Handsets

Handsets

Alcatel OT-S210
 

Alcatel OT-S210

Alcatel’s latest launches include a couple of candybar handsets within its ‘Essence’ line. They both look pretty good – a compact and ‘palm friendly’ 12.6mm wide and just 69g in weight – but still delivering 400 hours of battery life, and five hours’ talk time.

There’s a comfortable rubber keypad that allows for easy messaging, and that centre “eye” shaped button acts as a one touch function for the menu. The S210 features an FM Radio too.

Otherwise this is a basic entry-level PAYG phone of the kind that Alcatel does rather well – n o camera, no Bluetooth, no complexity.

 
Specifications
Networks Dual band GSM
Dimensions: 98x44x12.3mm
Weight: 69g
Display: STN, 65K colours, 128×128 pixels, 1.5in
Camera: No
GPRS: No
Bluetooth: No
USB: Yes
Memory card: No
Battery: Standby up to 250h, talk time up to 5h

 

Sony Ericsson G502

Sony Ericsson’s G502 is a compact candybar that improves on its predecessors by adding HSDPA for high-speed web connectivity. Impressive goodies under the hood include an easy email setup wizard for webmail; for push email, the G502 also supports Exchange ActiveSync.

Users can browse the web in landscape mode, and apps built in include the latest version of Google Maps for Mobile, a neat preloaded weather forecast application, and RSS feed for one-click access to favourite pages from the phone’s home screen.

The result: a good-looking and well-specified budget phone for working the web. There aren’t many competitors in this space just yet, and the G502 looks a real contender.

 
Specifications
Networks Tri band GSM, 3G (HSDPA, 3.6Mbps)
Dimensions: 109x46x13.5mm
Weight: 83.5g
Display 2in: TFT, 256K colours, 240×320 pixels,
Camera: 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels, video
GPRS: Class 10
Bluetooth: v2.0 with A2DP
USB: V2.0
Memory card Slot: Memory Stick Micro (M2); plus 32MB internal memory
Battery: Standby up to 340h, talk time up to 10h
Sony Ericsson G502

 

Apple iPhone

It looks like Apple have reinvented the iPhone, introducing version 2 for July 11th. The new handset looks as sexy as it’s predecessor, has an operating system that as always from Apple, teaches every other interface how things should be done and again doubles as a widescreen iPod. So what’s new? Well apart from being a little thinner and offering a choice of colours (the larger storage version is available in Apple White), there are several new updates to tempt not just the first-time buyer, but those who splashed out on the earlier version as well. Firstly, there is the presence of 3G, making download speeds incredibly quick and the ability to multitask a definite option, a GPS receiver and Maps application to get directions and plot routes, Push email and compatibity with Microsoft Exchange Servers makes it a viable business option and lastly the all new applications store, letting you browse and download hundreds of applications direct to your handset. Did we say it was also cheaper than version 1? It seems Apple have come up with a real winner this time around, and with MobileME being launched as ‘Exchange for Everyone’ allowing automatic over-the-air syncing of emails, contacts and calendars between all your devices (including a PC), Apple have surely set a benchmark in mobile communications.
 
Specifications
Dimensions: 115.5×62.1×12.3mm
Weight: 133g
Battery Life: Standby up to 300h, talk time up to 10h
Memory card: Internal Only – 8GB or 16GB
3G / EDGE: Quadband GSM, 3G (HSDPA)
Camera: 2 MP
Bluetooth: v2.0
Apple iPhone
 

Sagem my721x So iCE

Sagem is best known for middle-of-the-road PAYG phones, but every so often it pushes the boat out. Its latest handset, the my721x ‘So iCE’, is sleek and quite classy, thanks in part to a stylish brushed steel finish on the front and a ‘soft-touch’ finish on the back.

The my721x comes with a 512MB memory card in the box, enough to turn the phone into a fully functional music player. It also has an FM radio with RDS and an impressive 3D loudspeaker for superior sound quality.

Battery life is pretty impressive – three hours of talk time, six of music playback, 200 hours on standby – and it also has an automatic battery life indicator which informs the user exactly how long the battery will last before the handset needs a charge.

 
Specifications
Networks Tri band GSM
Dimensions: 112x48x9.8mm
Weight: 90g
Display 2in: TFT, 256K colours, 176×220 pixels,
Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, video
GPRS: Class 10
Bluetooth: v2.0 with A2DP
USB: V1.1
Memory card: microSD (512MB supplied)
Battery: Standby up to 200h, talk time up to 3h
Sagem my721x So iCE
 

Samsung F400

Samsung Mobile has finally unleashed its latest music mobile, the F400, with audio technology by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower. This was first shown in February in Barcelona but still looks good; indeed, Samsung is positioning the F400 as “the style-conscious choice for users who do not wish to compromise technology for design”.

It’s a dual slider with a pretty high spec – HSDPA for web access, for instance, and a 3MP CIF-video camera.

And the F400 is of course loaded with music features, starting with high fidelity sound tuned by Bang & Olufsen and ICEpower audio technology delivered via a slide up speaker that creates a 3D sound effect. The Samsung F400 also contains the SmartBass system with full digital amplifier.

 
Specifications
Networks Tri band GSM, 3G (HSDPA, 3.6Mbps)
Dimensions: 103.2×48.6×16.9mm
Weight: 93g
Display: TFT, 256K colours, 240×320 pixels, 2.2in
Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, video
GPRS: Class 10
Bluetooth: v2.0 with A2DP
USB: V2.0
Memory card slot: microSD
Battery: Standby up to 260h, talk time up to 2.5h
Samsung F400
 

Sony Ericsson W980i

Sony Ericsson has done it again; the W980i looks to have enough class and enough guts to get a long run in the spotlight. It’s a Walkman-series phone in a neat clamshell format, armed with 8GB of internal memory, 3MP camera, a built-in accelerometer, an exotic FM transmitter feature, and very cool light effects.

It’s finished in nice glossy plastic with a sexy mirror-like front panel that looks as though it has no controls on it – but when a key is pressed, the location of the touch-sensitive controls illuminates. They can be used for the music player and the FM radio without opening the lid.

The FM transmitter is a first on mobile phones, as far as we know – it sends music to a radio. It does a great job in a car and it can be very useful during a party too.

 
Specifications
Networks Quad band GSM, 3G (HSDPA, 3.6Mbps)
Dimensions: 92x46x16.9mm
Weight: 100g
Display: TFT, 256K colours, 240×320 pixels, 2.2in; second external TFT display, 256K colours (176×176 pixels)
Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, video; secondary videocall camera
GPRS: Class 10
Bluetooth: v2.0 with A2DP
USB: V2.0
Memory card: No (8GB internal memory)
Battery: Standby up to 370h, talk time up to 9h
Sony Ericsson W980i