Nokia, along with its partner Microsoft, unveiled its new smartphone which comes in two models that will use the Windows operating system. The companies are hoping to become bigger players in the market now dominated by Apple and devices using Android software.
The Sony-Ericsson Xperia X1 has been creating hype in the industry for quite some time now. Being Sony-Ericsson’s first Windows Mobile phone, the X1 needs a little more than luck to compete in this ultra competitive market.
This review unit is solid black in color and Sony-Ericsson offers a silver version as well. Unlike mobile devices these days, the X1 is heavy, weighing at 158 grams. This is mainly because of its steel construction, which is evident as even the battery cover is made out of metal. The hefty weight didn’t put me down. In fact, I prefer that it weighs this much because it gives me a better grip as well as feeling that it is sturdily built.
The original HTC Touch was one of HTC’s best sellers during its heyday as it was small, powerful and most of all runs HTC’s Touch interface on top of Windows Mobile. There have been a few rebirths of the HTC Touch but the newest version, the HTC Touch Viva is one that will re-ignite the original Touch’s status. Built just like the original Touch, the Touch Viva is equipped with a 2.8 inch touch screen with QVGA resolution. Its design is simple and nice with no hidden hanky-panky on it. The only button is visible is the Call and End Call buttons, as well as the five way directional pad.
The Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia smartphone runs atop of version 6.1 of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile Professional operating system, and is intended for the Asian and European markets. It supports quad-band GSM/EDGE as well as 2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA (7.2Mbps) network connectivity, with WiFi thrown in for good measure. Highlights of the Omnia include a large, 3.2″ WQVGA (240×400 pixel) touchscreen display with stylus support. The display supports auto-rotation for apps and there is a TV-out function for when 3.2″ is just not large enough.
Mio has added to its range of GPS-equipped mobile phones with a device running the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system. The Leap G50 has quad-band GSM connectivity, a 2.8-inch touchscreen display, two megapixel camera with LED flash and geotagging, and Bluetooth 2.0, Mio says. Featuring a black body ringed by a shiny bezel, the Leap G50 sports styling somewhat reminiscent of Apple’s first-generation iPhone. However, its 2.8-inch touchscreen display occupies proportionately less of the front than the iPhone’s, delivering QVGA (320 x 240) resolution.
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