Why the original name wasn’t good enough for this region is beyond us, but Samsung’s symbian touchscreen mobile is now called the ACME. While the previous title, i8910 Omnia HD, alluded to the phone’s ability to take HD 720p video and large 3.7in screen, now the phone sounds like it should be in an episode of Looney Tunes. Let’s just hope it fairs better than Wile E. Cayote’s many ACME rocket and roller skate purchases, or Samsung’s warranty program will be hit harder than cartoon mallet.
It’s hardly the most exciting of handsets for city-dwellers, but that’s because it’s designed for tank drivers, mountain climbers and other daredevil device users. Built to military standards, its got a full QWERTY, 1.8in TFT display and VGA camera. The push-to-talk function turns it into a handy walkie talkie, and has over 100 hours of standby time. Not sure when it will come crashing into the dunes over here, but it hits the US in June.
The original Viewty was great. A solid touchscreen phone with a fantastic camera, and haptics that manufacturers still have trouble matching. So when we got wind of the latest Viewty Smart, we danced a little mobile-inspired jig. Rocking the same LG 3D user interface seen on the Arena, its got a gorgeous 8MP camera, complete with LED flash and ISO up to 1600, and a slick 3in WVGA touchscreen. It also comes packing Wi-Fi, GPS, DivX support, and is compatible with 32GB MicroSD. Watch out for a full review as soon as we find one.
[via Akihabara News]
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Look at the latest launches from the CTIA mobile show, and you’ll see a trend developing. The talk’s all about touch and QWERTY keypads, with hardly any mention of alphanumeric keys. The way people use their mobiles has started to affect design. The organisers at CTIA claim subscribers sent over one trillion texts in 2007, triple the volume of the previous year. NPD Group claims a third of US phones now have full alphabet keypads (thanks to BlackBerry, no doubt) and the show stands have barely got two standard keypads to rub together. The rise of text-based communication (via SMS, web and email) means the future of interfaces is touchscreen or QWERTY. It seems there’s no room left for the regular keypad anymore.
[via USA Today]
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Tagged alphanumeric, cell, CTIA, keypad, LG, Mobile, Motorola, NPD Group, phone, QWERTY keypad, samsung
Sony Ericsson just sent us a picture of Lebanese singing totty Nancy Ajram signing a box. And that box contains a W595 Walkman phone made in honour of the well-proportioned popster. She needn’t, because the Nancy Special Edition – as it will probably never be known – is inscribed with the songstress’s signature. It also comes in a specially designed pink box (as you can see) that contains her biography and latest CD. We’ll settle for the picture.
Rubbish name, but Vodafone, HTC and Google have got most of it right. The just-announced G2 (though the manufacturer is adamant that we call it the Vodafone Magic) is a sweet piece of smartphone. We´ve just come back from fondling its 3.2in HVGA capacative touchscreen (with genius text input; there´s no keyboard) and we are officially impressed. The digital compass and G-sensor enabled Street View roaming has to be seen to be believed, though we´re a bit put out that we´re back in proprietary headphone territory (no 3.5mm jack socket). Apart from that, it´s running the latest version of Android, which is smoother and smarter than the version running on the G1. Look and feel are amazing, and it will be available immediately for pre-order in black or white (depending on territory, around €99 to €199 with data plan) in Europe. Italy´s going non-exclusive with it, so we should see grey market handsets soon. More details in the next issue of Stuff, out on March 1.
UPDATE: Forgot to mention the camera – bog standard 3.2MP job with no flash; our pics didn´t look great – and the screen, which looks great streaming video from YouTube. Connectivity: HSDPA and Wi-Fi. Don´t say we never tell you anything.
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Tagged android, G1, G2, gadgets, Google, googlephone, Handheld, HTC, Magic, Mobile, Mobile Phone, mobile phones, Mobile World Congress, mwc, Vodafone