Touch interface rivals the iPhone, and even beats it with vibrating
“haptic” feedback when you tap the screen; speedy 3G data access for
video and music, as well as tethering to a laptop; almost the same size
and weight as the iPhone; expandable memory.
Probably in the $200250 range
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
first Windows Mobile phone made by Sony Ericsson, the Xperia X1 boasts
an “arc-slider” form factor, a full QWERTY keypad, and a unique
“paneled” interface running atop the Windows Mobile OS.
One-touch panels look promising; “arc” form factor ideal for viewing
the display while typing; three-inch, razor-sharp WVGA screen;
“optical” joystick makes it easier to scroll through Web pages; full
Office and Exchange support; on-board Wi-Fi.
Cons: Relatively heavy and bulky; Windows Mobile interface much trickier to use than the iPhone UI; sure to be pricey.
Availability: Later this year
Price: No details yet, but bound to be $400 or more
This thin, light, and stylish HSDPA-enabled handset boasts AT&T’s new live TV service,
which delivers about nine channels of streaming video. It also comes
with a slick animated interface, mobile email, and AT&T’s one-way
video conferencing service.
video quality using AT&T’s live TV service; slips easily into a
jeans pocket; access to full-track music downloads; memory expansion.
Interface doesn’t take full advantage of the Vu’s touchscreen
abilities; no Wi-Fi; no Exchange support; expensive considering what
Availability: Later this month on AT&T
the old enV music phone, except with a 2.8-inch touchscreen display on
the outside flip. Inside the clamshell you’ll find a full QWERTY
keypad, while couch potatoes can tune in to Verizon’s live TV service.
Snazzy touch interface; physical QWERTY keypad for tapping out long
messages; 3G data access for on-demand video clips, full-track music
downloads, and speedy Web browsing; turn-by-turn GPS navigation; memory
Cons: Relatively big and bulky; Web
browser’s so-so HTML rendering pales compared to the iPhone’s browser;
no Exchange support; no Wi-Fi; pricey.
Availability: Now on Verizon Wireless
and slim enough to fit in a jeans pocket; clever TouchFlo interface
makes for easy access to oft-used phone features; full Office and
Exchange support; 3G data access for on-demand video clips and
full-track music downloads.
Cons: Good luck
navigating the tricky Windows Mobile interface without a stylus;
virtual QWERTY keypad makes for clunky typing; no Wi-Fi.
Availability: Now on Sprint