Oh, snap. On Monday, Sony Ericsson kicked off its digital marketing campaign for its Xperia X1 smartphone, but the most interesting news to come out of the launch is that future Xperia models may not use Windows Mobile. Magnus Andersson, product manager for the X1, said, "The brand is not tied into any specific technical platform," but did not expand on what other mobile operating systems the company may consider.
Why? Why must you tease, Sony Ericsson? On Wednesday, the cell phone manufacturer announced an official launch date for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, but only for certain markets. Naturally, North America is not one of the lucky ones. No, only the United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden will be able to get their hands on the hot Xperia X1 come September 30, while the rest of us admire from afar and continue to wait it out.
Sony Ericsson isn't at CTIA Fall 2008 but it launched a shiny new cell phone in London. The Sony Ericsson G705 offers a hefty crop of features in a slim slider design in both black and gold.
Inside you'll find a 3.2-megapixel camera that can capture YouTube-compatible video. The high-end shooter offers a load of goodies, including a digital zoom, a flash and video light, picture blogging, and PictBridge photo printing.
Other offerings include stereo Bluetooth, a music player, an FM radio, support for Java, a speakerphone, Wi-Fi, messaging and e-mail, USB mass storage, personal organizer features, … Read more
It's not exactly the announcement we were looking for, but we'll take it as a sign that the launch of the highly anticipated Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 is that much closer. On Wednesday, Sony Ericsson released its Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Mobile 6.1 that will allow developers to create Web and native panels for the Xperia X1 smartphone.
If you'll remember, the Xperia X1, which was first introduced in February at GSMA, features a interactive panel interface that allows user to customize their Today screen. Given that capability, the SDK is an opportunity for … Read more
Last week we told you that T-Mobile launched the Sony Ericsson TM506. Over the past couple days we've had the opportunity to put it through its paces, and on the whole we like what we see. The design is simple, but attractive, and the feature set offers an admirable set of options including Assisted GPS.
But the biggest news is that the TM506 is the carrier's first 3G phone since it launched its 3G network last May. The TM506 brings wide support for wireless broadband networks, but we're disappointed that it supports only three GSM bands for … Read more
By default, all Windows Mobile PDA/phones come with Internet Explorer Mobile. Of late, some manufacturers have worked with Norway-based company Opera to bundle its Opera Mobile 9.5 with their handhelds. Some examples are the HTC Touch Diamond and Samsung Omnia, and now we can add another to that list--the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.
Opera Mobile 9.5 is currently in public beta, so anyone with a Windows Mobile PDA/phone can install a copy onto their device. But the versions that come pre-installed with devices aren't in beta. They have in fact been tested by the … Read more
T-Mobile launched a new cell phone on Thursday that marks two firsts for the carrier. The Sony Ericsson TM506 is not only the carrier's first Sony Ericsson phone in a couple of years, but also its first new 3G handset since it launched its wireless broadband network last May. The TM506 sports a slim flip phone design in an amber hue.
Features include a 2-megapixel camera, messaging, stereo Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, a speakerphone, integrated Assisted GPS, and basic organizer applications. Yet, its most exciting offering is its support for T-Mobile's nascent 3G network. That means support … Read more
AT&T has added another Sony Ericsson Walkman phone to its lineup, but it's not the Walkman we were hoping to see. Instead of the award-winning W760i, the carrier is offering the entry-level Sony Ericsson W350a.
Usually we like Walkman phones, but the W350a was an exception. Its flimsy design, unintuitive controls, and mediocre camera were distracting and the handset had middling call quality as well. It's not completely hopeless--music quality through headphones was satisfactory and the feature set is decent--but it's not our choice for a Walkman phone.
If you're an AT&T … Read more
Last January at CES 2008, the Sony Ericsson W760i was a finalist in the cell phones category for the Best of CES awards. At the time, several things caught our eye, most prominently its super world phone status. With support for four GSM bands and three 3G bands, the W760i is ready for use almost everywhere. But after a thorough review we found there's much more to this handset.
Inside an appealing and easy-to-use slider design, you'll find such attractions as a Walkman music player, an accelerometer, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, and Bluetooth. Performance was quite good … Read more
I've seen some hair-brained (hey-ooooo) ideas in my time, but this just might take the cake. For those of you who find Bluetooth headsets or the wired headsets that come with your cell phone too pedestrian, here's something that will certainly turn heads: a wired headset that looks like a hair dryer. Trust me, I wish I were making this up.
Yes, for just $7.59, you can talk to your family and friends through a hair dryer and be the object of various onlookers' ridicule envy. The cell phone hair dryer headset comes with various adapters that … Read more