Dear people from TAT: I love you, and not only because you are Swedish, but because you really do cool stuff. LIke this Foldout Physics UI for cellphones, running on a TI OMAP 3430 chip.
Samsung's slogan here in Barcelona is "The Power of Touch." It should have been "The Power to Drive You Freakin' Bonkers" because their touch technology continues to be bad bad bad. BAD.
AT&T's Mobility CEO just referred to the fact that "Dell announced they're entering the smartphone market." The thing is, despite very convincing evidence that it's happening, they haven't. UPDATED
Boy Genius posted an image of this new LG GD900 Phone previewed at Mobile World Congress that appears to be a slider with a chic-looking transparent keypad. Nice.
Acer has unveiled their rumored smartphones, the X960, F900, M900, and DX900. And they don't look half bad, other than lacking WinMo 6.5 and being a tad on the chunky side. Here's a rundown:
I like the new Windows Mobile 6.5 interface, specially the new home screen, which is brilliantly executed. Running on the new HTC Touch Diamond 2, everything looked smoother, cleaner, and matched the iPhone's lick factor.
Here's an interesting one-off about Windows Mobile 6.5. Microsoft has mandated that all phones running the OS feature a physical "Start" button.
Microsoft finally got around to giving official word on the stopgap disaster relief measure known as Windows Mobile 6.5, and here it is: Marketplace, My Phone and the new interface are, as expected, happening.
The Samsung BeatDJ and BeatDisc are just cellphones, but they promise "deep rich bass and crystal clear treble" through stereo speakers featuring B&O's ICEpower amplifier. We're ever so skeptical.
Samsung is working hard to up the ante on cellphone camera resolution. But forget digital cameras. With their 8MP Omnia HD (spotted yesterday), Samsung is going after camcorders.
A lot of nice things can be say about the new Nokia E75, the allegedly 21st Century successor to the Nokia Communicator.
The E55 is superficially similar to the BlackBerry Pearl, with its low-profile design and half-QWERTY keyboard. The main difference? The E55 is hilariously slim, at just under 1cm.
The long-since-leaked E75 has been announced by Nokia, offering bring a new form-factor to Nokia's smartphone lineup.
As you can see in these videos, the Sony Ericsson Idou's is extremely smooth and elegant. I want it. Seriously, I want to lick it more than I want to lick Beyoncé's underpants. Portrait mode:
HTC's Touch Diamond, and its QWERTY'd doppelganger the Touch Pro, have formally passed into their second generation, with bigger screens, higher (WVGA) resolution, better battery life, and deeper interface changes.
I got some quality time with a Garmin Nuviphone G60, riding around Barcelona in the back of a jet-black Mercedes limo. My hands-on impression: This smartphone-meets-GPS-meets-media-player feels like a winner.
It seems that the Garmin Nuviphone M20 we tried—which still doesn't have a release date—is an early prototype. As a result, we couldn't try the customized GPS-based search and maps programs: Every time we tried, it kept giving a location services initialization problem. We were told look very similar to the G60, but…