There are plenty of reasons not to subscribe to the conventional wisdom that, if it isn't broken, don’t fix it. If not to renew your cool, replacing your last year’s phone can make life easier and communication more reliable, fun and expressive!
The K810/K818 Cyber-shot phone is a sleek, high-performance 3G device boasting a 3.2 megapixel camera including auto focus and Xenon flash. You know that when you buy bigger 5 or 6 mega pixel camera phones, they do not necessarily take good pictures. The K810i has innovative applications such as Photo fix help to further improve the quality of your pictures, even after you have taken them. Just like its predecessor, the camera benefits highly from its Xenon flash, which works like a flash on regular Cybershot cameras. The results are simply amazing - photos that will blow the others out of the water. Imagine how much more memorable life can be if you had one?
Over 20 million Walkman phones have been sold since the line’s introduction in August 2005 (that’s barely two years)! When you look at the Sony Ericsson W880i, it’s not hard to see why. The design team has crammed all of the Walkman goodness into a body that’s just 9.4mm thin. It doesn’t just look like Lindsay Lohan, it sings better too. Walkman phones have one up against conventional MP3 players, in that it has a loudspeaker. The ultra slim phone is also 3G enabled and comes with 2.0 mega pixel camera, 1GB Memory Stick Micro and Bluetooth.
Thanks to radio DJs who are more eager to prank call listeners and scream gibberish like a teenager on a fit, we rarely get to hear the title of a good song we hear on the FM machine. Making us glued more than ever to the annoying radio station, for another glimpse of the song! Never fear, here’s how modern technology can make your life better. With the latest generation Walkman phones, a feature called TrackID comes standard. All you have to do is record a clip of the song you’d like to identify (preferably the chorus) with the sound recorder and then use the TrackID software on the phone to identify it. The software works by connecting to the Gracenote Mobile MusicID engine and processing the signals through a complex state-of-the-art technology! Are you wow-ed yet?
The PRADA Phone by LG introduces the world’s first advanced touch interface which eliminates the conventional keypad making the overall usage experience a highly tactile one. The extra wide LCD screen maximizes visual impact, allowing the user to benefit from several key features of the phone, including the 2 megapixel camera featuring Schneider-Kreuznach lens, video player, MP3 playback, games and document viewer capacity. This isn’t just another way of selling out a mobile phone by slapping a fashionable name like any phone before it, this sleek phone is actually co developed by LG and Prada (including input by Miuccia Prada herself). This mobile indulgence even comes with a specially designed leather case made from Prada’s signature Saffiano leather. From the aesthetics to the interface, it’s all Prada - so be prepared to pay Prada prices for it too.
While Apple iPhone was announced a little earlier than the Prada Phone, it will be available in Asia only in 2008. No thanks to the more complicated Mac OS (for mobile edition) interface, wi-fi and iPod integration - it has to be content with a later release date. It is the first to introduce tactile “stylus-less” touch interface, but yet not (since it’s not the first in the market). But it is an amazing piece of design and engineering, this iPhone. Packing up to 8GB of memory, 2 mega pixel camera and wireless Internet into a 11.6mm case, is almost a miracle. Not only is it more powerful than the Prada Phone, it will also be cheaper. There’s also an easier way to lose weight - it will replace your mobile phone, iPod, pda/smartphone and calculator. It’s very sleek, chic and so desirable, it hurts.
Nokia 8800 Sirocco Gold
The Nokia 8800 Sirocco Gold pays artful attention to the smallest details and selection of materials. The Gold edition of the already iconic 8800 Sirocco phone ups the luxury and exclusivity factor on one of the most expensive mobile phones money can buy (Vertu and B&O phone aside). A stunning achievement of craftsmanship, fine white gold accents enhance the 18-carat gold plating while the sapphire-coated, scratch-resistant glass display helps to ensure that the beauty of the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Gold endures. If you like the gold, you will not care about the 2.0 mega pixel camera, 262k colour screen or the 1000 Euro (RM 4,658) price tag as much.
