Phone madness continues on in Barcelona, Spain, as the second day of GSMA Mobile World Congress comes to a close., Microsoft announced , and , a new tool that lets mobile phone users to aggregate their social-networking updates and messaging in one spot on their phones. T-Mobile also finally . There's also hope for an Android phone, as well as an Austrian version of the iPhone by the end of the year on T-Mobile. , a much improved maps application for its smart phones.
But let's move on to what you really want to know about--all the new and shiny gadgets. We take a closer look at the HTC Touch) and hints at a new version of Windows Mobile., the first Windows Mobile smart phone by Sony Ericsson. It's tricked out with a huge 3-inch screen, an arc sliding QWERTY keyboard, HSDPA/HSUPA, a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, and Wi-Fi. HTC, a well-known Taiwanese manufacturer of smart phones, also announced a couple of new devices. The first is the (we highly suggest a nicer name), a Windows Mobile 6 smartphone that comes with built-in GPS and TomTom Navigator 6 software, plus a 2.8-inch touchscreen, and a 2-megapixel camera. HTC also announced a revamped (a la the
LG also announced a few new phones. One of them is a Symbian-powered smartphone dubbed the, which has a 2.4-inch screen, a QWERTY keyboard, and HSDPA. Then LG introduced yet another touchscreen wonder, the , which is essentially the GSM version of the LG Venus. Bonnia Cha took a closer look at the , and marveled at its beautiful touchscreen, as well as its slider keypad. The KF700 has a music and video player, a 3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and 90MB of internal memory, and a microSD expansion slot.
Samsung made the biggest splash today though, with. We already mentioned the Samsung Soul on Day 1, and on Day 2, . The F400 is a phone with a definite multimedia focus, complete with a music player, stereo speakers, an amplifier with Bang & Olufsen technology, and a 3-megapixel camera. Both the F480 and the F490 look a lot like a certain phone from Apple. The F490 has a large 3.2-inch touch-screen display, a 5-megapixel camera, Google Search, plus a 3.5mm headset jack that isn't recessed. The F480 on the other hand, has a 2.8-inch touch-screen display, a 5-megapixel camera, FM radio, and e-mail.
Taking a departure from the touch-screen phones for a bit,, a slider phone running on the Symbian S60 operating system that has a 5-megapixel camera, TV out, GPS, and Wi-Fi. is a little on the lower end, with a 3-megapixel camera, an FM radio, and Bluetooth.
To round up the day's coverage, we took a look at, plus a closer look at prototype phones running the .