While the Motorola ROKR landed with a dull thud, SonyEricsson has launched the W800 with almost no noise at all. While the this phone doesn’t have iTunes (although you can hack it to make it seem like it does), what it does have is far more features and versatility than the ROKR, and a price tag to match. Let’s get the hard part out of the way. The W800i is going to cost you $499. No service providers in the US are offering the phone at this point, which means that you’re not going to be able to get a subsidy to offset the cost of the phone. What do you get for your five Benjamins? Let’s take a look ...
Earlier today Motorola dropped a ton of phones over at 3GSM in Singapore, aiming to “Connect the Unconnected.” We are going to take you through the list real quick-like:
With its compact design and easy-to-use keypad, the Motorola C118 is a versatile handset that provides impressive talk times of up to 450 minutes and up to 350 hours of standby, eliminating the need for frequent recharging - unless, of course, you are a teen. The phone features selectable ringtones, SMS, an alarm clock, screensavers, and games making the Motorola C118 a practical and affordable mobile phone for everyday use.
With its brilliant color display, compact size, and durable anti-slip side grips, the Motorola C139 keeps you connected in style. The C139 is packed with features including a 65,000 colour TFT display, multi-character phonebook search with internal phonebook storage, SMS, vCard, calendar/datebook with alarm, downloadable ringtones, and an impressive 700 minutes of talk time/ 450 hours of standby time. The phone also includes enhanced usability features such as zoom font, which displays enlarged characters when entering numbers, and Motorola’s illuminating Lantern technology.
Designed for the socially minded individual on the go, Motorola’s C168 offers broad functionality and features in a sleek and slim form factor. With storage for up to 600 phonebook entries and 250 SMS messages, the C168 allows users to keep important information and messages at their fingertips. The C168 includes a 65,000 colour screen, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), zoom font, polyphonic ringtones, as well as Motorola’s Lantern feature. In addition, the C168 keeps everyone connected with the latest news and information via a built in FM Stereo radio.
The Motorola C257 and C261 are the latest of Motorola’s slim and stylish handsets, which focus on sophisticated ultra-thin design. These new phones provide a high sense of style and value for mass market consumers. Both models offer a crystal clear TFT display capable of 65,000 colours, MMS and up to 450 minutes of talk time and 250 hours of stand-by. The C257 and C261 also include speakerphone functionality enabling users to engage in conference calls with small groups. In addition, the C261 features a VGA camera to capture images while on the move.
We just discovered a neat little hack for the Sony Ericsson W800i. I’ve found that having an FM radio built-in to your phone can be fun. Hell, other than trying to take out the Memory Stick, there’s little about the Walkman that isn’t fun. Still, I was having a bit of ROKR envy when I realized that the answer is there, plain as day. I proceeded to tune the radio in the phone to my iTrip (the FM transmitter for the iPod) station, and bingo - all 20GB of my iPod tracks were ready to be played on the W800i. I must have sat there slackjawed for a minute or two as I marvelled at the little surprise. Sure, it’s a hack, and not the same as the real thing, but the phone does cut off the radio when a call comes in. It won’t pause the song, obviously, but otherwise, the functionality is just about the same. The quality is also not as good as a native MP3 player, but it’s more than tolerable - especially knowing that I am not limited to 100 songs.
It’s pretty clear now that the ROKR is a still-born platform. Sadly, it’s still going to sell, because people just don’t realize that there are better, less crippled options available.
We got a new toy in the mail today, which will be reviewed in full soon enough here on Gear Live. First impressions are incredibly positive. The packaging is quite impressive, and there is what feels like a ton of stuff packed into the attractive “bubble”. The headset cord comes in two pieces, with the microphone portion containing a standard 3.5mm headphone jack so that you can use any cans you want. The installed headphones are a variation on their popular in-ear headphones (of which I already own a pair), and the sound quality is excellent. Read on for more thoughts.
We just finished watching the announcement of the Treo 700w, where we saw corporate leet-speak at its best. CEO’s aside, we were given a nice amount of information on the device:
- Windows Mobile 5.0
- EV-DO and Bluetooth support
- 240x240 screen resolution
- 1 Megapixel camera
- 64 MB internal memory
- Verizon Wireless exclusive until at least mid-2006
Interestingly enough, the phone has not officially been called the 700w. Check out this video from Dave’s iPaq.
In August, Opera Software launched it’s Opera Mini browser in a limited release - only users of Norway’s TV2 were allowed downloading privledges. All that could change soon according to Eskil Sivertsen, public relations manager for Opera software. Is seems that due to the ” fantastic response from content providers, operators, handset manufacturers and end-users worldwide” the software company is hoping to give Opera Mini a worldwide release by the end of 2005. The Opera Mini browser allows users to view any HTML page from the convienience of their cell phone, allowing users to break away from WAP browsers that limit surfing experiences to WAP only pages. Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research says, “I was able to hit every HTML site I threw at it including heavy lifting sites like the NY Times. This is a really big breakthrough for the mobile space.” Soon enough, y’all will be able to read content off Gear Live, or even post to the forums, from anywhere your phone gets a signal!
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This is awesome for the retro gamer in you. The NES Bluetooth Handset connects to your Bluetooth phone or VoIP application, like Skype. The Start button picks up and ends calls while the A and B buttons control volume. Pretty cool, but I’d like to see some Caller ID on the back, and with a How To as well. Here are the details:
Here’s how it works with cell phones:
• Keep the NES Bluetooth Handset in your pocket.
• Keep you Bluetooth phone in your bag or backpack.
• When a call comes in, press ‘Start’ on the NES Bluetooth Handset.
• When done, press ‘Start’ again to end the call.
Here’s how it works with Skype:
• Keep the NES Bluetooth Handset on your desk.
• When a call comes in on your Bluetooth-enabled PC, press ‘Start’ on the NES Bluetooth Handset.
• When done, press ‘Start’ again to end the call.
NEC has busted out with what they are calling the world’s thinnest camera flip phone - the L1. It certainly is compact, measuring just 47.9mm X 101.5mm X 11.9mm (folded) and weighing in at 96g. The phone supports GSM/GPRS and touts a 1.9-inch 65k color display along with a 1.3 megapixel digital camera (which can also record up to 2 minutes of video.) The NEC L1 is also feature-rich, supporting MP3 playback, polyphonic ringtones, PictBridge, Java, and Bluetooth. It is now being introduced in Hong Kong, followed by Italy, Russia, Australia and China.
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Jabra has quickly jumped on the accessory bandwagon for the new iTunes phone with this headset. Listen to all 100 songs on your ROKR and never miss any phone calls with its pickup and end call feature, all at a price of $34.99. The only thing it doesn’t do is make the phone not suck. Oh snap!
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Pantech & Curitel have announced the PT-K1500 - a 17mm thick phone that obviously takes some visual styling queues from the Motorola RAZR. While the PT-K1500 will probably never see American shores, we can all dream of having such a sleek little slider phone. No word on features, but with a “magic” button who knows what surprises this little phone will pack?
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