Thursday, February 05, 2009

Another Day, Another Smart Phone

We appear to be having a new smartphone every day. Interestingly they are now coming thick and fast from the PC manufacturers. Dell, Lenoivo and Toshiba have both announced their models and now they have been followed Acer. Out of the top PC manufacturers, only HP and Fujitsu Siemens don’t now have a smart phone. Lenovo will roll out an Android phone in 2009 and Toshiba has already demonstrated its gorgeous TG-01 4.1-inch marvel.

The Acer DX900, is from their acquisition of mobile manufacturer E-ten last year and is a Windows Mobile powered 3G handset with dual SIM that allows users to use two different networks, or to use an international simcard whilst travelling. The SIM 1 includes 3.5G HSDPA support with quad-band GSM and the SIM 2 is triband GSM with no 3G support.

Features sound like all the rest ; a 2.8 inch high resolution touchscreen, built in GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3 megapixel camera, and microSD expansion slot. Processing power comes via a 533MHz Samsung s3C 6400 and 128MB of RAM.

So the market is getting crowded and at the current time we will continue to question if some are going to get their fingers burnt in the stampede to secure sales. Smartphone are clearly in demand and the choice is now wide, but it when its hard to really differentiate between them its going to be interesting to see what happens. Mobiles are often seen as a design accessory or status symbol. So what would turn your head and what would you wish to be seen using later this year?

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