Mobile phones are great, I mean they allow you to stay in touch with the office, go down the pub and basically keep on the move. My first mobile phone was really basic, giving you just the ability to make calls and nothing else.
Now today’s mobile phones and smartphones allow you to do virtually everything like help you find your way with a GPS receiver, listen to music with a built-in MP3 player, take pictures with included cameras and even keep fit with personal trainer software.
But mobile phones also allow you now to stay in touch with the office working remotely all from your phone, surfing the internet or catching up with your profile on facebook thanks to 3G, HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity. Heck that can do most things bar make your tea, although I am sure that it won’t be long before some one comes up with that.
Here are a couple of the latest phones that I think really embrace what a phone should be at the moment, ie far more than just a device that makes calls or allows you to send the odd text.
Seen by some as the ultimate smartphone the iPhone marries a mobile phone, internet surfing device and MP3 player in one box the size of a deck of cards complete with touch screen. The user interface is amazing, and with the software developers kit coming available in June there should be an amazing array of games, applications, widgets and much more to allow to take the phone to the next level.
Okay so it’s not all perfect the phone might offer Wi-Fi but there is no 3G or HSDPA connectivity instead relying on the rather slow EDGE technology for connectiving to the web when out and about and some will find the on screen keyboard hard to use. But still as a smartphone this is hard to beat.
When Nokia wanted this classified as a computer rather than a phone we can see why. It’s got a 5 megapixel camera, a GPS receiver, a MP3 player with 8GB of memory, a 3.5mm headphones jack and built in Wi-Fi as well as 3G connectivity. Selling over a million handsets, the phone has just been upgraded to the newly announced N96, not due till later in the year. That version will offer the same tech specs but in a slightly more refined package with a bigger screen and the promise of a bug free interface.
Sony Ericsson Walkman W890
You might have associated music with the Walkman in the eighties, but now it’s more likely to bring your mind to the company’s range of mobile phones in the 2000s. The latest handset from Sony Ericsson is the W890 a mobile phone aimed at the mature phone user, worrying that’s over 25’s. The super thin W890i, which will follow on from the company’s W880i handset will ditch the prickly keys, come with a 2GB MemoryStick in the box, a 3.2 megapixel camera and a host of other features including the company’s latest music software, version 3 and its SensMe application that picks tunes on a given mood or tempo.
The new phone will offer HSDPA connectivity rather than standard 3G of the W880 and come a choice of three colours: Espresso Black, Mocha Brown and Sparking Silver.