With its international focus, the GSMA World Congress offers great opportunities to see what smaller handset manufacturers are up to. We get enough , and news, so it's nice to see a different perspective. Our U.S. readers might remember NEC's brief entry into the American cell phone market. In 2003 and 2004, the Japanese company put out two phones for the old AT&T Wireless, the
In Barcelona I spied some very cool models in the company's booth. One my favorites was the NEC FOMA N705i for NTT DoCoMo. This supremely thin (0.38 inch) handset has an understated but striking style with clean lines and little clutter. A number of designs are available, but I looked at this snappy red model with the tiny LED dots that serve as the external display. Features include a bright 3-inch display, HSDPA support, and a camera with video and geotagging. It's also one of the firsthandsets.
And speaking of NTT DoCoMo, over in its booth was the N905i. It's another multimedia monster with a cool swiveling display and fantastic video performance.