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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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.
So, we’re here in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, as promised. Prospects this year include increased touchiness from the Nokia stall, loads of location aware devices, smartphones for the masses, digicam-slaying resolutions on camphones and, of course, a gooey wad of Android stickiness. First out of the blocks this year was Sony Ericsson, which dropped a 12.1MP (yes, you heard right) camphone under the working title: Idou. That’s nowhere near release, sadly (expected later this year). What they did give us was the W995 Walkman phone, which doesn’t shirk picture duty with an 8.1MP snapper and bungs in Wi-Fi and ‘turbo’ 3G (aka HSDPA), plus the stunning sonic talents we’ve come to expect from the Swedes’ music ancestry.
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