Mobile World Congress ’09

Posted: February 17, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Here just in time to dash any hopes I might have had of curbing my desire for new gadgets, especially phones, comes the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Among the really interesting handsets announces so far are (pics and specs from GSMArena):

Samsung OmniaHD – 3.7″ 640×360 touchscreen, Symbian S60 5th ed, 8MP camera, HD video recording at 24fps (!), DivX and Xvid playback, all the cell radios you could wish for, including GPS.

gsmarena_omniahd

SE Idou (real name to be decided later!) – 3.5″ touchscreen, 640×360, Symbian Foundation OS (that’s new!), 12MP camera (!) and again, all the radios you could want.

gsmarena_idouAnd then updates to the HTC range – the Diamond 2 comes in with an increased 3.2″ 800×480 screen, a better 5MP camera, a bigger 1100mAh battery and a slot for a microSD card, meaning your storage space goes way over the 4GB currently available.

gsmarena_diamond2And finally, for this post anyway, the Touch Pro 2 comes with a much larger 3.6″ screen and Straight Talk technology, which is aimed at making conference calling quick, easy and viable.

gsmarena_touch-proBoth the HTC devices run Windows Mobile 6.1 but will be eligible for a free upgrade to the recently announced Windows Mobile 6.5 once it’s available.

At last mobile phone companies are realising that you need a decent screen size and resolution for mobile devices to be really useful as more than just phones. The new batch listed above look they’re actually going to be useful as messaging/internet/entertainment devices. I’ve put my old iPaq x4700 and the Advantage X7500 to good use but know that this has only been realistically possible because of their size. The 2.8″ standard smartphone size is too small to do anything beyond the quick and dirty but that looks like it’s about to change. Faster processors, better resolution, bigger screens, oh my. I can hear my wallet protesting already…

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