Nokia claims this is what computers have become, so where is the Ctrl, Alt and Del button? From experience with the problematic N80’s Symbian software that keeps rebooting itself and runs out of memory at oh-so-crucial moments, the N95 is a tricky phone to recommend. But for all of its class-leading features, it is one heck of a device. GPS navigation for 100 countries, 5 mega pixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics, video recorder, built-in stereo speakers offering 3D stereo effect and 3.5G (HSDPA) fast mobile Internet connection, enjoyed on a 2.6" QVGA 16 million colour display is hard to say ‘no’ to by any gadget lover (or anyone who knows what they all mean).
A match for the rather low profile Nokia 7373, this Special Edition combines the splendor of the L''Amour Collection and the trendsetting talent of Giambattista Valli, who used to helm at Ungaro. The Nokia 7373 Special Edition comes in two contemporary colours, both enticingly paired with signature Giambattista Valli phone accessories. The Nokia 7373 Special Edition Powder Pink marries the faded luxury of grand architecture of the L''Amour Collection with Valli''s iconic pearl necklace for a strap and a miniature pink skull. The Nokia 7373 Special Edition Black Chrome fuses its elegant glossy black appearance with an en vogue gros grain and onyx-like crystal strap. If you’re talking on this phone, you’re so this season!
If you like a slider phone, the uber stylish MOTORIZR Z8 is the perfect device to bring multimedia, speed, pleasure and mobile broadband to your fingertips. Providing you with the ultimate in entertainment, the MOTORIZR Z8 allows you to watch crystal clear video at 30 frames per second through a large 2.2 inch QVGA TFT display. The device also supports optional expandable memory up to 4GB using microSD, which is enough space for full length movies, hundreds of hours of music, or thousands of 2.0 mega pixel pictures it can capture. Like most advanced phones today, it also features the new 3.5G (HSDPA) mobile broadband connection.
The Nokia 5700 XpressMusic features an iconic twist design that easily switches between four modes at the flick of the wrist - music player, 2 megapixel camera, video call and smartphone. Combining the benefits of a music-oriented, multipurpose device featuring 3G data speeds, it can stream and download music from various online music stores. Using an optional 2GB MicroSD card, the Nokia 5700 XpressMusic supports up to 1500 tracks - putting a mean soundtrack into your life.
Designed with passion and built for speed, the MOTOKRZR K3 is beautiful inside and out, much like its predecessor the a la mode K1. Made of premium metal and glass, this ‘glamshell’ phone can rock the runway as well as your world. The MOTOKRZR K3 brings entertainment quickly via HSDPA technology – enabling users to access news, sports, music and video directly on the handsets display - the perfect marriage between beauty and functionality.
MP3 player designs are much more streamlined and sexier than mobile phones. So instead of playing along the themes of a mobile phone that wants to be an MP3 player, Samsung have turned the tables on conventional design. The hip Korean electronics giant has decided to make an MP3 player with phone capabilities! So its music capabilities remain uncompromised and the outlook, sleek. Shown at the 2007 ICES show, the Ultra Music F300 is a dual LCD screen twist tri-band phone with a 2 mega pixel camera, whilst the sister F500 model adds 3.5G (HSDPA) and 400MB internal memory. All we can say is an ecstatic, “yes, yes, YEESSS!”
If your colleague is bragging of his new 5 megapixel camera phone, you could shut him up by showing him pictures of the Samsung SCH-B600.The B600 offers the same level of picture-taking sophistication that a 10 megapixel digital camera offers. The camera function includes 3x optical zoom, auto focus and a flash unit that performs optimally for print-quality photographs. Not only is it lighter and thinner than the world’s first 7 megapixel phone (also a Samsung), it also combines state-of-the-art mobile TV capability in Satellite standard. No news yet if it will be released in Malaysia but for these amazing features, we’re sure some would swim the seas and travel the earth for one.
Motorola MOTO Q 9h
There are times when you are meant to judge a book by its cover – like the very corporate suited MOTO Q 9h – equipped with HSDPA for download speeds as fast as 3.6MB per second. At the flick of a button, behold the power of quick connections. This mobile comes equipped with push email for immediate send and receive on Corporate Microsoft Exchange, for fast internet browsing, high-speed music downloads, video streaming and casting. Whether you’re out shopping with friends or running errands, the stunning new MOTO Q 9h gives you access to all your favourite content and connections. At 11.8mm, it will fit into your jacket pocket nicely too