CNET First Look
Neonode N2The Neonode N2 held great promise as a cute and innovative touch-screen phone, but its steep learning curve and high price keep us from recommending it.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> I'm Nicole Lee, Associate editor for CNET.com and this is the Neonode N2 and believe it or not, this is a cell phone. Yes, it doesn't really look like it at all. It looks more like an MP3 player or a GPS device even, but it's actually a touch-screen phone as you can see here. It relies on finger swipes to navigate through the interface and the menus. It's not like the iPhone. The iPhone is just you tapping and then scrolling through the sidebar as you would like a regular mouse cursor. But this one you get to actually rely on a certain grid, a certain just kind of finger movement. It has a pretty steep learning curve. For example, I had to take a whole day to like really get used to swiping my finger different way. Different swipes would sometimes trigger a different function that I didn't really want. So, definitely you have to read the manual for this kind of phone. If you don't wanna use the touch screen interface, there's also a little joystick at the bottom here, but the joystick is pretty stiff and kind of koogy, so it doesn't really work all that well. We would just prefer using the touch screen while we navigate through the phone. As far as features go, you do get a 2.0-megapixel camera on the back here. You got an MP3 player. There's a cool little video player as well. The only thing is, it is not available with a carrier in the U.S. just yet, so have to purchase it a lot, at a rather hefty price around two to $400 depending on where you buy it from online. So, pretty pricey phone, kind of hard to get used to. We're not huge fans of it, but it's definitely a cute, small, little phone, more I say [inaudible] I guess than an actual functional phone. My name is Nicole Lee and this has been Neonode N2. ^M00:01:44 [ Music ]