As has been clear over the last few weeks, October is set to be a good month for those interested in new mobile phones, with several exciting handsets being released or becoming available for pre-order. To whet your appetite even further, let’s take a look at five of the best phones to come later this month:
The Motorola DEXT.
Will the DEXT be Motorola’s comeback? There’s a good chance it will since the early word is that the hardware is good and the software smooth and reliable. The DEXT uses Google Android and covers it with MOTOBLUR, where widgets display and update all your social networking sites, news, weather and plenty more. Cleverly, all your contacts get their own page containing their status updates culled from the Happenings widget, plus quick access to all the different ways to contact them.
The DEXT itself is a 3G mobile with HSDPA and Wi-Fi, a sliding QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1″ touchscreen and Assisted GPS. Around the back of the phone is the lens to the 5 megapixel camera and inside there is 1GB of memory plus the chance to expand this to 32GB with a MicroSD card. The Motorola DEXT will be exclusive to Orange and you can pre-order from Phones4U now!
The Samsung Omnia II.
It’s hard to believe it was way back in June when we first saw the Omnia II at the global Samsung Unpacked event, but now this fantastic new smartphone is up for pre-order with Phones4U. Before we take a look at its impressive spec, it’s best to remind you that the Omnia II will be running the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system!
The Omnia II, or i8000 as it’s also known, boasts a gorgeous 3.7″ AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 480×800, making it ideal for browsing the Internet or watching video on the move. The 3G radio has support for both HSDPA and HSUPA, plus Wi-Fi and Assisted GPS are also onboard. Users may not even notice Windows Mobile though, as Samsung have done an amazing job with their TouchWiz 2 user interface, as it replaces almost every menu and icon with Samsung’s own! Don’t be concerned if you want to take Microsoft’s latest OS for a spin though, as you can disable TouchWiz entirely too.
The Sony Ericsson Satio.
It’s the camera phone release of the year and we’ve been waiting for it since its February unveiling! The Sony Ericsson Satio features a 12 megapixel camera with both a video light and xenon flash, autofocus, touch focus, face and smile detection and a 12x digital zoom, all with Sony Ericsson’s legendary camera performance.
The Satio is one of the first Sony Ericsson phones to use Symbian S60 5th Edition as its operating system, that’s the same as you’ll find on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and the N97, and its screen measures an impressive 3.5″ and has a 360×640 pixel resolution. The feature list is full of all the must-haves such as HSDPA and HSUPA, GPS, Wi-Fi, a MicroSD card slot, a media player and A2DP Bluetooth. Easily one of Sony Ericsson’s best looking phones, the Satio is available to pre-order from Phones4U now.
The Sony Ericsson Aino.
The Aino is a companion phone to the Satio, in that it sits under their ‘Entertainment Unlimited’ umbrella, but instead of just downgrading a few specs and wearing a lower price tag, the Aino has gone in a completely different direction. The big news will be for PS3 owners, as the Aino will feature the Remote Play function first seen on the PSP, where media on your console can be browsed on your phone. The same goes for your PC too, as the Media Go software performs the same function.
Although the Aino looks like a touchscreen phone, the touch operation is limited to the media player, with a slider revealing the standard alphanumeric keypad for ease of use. There’s also an 8 megapixel autofocus camera which shoots 30fps video, with HSDPA and HSUPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and Sony Ericsson’s excellent media player rounding out the well-specified Aino. Like the Satio, you can pre-order the Aino from Phones4U now.
The Palm Pre.
Of all the phones we have talked about so far, we doubt any are as anticipated or as well-known as the Palm Pre. Released in the US in June, it has been considered a true challenger to the iPhone ever since, due in no small part by its excellent webOS operating system, which unlike the iPhone, happily deals with multi-tasking.
Wearing a 3.1″ capacitive touchscreen and sliding up to reveal a QWERTY keyboard, the Pre uses 3G with HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and A2DP Bluetooth for connectivity, plus it features a 3.2 megapixel camera with an LED flash and a 3.5mm jack plug for your own headphones. But it’s within the software that the Pre excels, with Synergy handling all your social networking and news feeds, plus a helpful ‘card’ system to keep track of all your running applications. It’s exclusive to O2 and you’ll be able to have your own Palm Pre from the 16th of October!
Like we said, October is going to be a great month for new phones!