The last week of November has seen a flurry of new mobile phones being announced and spotted on the Internet, plus Apple in trouble advertising trouble, a potential surprise launch by Nokia and a life-saving Motorola.
1. Two New Nokia Mobile Phones.
More pictures and a little more detail emerged this week on the Nokia E75, a forthcoming sliding QWERTY keyboard business phone, but the real exciting news was the announcement of the 6260 slider, a feature phone running S40 software but boasting GPS, Wi-Fi and a 5 megapixel camera. Definitely one to watch!
2. Apple iPhone TV Advert Dropped.
Following complaints from 17 people, Apple have been forced to drop a TV advert by the Advertising Standards Authority. The advert was said to be misleading due to the speed by which Internet pages appeared on the screen, something which wasn’t repeated when customers tried the phone. This was despite the phrase ‘Network performance will vary by location’ being displayed.
3. We Love Mobile Internet!
Analysts Neilsen Online have reported an increase in mobile Internet usage during the second and third quarters of this year. A total of 7.3 million people hopped on to the net via their phone, creating a total 25% increase, with the BBC News site coming out as most visited.
4. A RAZR Saved my Life!
There’s life in the old Motorola V3 yet, for even if you don’t want to use it as a phone, it can double as bullet protection. The RAZR’s ability in this area was proved by the two-first-named Ronald Richard from New Orleans, when the phone deflected a stray .45 shell from potentially killing him.
5. Nokia Cease Japan Phone Development.
Nokia have decided to stop producing mobile phones for the Japanese market, one of the most highly competitive in the world. Nokia have just 1% of the market share, so it’s not that surprising, however Nokia’s Timo Ihamuotila said ‘tough current economic conditions’ were to blame. Perhaps a little at odds with this statement is the news they will continue selling their super-pricey Vertu range there.
6. Xperia X1 Applications Start Appearing.
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia X1 smartphone features a clever Panels interface, where assorted mini-windows take you to specific applications without digging about in the Start menu. This week sees the introduction of a Microsoft Windows Live chat panel and a dedicated Facebook panel too.
7. Share Your Pictures online with viNe!
The viNe service is another Nokia social networking initiative which is based solely around the pictures you take with your phone. Compatible with some E and N-series phones, this uses your GPS location and uploads your snaps to the viNe network to give a pictorial story of your day.
8. Stubby Motorola Hint Announced.
The Motorola Hint is an unusual slider handset with a full QWERTY keyboard announced a few days ago and although currently only for the US market, could potentially be bound for Europe if sales go well. The spec sheet is hardly impressive, but the idea of a cheap email device is a good one. One to rival the LG KS360 perhaps?
9. Sony Ericsson C905 Selling Well!
It has only just been released, but it looks like the C905 has become a huge hit already! The brilliant camera phone has propelled Sony Ericsson to a brand share of 29% since it hit the shelves, with the handset claiming second place in the UK’s list of best selling mobiles.
10. New Nokia N-Series Next Week?
According to CNET’s Crave blog, Nokia could be releasing a new N-Series handset next week. Crave are betting it will be the Athlon refreshed N85 model, which was spotted on the recently leaked ‘roadmap‘ of forthcoming Nokia handsets. Whatever it is, we can’t wait!
Join us again next week as we begin the final countdown to Christmas!