Touchscreen phones of 2008
The year 2008 was surely the year of Touch. The touch magic which caught consumer attention with the unveiling of iPhone in 2007, continued to dazzle in 2008.
Phone manufacturers across hue, from elitist BlackBerry to affordable HTC, launched a slew of touchscreen models. The two Google phones unveiled so far also sport a touchscreen.
The world's biggest phone manufacturer Nokia too made a long-awaited entry into the touchscreen market in October with Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. The company recently announced adding a touchscreen model to its NSeries also.
While many of these launches pose tough competition to iPhone with their better specs, others fall pale. Here we bring you a wrap up on some of hottest touchscreen phones unveiled during the year.
Apple 3G iPhone
In July Apple launched 3G iphone. the gadget got rave reviews for its unique design, touchscreen interface and other features, though many lamented lack of common features like higher megapixel camera, flash support, message forwarding and MMS capability.
With support for three 3G bands (850, 1900, 2100) and both UMTS and HSDPA networks, the iPhone 3G is well positioned for using high-speed networks all around the world.
iPhone features Safari — the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device. And with 3G and Wi-Fi, you can browse the real Internet really fast. iPhone also syncs your bookmarks from your PC or Mac and has Google and Yahoo! search built in.Access the web with Safari whether you’re connecting via EDGE, faster 3G, or even faster Wi-Fi.
In India, the phone is offered by Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, who sell the 8GB model for Rs 31,000 and 16GB for Rs 36,100.
Samsung Omnia i900
To dampen the iPhone-effect, Korean giant Samsung launched its iPhone look-alike, Samsung Omnia i900, days ahead of 3G iPhone debut in India. The touchscreen smartphone comes with a 5 megapixel camera, 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.
The smartphone runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile software and comes with choice of 8GB or 16GB models. In looks, Omnia resembles the earlier version of iPhone in its dark, shiny finish, curved edges and slim form.
Dedicated to the music and multimedia in general, the "Diamond Touch" also includes 4 GB of internal memory (Samsung MoviNAND), a chip A-GPS (GPS chip Qualcomm), an FM tuner, a processor clocked at Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 Mhz and a digital camera with 3.2 megapixel auto-focus. Remaining relatively end with 10.7 mm thick, Diamond is compatible with networks tribandes GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA (7.2 mbps). nterestingly, some operators specify that the product will be compatible with the standard HSUPA.
It runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, comes with 4GB of internal storage with 256MB flash and 192MB RAM. Other features include Bluetooth with EDR, minUSB, integrated GPS and Wi-Fi.
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Sony Xperia X1
Sony Ericsson has proposed early smartphones that were primarily intended for professionals if only by their price and their complex interface. From the outset, the manufacturer has relied on the Symbian operating system developed by a consortium that included among others Nokia, Motorola and Psion. Thus, the Xperia X1 marks a turning point because it is the first Sony Ericsson smartphone that works with Windows Mobile.
X1 packs a 3.2 megapixel camera with face recognition feature that focuses on a spot when taking photos. The phone also has a video calling option.
First business phone from Sony Ericsson, X1 has HSDPA and HSUPA, both 3.5G (wireless broadband) connections that allow for fast Internet access. Xperia can play Flash videos from Youtube or other sites that use it by opening a different video application.
Business users can synchronise the phone with their PCs and get email from their Microsoft Outlook account pushed straight to the phone -- something that can make it difficult to switch to a more consumer-friendly phone like the iPhone or the G1, which uses Google Inc's Android operating system.
This year Taiwan-based Asus launched a touchscreen PDA in the Indian market in shades of pink and pearlescent white. With rounded corners and curved edges, the Asus P320 has a circular navigational key.
Based on the Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional platform, the P320 features GPS navigation, EDGE/GPRS, WiFi for Internet access, Bluetooth and USB connectivity. It comes pre-loaded with Asus Today suite that includes applications such as Time, Mail Box, Calendar, News, Weather and Music Player available to users via a single window.
Some other key features are a 2.6 inch TFT touchscreen with 65K color, 240 x 320 pixels resolution, OMAP 850 (Texas Instrument's Open Multimedia Application Platform) 200 MHz processor, 128MB Flash ROM + 64 MB DDR RAM and business applications. The phone boasts of 2 megapixel camera and microSD support. The phone is priced at approximately Rs 12,900.
Samsung TouchWIZ F480
The phone has a 2.8-inch TFT LCD (240x320) touchscreen, integrated FM radio, multi-format video playback (MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, Real), MPEG4 video recording and editing functions.
The phone also comes with face detection technology, image stabiliser, CMOS video lens and Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) features. There are also a few customisable features like Drag `n' Drop and Auto Smile Shot coupled with full touch navigation.
TouchWIZ F480 has a 5 megapixel auto-focus-LED Flash camera, equipped with 240MB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 8GB. Positioned in the lifestyle segment, the phone come with a host of entertainment features and is compatible with GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA (7.2mbps) networks and functions on GSM 900/1800/1900, and WCDMA 2100 bands.
Priced at approximately Rs 20,990, Samsung TouchWIZ F480 comes in a metallic body casing.
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This handset available for Reliance subscribers. Now LG released touchscreen phone to beat apple 3G iphone. The phone will be priced between Rs 22,000 to Rs 25,000.
The handset features a 2.8-inch display, 2 MP camera, extendable memory up to 8GB, Office applications for Corporate Mail Access (Push Mail through Microsoft Server, Pull Mail through IMAP and POP3), full HTML browser and high speed internet connectivity. The battery supports 240 minutes talk time and up to 480 hours stand-by time.
Another option for CDMA users, HTC P3000. Available on Reliance network, HTC P3000 is a sleek, stylish phone weighing 130 gram, in a slim 18-mm body.
HTC P3000 is powered by Reliance's CDMA 1X technology which provides high-speed mobile internet access up to 144 kbps.
The Windows Mobile 6.0 phone includes complete suite of business applications with Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, Outlook Mobile, PDF viewer and more. It has a 2 megapixel camera that includes a preview mirror to ensure quality imagery.
The phone comes with 64MB RAM, 128 MB ROM and also features a SDIO/MMC card slot for extensible storage. It has a 2.8 inch TFT touchscreen and supports Bluetooth.
Source : Times
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