Neonode N2: iPhoneClone Navigates Using Finger Strokes

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The Neonode N2 follows up the interesting but irrelevant original with an iPhone clone notable for its net radio stream capturing desktop software, and gesture-controlled screen. And, its super small, at 3" tall.

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Here's the stat splatter, and how that gesture system works.

The gesture control promises a screen free from softbutton clutter, and that it'll be all but unusable by anyone but those initiated into the neonode's cryptic control system.

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The device claims to have an open software platform (meaning: won't be picked up by us providers anytime soon) and because it does calendar and address book synching via Activesync, we have a feeling it's built on a Windows platform.

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I expected counterattacks to Apple's offering but how fast did this little company develop this thing? It's more than likely that they'd been planning this touchscreen offering for awhile now. Unless it's vapor. (Where are those real photos?)

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UPDATE: Photo courtesy of Vincent N.

Illustration for article titled Neonode N2: iPhoneClone Navigates Using Finger Strokes

Name:

* Neonode N2

Storage:

* MiniSD card

User interface:

* Neno user interface

Applications:

* MP3 Player (MP3, WMA, Wav), Calendar and Address book synchronized using ActiveSync

Telephony:

* GSM Quadband 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 Mhz bands, GPRS

Messaging:

* SMS and MMS

Bluetooth:

* Obex, Headset, FTP profiles supported

LCD:

* 2,0" (176x220 pixels) colour display. 65K colours

Audio:

* Stereo sound in headphones, Mono loudspeaker, Vibration engine

Image:

* 2 Megapixel Fixed Focus Camera, Still pictures, Video play-back (MPEG, WMV), Video Recording (MPEG4)

Dimensions:

* 47x77x14,7 mm (WxHxT) Weight: Approx 70 grams

Battery Capacity:

* Talk 4 hours, standby 200 hours

Neonode n2 [via slashphone]

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DISCUSSION

Step 1: Non-Apple company releases a gadget with a given form factor.

Step 2: Other companies release similar products with similar form factors. No one really cares about the similarity of design. just whether it's a good product or not.

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Step 4: Other companies continue to release similar products with similar form factors, but are now declared to be ripping off Apple. Apple fanboys/fangirls become even smugger, and use the shiny buttons and higher price of the Apple product as proof of its originality and superiority. Anyone who doesn't agree with that stance is just jealous because they can't afford "the real thing".