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A Mobile Phone Even Paul Could Love

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July 26, 2005 11:19 PM PST

I'm not a huge fan of cell phones. Their displays are pitifully small, their input mechanisms make my ancient Timex-Sinclair 2000 look like a model of ergonomic excellence, and they don't seem to be great for anything, even voice. I'd like to carry around only one device, not an iPod, camera, phone, PDA, etc.

Well, this phone is pretty close. It still has a small screen and low resolution camera, but the qwerty keyboard is a step in the right direction. You actually have a hope of writing an email or SMS message with it without accidentally dialling 911.

Add some 802.11 goodness and CF/SD expansion, and it might be able to replace some of the gear I'm packing.

The above photo is from Phone Scoop, and further coverage from Engadget is here and here.

Comments (6)
John, July 27, 2005 01:01 PM:

Check out this one:


This is really getting close to what I want. PocketPC phone edition, with Wifi and Blue tooth. I really like having a bigger screen (than the phone in this post) with a slide out keyboard. I'd say the only things missing are a VGA screen and a camera. The only other optional thing I want is a CF slot, but at least it has SDIO.

Paul, July 27, 2005 01:21 PM:

I would definitely prefer the larger screen with a slide out keyboard, like the Samsung has although I think that the Q looks nicer.

I think that I'd also prefer Wi-Fi to a low-res camera.

John, July 27, 2005 03:45 PM:

Well I would rank looks a bit lower on my priority list. Although I think it is cool that the new Windows Mobile supports 'square' screen format, I use alot of existing apps today that just aren't going to work with one.

George, July 27, 2005 11:00 PM:

The samsung is pretty sweet, but @ $649 (1 year contract) + $50/month unlimted data plan + $40/month voice plan this thing is totally aimed at people with expense accounts. The restrictions on the "unlimted data plan" at verizon are pretty funny too:

"Unlimited plans are for individual use only and not for resale. The Unlimited plans cannot be used: (1) for any applications that tether the device to laptops, PCs, or other equipment for any purpose, (2) for uploading, downloading or streaming of movies, music or games, (3) with server devices or with host computer applications other than the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, including, without limitation, Web camera posts or broadcasts, continuous jpeg file transfers, automatic data feeds, telemetry applications, automated functions or any other ?machine-to-machine applications, (4) as substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections. "

Translation: You can surf the web and check email with your phone but try just about anything else and we'll cut you off. Don't even think about trying to use your phone as wireless modem for you laptop.

J, July 28, 2005 05:20 PM:

That's a great quote, George. Sums up exactly why I can't stand the wireless/cell space. Somehow, even with all the "competition" there is still somehow no innovation or downward price pressure. "Oh, we're losing $300 per phone, so we have to lock you into a $50 per month contract for 2 years just to barely make a profit." And somehow Dell can offer a X50v pocketpc for $300 with no service agreement, per-megabyte transfer or $1 a pop ringtones. I call shenanigans.

Paul, July 30, 2005 10:55 PM:

Maybe Windows Ultra Mobile 2007 will do the trick.

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