Jasper S20 Cellphone Rocks The Java OS, People Flee in Fear

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Lots of people hate Java for being both slow and a memory hog, so what better place to put it than on a cellphone? The Jasper S20 is the first guinea pig cellphone to meet the JSR-209 specifications on the Java Platform Micro Edition. Translated into English, all it means is that the Jasper S20 is the first jawn to run the latest (and greatest?) version of the Java mobile OS. It allows developers to pump out prettier 2D graphics, among other things.

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The phone itself looks like something Fisher Price or Nickelodeon would produce, with a joystick-like device in the center for navigation. Also supported is multimedia playback (MP3, MPEG, etc.) and a microSD card slot to store all that junk. It'll ship to Asia "soon." There's a few pics of the super happy fun Java interface after the jump.

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Cellphones and Java should be legally forced to remain at least 100 yards away from each other at all times. I don't want to hit "up" and have to wait for three seconds in order to see a response.

Java OS Jasper S20 [PhoneDaily via SlashPhone.com]

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DISCUSSION

This phone was released publicly at JavaOne back in May. I'm pretty sure these are already available in stores in Taipai, yo. Did you check the date on that article?

Bonus reporter points for knowing that the phone software is made by SavaJe Technologies, which ran out of money this week. Bummer.

For the record, the performance when I used this phone last month was as good as any non-Java cellphone. Just sayin'...