Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mobile World Congress 2009

Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson started off MWC with a less than dazzling keynote. The manufacturer announced a fully conceived phone and teased us with scant facts about another. The W995 made an appearance and dazzled those who like a music-slash-phone conglomeration. The Idou is the unfinished device, so it’s hard to get a grasp of what it has to offer. It will eventually run the Symbian Foundation’s OS and the touchscreen is already getting great reviews.

Click here for a hands-on video from Engadget.


This exclusive T-Mobile USA camera with phone functionality made an appearance at MWC, click here for details.

Windows Mobile 6.5

It’s finally official (man that feels really good to say!) The latest rendition puts an emphasis on touch-friendliness and sports a honeycomb-style main menu that Microsoft says is easier to finger than a traditional grid layout. The OS has a new lock screen that can be slid on different alerts to automatically call up texts,

 voicemails and so on. The thoroughly restyled Internet Explorer Mobile features a touchable zoom slider and frequently used commands, while the redesigned menus go stylus-free. I know some people were hoping for more changes, but in my opinion this is a vast and long overdue improvement.


It was round two for last years HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, and at first glance you might think the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 are just updated versions with tweaked specs, but there are a lot of major differences. Both devices said adios to the d-pad and circular touch wheel and upgraded to a larger screen with more pixels. HTC TouchFlo 3D UI also got an overhaul – find more details here.


Nokia announced its latest additions to the E series, which all seemed to be very “messaging” oriented:

E75 – This device offers a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, microSD slot, S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2, and every messaging and e-mail service Nokia offers.

E55 – Watch the hands-on video from phonescoop here.


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