Feb 13, 2006, 9:22 PM by Rich Brome and Eric Lin
On-the-scene report from Barcelona. Hands-on with the Samsung i320, i-mate Smartflip, Nokia 6136, Sony Ericsson W950, and more.
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Another month, another trade show. It's that season, and this month it's the 3GSM World Congress. 3GSM is the big mobile phone industry show for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa). Most of the news generally focuses on that region, but it's enough of global show that there's usually a good amount of news relevant to North America as well.
This year, the show moved to Barcelona, Spain, after outgrowing its previous venue, Cannes.
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Stereo BT on the nokia 6131?
"Although Nokia considers it mid-range, the 6131 is fairly feature-packed, including quad-band GSM, EDGE, stereo Bluetooth, a megapixel camera, and a microSD card slot."
but that is the only place i see that says it has stereo bluetooth. can anyone confirm that it does?
How's the W950's keypad?
thanx in advance rich
But I hated the keypad. Thought it was terrible.
Eric liked it, though, so it's all subjective.
Anyone have any thoughts on why MS and VM would attach themselves to a platform that plans to use DAB, rather than DVB-H? From what I've heard, DVB is much more likely to become the eventual standard... or, if not, then something other than DAB (FLO, TDtv, etc).
Is it just that they want to get to market first, screw the eventual problems?
Samsung i320 vs. Motorola Q Plastics/Build Quality
Thank you! As you can see, I am very concerned about exterior build quality in my handsets. Motorola historically hasn't delivered that, for me.
But of course the Q will be EVDO for Verizon. The i320 will be GSM for Europe... so in real life most people won't be able to choose between the two.
anything more from Nokia?
i'll bet they wanted to show off the N80, but we know that story.
Pantech is exhibiting their global portfolio here, including their GSM lineup and best CDMA phones. The 8300 is part of that, and it just happens to...
Pantech Exterior Build Quality?
It's not a small or light phone, so the A800 is probably a good comparison.
Danger and Sidekick 3?
A new Sidekick 3 is definitely coming, but no official details yet, and the Danger folks wouldn't talk about it.
They'd love to ge...
It's a tough job.......
yeah, right. I bet you love what you do, Rich. Barcelona. Cannes. All because you can code internet languages and got into phones. Life is sweet, eh?
Good job with the updates. This is always the most interesting part of the site. I'm eager to see what else will come out of 3GSM, and I'm sure you have some good stuff in store.