Nokia Adds to XpressMusic Line with the 5630
Today Nokia announced the newest handset in its XpressMusic line, the 6530, a bar-style phone that runs S60 rather than Series 40. The 5630 integrates some of the elements seen in S60 5th Edition (which is used for the 5800 and N97), including the new Contact Bar, which lets users find and interact with their favorite contacts much faster. The application shortcut bar has been moved to the bottom of the screen. Other key features include Nokia's Say and Play software, which lets users speak the name of an artist or song to automatically play it. The 5630 also supports 16GB microSD cards (it will be boxed with a 4GB card. It has a 3.5mm headset jack, a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, and is compatible with Nokia's N-Gage gaming platform. It costs $256 and will be available in the second quarter of 2009.
Microsoft Trots Out Nokia 222 Feature Phone
Microsoft today announced the Nokia 222, a bar-style feature phone that runs Nokia Series 30+ and includes only the most essential functions. The Nokia 222's core apps include MSN Weather, Bing Search, Opera Mini, as well as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter.
Microsoft Announces the Nokia 215
Microsoft today revealed the Nokia 215, a $29 feature phone meant to help more people get online for the first time. The bar-style phone has a 2.4-inch screen and a numeric keypad.
Microsoft Debuts Entry-Level Nokia 130 Handset
Microsoft today announced the Nokia 130, a simple, inexpensive handset meant for first-timers and emerging markets. The candybar-style phone runs the Series 30 platform and includes a 1.8-inch screen, stereo headphone jack, Bluetooth 3.0, and support for memory cards up to 32GB.
T-Mobile Adds Kyocera Rally to Prepaid Lineup
Kyocera today announced the Rally, a bar-style feature phone for T-Mobile's prepaid business. The Rally is a traditional cell phone that includes a 1.8-inch screen and a physical key pad for dialing numbers.