Mobiles for TV

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Most of the networks are looking at mobile TV as a potential money-spinner (or at least as a way of using all that expensive 3G bandwith). The first serious trials have been completed, and the news is
generally good: the punters will go for TV on the mobile… if the price is right, and if the content is right. But which handset should you be selling them?

Motorola E1000
3, O2, Vodafone
PLUS
3G
Big, bright screen (one of the first with 262K colours) with landscape display option
Decent 1.2mp camera with 8x zoom, plus second VGA camera for video messaging
Bluetooth, MP3 player,
quad band, TransFlash memory card
MINUS
Chunky: 138g, 113x54x20mm
No flash for camera
Battery life could be better
Memory card located awkwardly under battery

WE SAY
Carries its age well (launched Nov 2004) – a great 3G all-rounder and a good TV viewer.

Nokia 6280
3, O2, Orange, Vodafone
PLUS
3G
Excellent 262K display with landscape mode
2mp main camera, 8x digital zoom, and integrated flash; plus VGA camera for video
Bluetooth, USB, infrared, MP3
MINUS
No expansion memory shipped in the box
Styling isn’t to everyone’s taste

WE SAY
A sleek slider, good at taking moving pictures as well as displaying them.

Nokia 6630
3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone
PLUS
3G
Business apps include full email, support for Virtual Private Networks, reader for Microsoft Office documents
64MB memory card supplied
Excellent battery life for a 3G smartphone
Good network choice
MINUS
Reliability problems
Gimmicky shape
No video calling
Display is only 64K colours

WE SAY

Nokia’s first 3G smartphone (Symbian 60) and another decent all-rounder despite its relative age.

Nokia 6680
3, O2, Orange, Vodafone
PLUS
3G
Sleek design
Two good cameras: 1.3mp with 6x zoom, slide cover, flash plus VGA video camera
Excellent 262K screen with automatic brightness control
Good signal reception
MINUS
Slow menus
Uncomfortable to use for people with small hands
A bit too heavy at 133g

WE SAY
Better looking and more reliable than the 6630. A businesslike phone that works well for TV, despite the relatively small screen.

Nokia 7710
O2, Vodafone
PLUS
Widescreen smartphone
90MB internal memory plus another 128MB on memory card
Loads of business and organiser apps
Bluetooth, FM radio, MP3
MINUS
Not everyone will like touch screen as sole input option
Too bulky to use comfortably as a handheld phone (headset is essential).
Weighs 189g
Could be faster

WE SAY
It may be an iffy phone but it’s a great TV viewer (and not bad as a PDA-type organiser with email and web capabilities).

Nokia N70
O2, Orange,T-Mobile, Vodafone
PLUS
3G
Symbian 60 under the hood, including its great setup wizard
Good 262K colour screen
Understated but stylish design
Two cameras, including 2mp
Network choice
30MB internal memory plus 64MB card supplied
MINUS
No standard 3.5mm jack for headphones
WE SAY
Classy smartphone with great video and good TV capabilities. A good all-rounder.

Samsung D600
O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone
PLUS
Crisp 256k colour 240×320 screen
TV Out for playing video and TV on a monitor
Extras – good 2mp camera, excellent video recording, MP3, Bluetooth, USB, microSD memory expansion
Looks great, feels great, works well
MINUS
No memory card in the box
WE SAY
Surprisingly good at most things, and while it’s not 3G it will do until Samsung’s Z130 (swivelling wide-screen display) arrives.


Sony Ericsson S700i

Vodafone
PLUS
Cool minimalist Scandanavian-style looks
Ultra-thin
Stylish perforated aluminium outer cover
MINUS
Camera is only VGA
Only 128×160 display
No Bluetooth or media
Battery life average to poor
Some may find the styling a bit old-fashioned (they’re wrong)

WE SAY
Arguably overdesigned and underpowered. But what a looker!

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