The SonyEricsson W800 is a bargain even at $500, with an impressive feature set and far better styling than the Motorola ROKR - without tying users to specific software. With all of the major features, it’s the little features that truly impress. Animated menus and Themes are a nice touch, as is the ability to set up recurring alarms for specific days of the week. The phone is SyncML compatible, so it syncs up nicely with most standard software that uses the format. There is a sound recorder, a fully-functional Voice Control, and a decent WAP 2.0 browser. Finally, it’s important to note that the battery life of the W800 is fantastic. It’s possible to go for several days on a single charge with moderate phone and MP3 usage. This is all coming from a battery smaller in size than a CompactFlash card, and is truly amazing. Frequent travelers will be happy to know that you can turn off the radios in the phone and use the MP3 player alone. Check out our full review here.
So, Gear Live reader gstill over on our message board is wondering what the best cell phones out there are right now. We figured we would throw this one out to you guys. What do you feel is hot out there? Furthermore, what should he stay away from? If you can help him out, give him a reply in this thread.
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Nokia and Intellisync announced they signed a definitive agreement for Nokia to acquire Intellisync, a leader in platform-independent wireless messaging and applications for mobile devices. By acquiring Intellisync, Nokia is positioned to deliver the industry’s most complete offering for the development, deployment and management of mobility in the enterprise. Intellisync makes wireless e-mail, synchronisation and device management software and the company supports a wide range of mobile devices. The acquisition may also provide an opening for Nokia to sell to CDMA operators. Nokia’s strongest customer base comes from the GSM community but Intellisync has customers, including Verizon Wireless, in the CDMA market. Read on for the full press release.
My dog Cisco had a bad habit of bolting for it whenever he saw the front door or rear gate opened. This once resulted in my (then 400-pound) father chasing him in the pouring rain down to the canal, waiting for him to stop and subsequently tripping and tackling the dog in a large blaze of glory (and mud), knocking wind out of both dog and man. Thirty minutes before his flight was to leave. Ever since that sordid afternoon, I’ve wondered where Cisco would go if he had free reign and moreover, exactly how long it’d take for him to get killed on the nearby major streets. Now, the GPS PRO Dog collar will let me explore these possibilities with dogs and toddlers alike. Using a SIM card linked to an active GSM account, the location of your dog (or wayward baby) is just a text message away. Call the collar and seconds later, the coordinates are texted back to you. It will run you roughly $1,100, but aren’t the possibilities it presents worth it?
Rounding out the L’Amour Collection is the Nokia 7380 with its etched mirrored surface, and no dialpad interface. This one is the cream of the L’Amour crop, but looks like it would be the most frustrating to use. The phone does also have a 2-megapixel camera with 4x zoom and features voice-dialing - a must on any keyless phone. Nokia states the phone has “enhanced voice commands,” as well as the ability to play MP3 audio. This one will be available in Q1 2006 at the steep price of €500 - but hey, it’s eye candy!
The Nokia 7370 swivels open to reveal its hidden keypad. Patterns are etched its metal trims, and the phone has leather-inspired faceplates. As for real features, the 7370 sports a 1.3-megapixel camera with an 8x zoom, a 2-inch QVGA 320x240 color screen, stereo speakers with 3D sound effects, and video ringtones. The phone is available in two color schemes, coffee brown and warm amber, and should be available in Q1 2006 at €300.
Nokia’s L’Amour Collection is another attempt to capitalize on the Paris Hilton’s and Lindsay Lohan’s of the world, where phone are as much an accessory as they are for communication. The 7360 is the budget model, available in the two signature L’Amour Collection color schemes, coffee brown and warm amber.It’s features include an integrated VGA camera, stereo FM radio, and MP3 ringtone support. This one should be available in Q1 of 2006 at a price of €200.
Good to see Cingular taking action by turning on their HSDPA service in a couple of techno-centric cities. Seattle, WA and Phoeniex, AZ are the first areas to get receive the HSDPA love here in the United States. While no HSDPA phones are available for purchase here in the US just yet, I commend Cingular for taking the leap to show that they are ready to jump into this space. Also nice to see Seattle get first dibs compared to how long it took Verizon to get EV-DO turned on here. Cingular’s new networks were up and running in Seattle and Phoenix using Lucent Technologies and in the Dallas/Fort Worth area using Ericsson equipment. They plan to have the network in up to 20 markets by year’s end, which is also when they would make enabled phones and laptop cards available to consumers.
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We will be covering some very exciting events happening here at DigitalLife 2005 today. Everyone from Microsoft to Nokia is here respresenting their newest and upcoming products, and as such, we wouldn’t want you to miss a beat. Heck, if you’re in town this weekend, stop on by and say hello.
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Motorola CEO Ed Zander is of the mindset that Apple will definitely be releasing their own smart phone. While an “iPhone” has been speculated for some time now, this is the first we have heard it from an industry insider. According to Zander, “We know that they are going to build a smart phone—it’s only a matter of time.” How much time is what we want to know.
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