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HTC Athena/ Dopod U1000

Qtek 8500/Dopod S300

LG KE800

LG KG810

LG KG920

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LG KF600

LG P7200

LG S5200

LG U830

Motorola E6

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Nokia 1265

Nokia 1325

Nokia 5300

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Nokia N76

Nokia N95 cam vs SE K800

Palm Treo 750v

Panasonic VS7

RIM Blackberry 8700v

Samsung D800

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Samsung G1000

Samsung i600

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Samsung SPH-G1000

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Samsung X820

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Sharp 903

Sharp 910SH

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SonyEricsson J110/J120

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SonyEricsson K530

SonyEricsson K550

SonyEricsson K770

SonyEricsson K810

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SonyEricsson T650

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SonyEricsson W880

SonyEricsson W850

SonyEricsson W900

SonyEricsson W910

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SonyEricsson Z320

SonyEricsson Z550

SonyEricsson Z610

Toshiba TS30

Toshiba TX80

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Thursday, August 30, 2007  
after all these years of struggle, sony has finally given up on their ATRAC technology and opted to open up their Walkman. so the announced the all new A series, of uninteresting designs but very capable functions that are really honestly comparable to iPods. drag and drop, and also supports WMP (with WMA DRM). i think microsft is the biggest winner here. sony will be shutting down the CONNECT music store in 2008 as well. i feel sorry for them, but this is what happens when you ignore consumers' voices for YEARS.

i hope sonyericsson won't repeat their mistake, because their flagship phones don't have a flag this year.

here's what samsung's doing with their mp3 players. the yp-p2. 3" 428x240 touch screen. 100x52.9.2, supporting all MP3, WMV, WMA, H.264 (MPEG4 AVC), MPEG-4 (ASF). oh, it doesnt require you to use iTunes either. i will take this over a nano anytime.

you want tips sony? simply look across the sea at korea. you should be ashamed of your 1997-style UI

despite criticism to the video quality of their HD xacti video camcorders, sanyo has upgraded the series this morning, claiming the title of the world's smallest 1920x1080pixels full HD d-cam, and the design does look great imho

very ergonomic and comfortable. the black version should be featured in batman movie, seriously.

max bit rate is only 12Mbps, which is a bit worrying to be honest (panasonic's 1920x1080 at 13mbps, sony's and canon's 1440x1080 at 15mbps)
we'll have to see how the actual production model performs, i really hope it does well because this thing is quite close to the price-range of panasonic SD7

HTC Nike (the slider version of HTC Touch) came out to be HT1100 under NTT DoCoMo.
this might attract some cooperate users, (esp non-japanese ones, but how big is that market? tiny!). docomo is now making themselves look like the vodafone KK (who failed years ago), they're also announcing this fingerprinting-enabled ugly looking fujitsu slider (F1100) with a very amateur design, wm6 and wayyyy too many buttons.

without a great screen, and lack of i-mode support, this will need some killer design (what? FOMA without i-mode, how can you live without i-mode? panic panic panic). no felica? what? coperate users? but why is there a camera? cameras are not allowed in our buildings! you see? this just doesn't work.

oh one more big problem, nation-wide panic, no LED indication for missed calls/messages?? gosh, i thought the taiwanese *knew* the japanese market.

i'm not sure the japanese market will buy this to be honest, this will do VERY well in hong kong and the rest of asia pacific howver. anyway, this HT1100 is still reasonably thin at 16.5mm, no news on CPU and RAM yet as it is subject to change. my bet is 300mhz and 128mb RAM, and they're still having issues with battery (HSDPA plus wm6 in that body, go figure)

good luck, NTT docomo. i'm not too impressed with ur 705i/905i either. you need to hunt some head from AU seriously before it's too late.

and HTC please, forget about the japanese market, what are you trying to prove. the next big thing should be entry-level WM6 device for everybody. or one that packs a decent camera in a REASONABLE size.

trapped in the maze of time..11:29 AM

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