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HTC Vox Moto Q9 Sony Ericsson Windows Mobile 6  

Feb 15, 2007, 2:40 PM   by Eric Lin & Rich Brome

Our report from this year's 3GSM event in Barcelona. Hands-on with hot new phones from HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, and Nokia, plus Windows Mobile 6, roll-up displays, and LG's Prada phone.

HTC's most interesting new announcement at 3GSM this year is the phone formerly known as the Vox. The new, official HTC name is the S710, although that's only how it will be branded on the unlocked phone market, since each carrier that offers it will call it something completely different. Therefore the "Vox" code-name remains a handy, generic way to refer to this device.

The Vox is a bit of a Transformer with it's 2-in-1 design. It's designed to combine the best of a regular bar-style phone form factor with the best features of today's advanced smartphones.

Looking at it as a phone, it's small and pocketable, and it has a regular numeric keypad with large keys for easy number dialing and one-handed T9 texting. Comparing it to a Hermes (Cingular 8525, etc.) the Hermes is much larger, and doesn't offer any way to enter text one-handed since it lacks a standard number pad when closed.

Snap open the sliding keyboard, however, (and it does "snap" open quite nicely,) and you have a full QWERTY keyboard and landscape QVGA display, just like a Motorola Q or Samsung BlackJack. Like both of those phones, the Vox runs the Standard edition of Windows Mobile (what was known as "Smartphone" edition under version 5.)

The form factor is very similar to the LG F9200, and also has traits in common with LG's enV. What sets this apart from the LGs is the real smartphone OS on the Vox. In that category, the Vox will compete against phones like Nokia's E70.

The Vox feels fantastic. It's a great size and weight, and it feels solid all-around, including the spring-assisted slide action. The screen is wonderful: clear and very bright.

I did find two small gripes, though. First, the keys would really benefit from being more raised. It's not a bad keyboard, but it's not the best I've tried. Secondly, its 200 MHz OMAP processor doesn't make it the speediest phone out there; it felt pretty sluggish to me. However, the software I tried is still beta at this point, so the final version may be snappier.

As for other specs, most of them are about what you'd expect: Windows Mobile 6 Standard edition, quad-band GSM, EDGE data, microSD memory card slot, and a 2 megapixel camera. One feature that stands out is Wi-Fi.

HTC has been pitching the Vox to US GSM carriers, but according to VP Todd Achilles, none have bitten yet. T-Mobile's Dash is a very similar device in terms of features, so it's understandable that T-Mobile would pass on the Vox. It's less clear why Cingular would pass up such a promising phone.

On the bright side, HTC has previously discussed a CDMA version called the Libra, which they confirmed was still on track for release with a major US carrier later this year.



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Feb 14, 2007, 4:11 PM

Q9 for VZW?

Anyone know anything about this device coming to VZW?...or as I like to call it, MacWireless...?
They said there's a CDMA version coming out this year so I would assume it's intended for VZW.
In the one picture of the Q9 and Q side by side, you can see the small Cingular logo on the top left soft key.

Feb 22, 2007, 6:37 PM

Readius video

It was pretty neat to see it flip open and close...but other than that the presenter did a terrible job of showing us what it's capable of.
the presenter was a german (i think) engineer for the company that designed the screen. it took me recording about 20 minutes of him talking and continually asking leading questions just to get him to show us and tell us what you see there. i apologiz...

Feb 18, 2007, 1:25 PM

Q9 + Wi-Fi?

Will the Q9 have Wi-Fi? I'm assuming it will be 3G capable (WCDMA/HSDPA) on Cingular's network?

Will it be quad band? (850/900/1800/1900)

WiFi: no

Quad-band: yes

Feb 14, 2007, 2:04 PM

where is sophia???

what happend to sonyericsson 5 megaphixel sophia??? i hope there is more parts to this with more sonyericsson phones.
There will be more information released, that was only the first day.
Nope. They did announce other phones, but none with any relevance to the US.

Feb 16, 2007, 10:18 PM

Which carrier will have the blackberry 8800?

I really hope the blackberry 8800 comes to t-mobile. Any thoughts on who will have it and how much it will release for?
T-Mobile will have the 8800 in April or May.
I've been waiting for VERIZON to come out with a Camera phone BLACKBERRY. Do you know when that will be?

Feb 16, 2007, 5:00 PM


Read the artilce, does not sound that bad, just curious what carrier will carry the LG Prada??
No US carrier.

Feb 16, 2007, 1:01 PM

Moto Z8

Which carrier do you think will be selling this phone? Rolling Eyes
I dont believe anybody has picked up the RIZR Z3 yet, so to begin with it will probably just be available unlocked. I have sold a few of the Z3s unlocked so far. This update is even sweeter.
None in the US. This is made for certain overseas carriers like Three that want UIQ devices.

Feb 14, 2007, 9:12 AM


Did anyone else see that Jack was on one picture of the q9? I foresee many headaches! Motorola, GSM, Windows! Paranoid CS watch out! many warranty calls to follow... Laughing
No I didn't. And still don't. The only marking on the Q9 is a Vodafone logo on the back cover.

Feb 15, 2007, 7:13 PM

Touch screen UI and N2

I read a lot about the new N2 that was displayed. Did you compare it's user interface to the Prada phone and the other touchscreens that were iphonelike? Did the model there look like it was almost ready-for-primetime?

Feb 15, 2007, 6:01 PM

Thanks from all of us

Rich and Eric, you guys did a great job of your coverage.

Could you give us any time frame for the release of these new smart phones from Moto, Nokia, Samsung and HTC?

Also which carrier will have these beauties?

Feb 15, 2007, 1:43 PM

Ultra Music Suprise

You guys said in your CES coverage that you were "sworn to secrecy" over the CDMA US-Bound ultra music.

Is the big suprise color choices? If not, what?
We were sworn to secrecy on certain things about Ultra Music at CES.

Later we were able to reveal that a CDMA version is coming to the US. That was pretty much the "surprise".

Feb 14, 2007, 5:26 PM

Vox or S710

That SIM slot sure looks like trouble out there on the edge of the sliding mechanism.
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