore. It’s too late to be a Treo 650 contender, only has GPRS (no UMTS or even EDGE), and 320x240 screens are a dime a dozen now. Over at Gear Live we are still a little excited about it, but now there are so many more exciting phones to drool over that the P50 just seems to fade into the too little too late category.
AppleInsider is reporting that the phone pictured could be the Motorola iTunes phone that we told you about here. While it hasn’t been confirmed to be the phone in question, reliable sources have confirmed the mostly-unedited image did originate from Motorola company documents dated this month. Black is the last color in the world I would have expected for something bearing the Apple name, and it does seem a bit bulky, but it may just be a mock up and not resemble the final product at all. Only time will tell, and hopefully July 7th will give us a better picture, if not sooner.
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July 1st seems to be the day that Cingular will officially make the Motorola RAZR black edition available to the masses. Apparently the price will be the same as the regular RAZR(around $199.99), and they’ll even let you personalize it by engraving your name on the battery cover. 2 weeks ago I would have been excited about this since I absolutely love the black RAZR, but 2 weeks ago I bought a RAZR and it’s seems I’m now stuck with it- the word is that Cingular customers won’t be able to get the phone on their current account, meaning only new customers can get this black beauty. Say it ain’t so…
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Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman and co-founder of the MIT Media Lab announced to the World Economic Forum the most recent plans of the lab: a research initiative to develop a $100 laptop computer, with a 12” one megapixel screen, 1GB hard drive, and 500Mhz processor. Other features include some sort of innovative power (possibly wind-up), a plethora of USB ports, and a ruggedized exterior to stand up to the elements in harsher climates. The machines will be WiFi enabled, and have GSM cell phone connectivity as well.
So the Motorola “RAZRberry” rumors have turned out to be true. Details have come forth of Motorola’s Magneto powered smart-phone with a QWERTY keyboard and 1.3 MP camera. The device is codenamed ‘Franklin’. The phone will feature an EDGE connection (what, no UMTS?!) and 128 MB of ram for all your data intensive needs.
If you think your cell phone’s version of Tetris is tiring you out, ID software has recruited Bare Naked productions to release their famous FPS Quake on the “next gen” mobile phone. Using new 3D technology, these phones will continue to impress us and impede everything we should be doing.
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Although there has been a lot of debate about whether or not the Motorola iTunes phone would ever see the light of day, it now seems that we are closer to an actual ship date. Mark Sue, an analyst with RBC Markets, claims that “Motorola’s iTunes phones are now ready to ship according to our sources, with Apple working out the final details with Cingular for revenue sharing.” This could just be more speculation about the first iTunes phone, but Sue believes that Motorola ended last quarter on a high note (due in part to the fact that 3.5 million RAZR phones have been sold) and that releasing the new phone could only continue to raise Motorola’s sales as the next quarter passes.
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So it looks like Motorola has come out an upped the ante for sleek sexy bluetooth headsets. They have announced a RAZR styled H3 headset that will come out in a sleek black package. They are also announcing the H700 and the H300, two other small headsets with either a boom mike style or an over the ear clip and radically different styling. It’s interesting how bluetooth headsets are fast becoming fashion statement of tomorrow like cellphones are now. I’ve reviewed Motorola headsets before and found their sound quality to be quite good so I’m eagerly looking forward to having a chance to check this one out in all its infinite smallness.
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Despite being pilloried in both the press and gaming communities, the Nokia N-Gage QD is a great (and most importantly, cheap) smartphone. At E3, Nokia unveiled some accessories that look to improve the platform, including the problem of having a smartphone platform where the expandable storage and game cards use the same slot. These new add-ons are all due in the second half of the year.
Unfortunately, each accessory has some strange drawback or flaw, and perhaps shows that the N-Gage just isn’t fully up to the task of being what Nokia envisions the platform as. Let’s take a look at what they’ve come up with.
PT from MAKEzine and FlashEnabled has put together a mini-review of Spark Fun’s new rotary mobile phone. I’ve seen some hack projects similar to this, but this is the first commercially available one we’ve come across. I really do miss the old fashioned phones, and once a handset like this comes out that’s a bit cheaper I’ll go buy one for my desk at work. Ideally someone will make a commercially available Bluetooth version of this so it can just act as a headset for the mobile phone left in my bag.
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