The Party Line — Phone Buzz of the Day


Here are some of today’s phone conversations I enjoyed reading or viewing on the web, along with some brief thoughts:

samsung-omniaproSamsung OmniaPRO B7330 launching in October (Akihabara News) — The QWERTY keyboard on this Windows Mobile handset reminds me of the one used by BlackBerry Tour, but maybe it’s just the “smile” under the keyboard. Samsung will offer this with a 320 x 320 display, which gets two thumbs up from me — 240 x 320 has been around since Pocket PC 2000. The device will feature a 3 megapixel shooter, FM radio and support for 7.2Mbps HSDPA. The OmniaPRO will run Windows Mobile 6.5, which tells me we’ll see it on or about October 6. There’s a slew of other handsets in the upcoming Omnia lineup as well, so pick your poison accordingly.

Sony Ericsson joining Android bandwagon with Xperia X3 (Unwired View) — Looks like Google’s mobile operating system does have legs after all. I jest, but it seems like everyone (but Apple) is becoming an Android cheerleader. Sony Ericsson is likely to be next with the Xperia X2 X3, possibly as early as January of next year. This one is expected to be all screen — 4-inches with a not-so-standard 800 x 400 resolution, and an 8 megapixel camera. Android on a budget, this isn’t.

zunehdBrowser wars: ZuneHD vs Windows Mobile 6.5 (pocketnow) — OK, the ZuneHD isn’t a phone at all, but it might be someday. Pocketnow offers up a video comparison (6:20) of Microsoft’s browsers for these two mobile devices. I have a ZuneHD review unit on the way and I’ll be hitting the browser myself because I’m hearing mixed reports on it. It does have a nice minimalistic view that reminds me of Fennec though. Have a look and see for yourself.

iphone-paper-dockMake a usable iPhone dock from cardstock (Mobile Computer) — It bugs me that I didn’t get a dock with my iPhone 3GS and it doesn’t quite fit in the old original iPhone dock. Sure I could pay $29 to Apple, but why not make one from cardstock? A French site offers a printable cut and fold version that’s better than nothing. It even supports holding the iPhone in landscape mode for viewing vids. Time to go find the Xacto knife.

xpphoneWindows XP and phone all in one (jkkmobile) — We’ve been down this road before yet the destination was never as good as the journey. This time it’s the xpPhone that’s priceless. I don’t mean priceless as in “you want it at any price,” but rather the price hasn’t been fixed yet. What would you pay for a 4.8-inch touchscreen device running Windows XP on an AMD Super Mobile CPU with integrated 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and more?



There’s a typo in the Xperia story. The X2 will be running WinMo 6.5 and will be released shortly. The X3 is the Android-based device (as the title correctly suggests).


Seems like most Zune reviews totally have glossed over or ignored the atrocious slowness of the browser and the 30+ second load time of even the simple apps like chess.

Given the extremely poor performance demonstrated in the ArsTechnica article, I find myself wonder how sites like CNET and PC Mag can rave about how good the Zune browser and cool the apps are (no one but Ars seems to have mentioned to compulsory video ads you have to watch when you launch the game apps).

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