CTIA Fall 2006
Nokia fessed up to the E62 some time ago, and it was a poorly kept secret at best that the device would launch on Cingular, the only real question left to answer was when. Yesterday the two companies answered that and let everyone know the E62 would go on sale before the end of this month.
Once the E62 was announced, then both companies revealed how closely they worked together on this project. Cingular basically hand picked which hardware and software features from the E61 would be inculded in this smartphone. Cingular wanted to bring out a QWERTY phone that was affordable enough and simple enough to appeal to a broader range of people. Cingular executives admitted they chose to leave out features like 3G and Wi-Fi to keep costs down. They also asked Nokia to drop their Pop-Port connector from the E62 and use mini-USB instead.
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But Cingular also added a few bits to the E62 as well. We knew the smartphone had a "My Own" key which serves as a shortcut to 5 applications the users can choose. The interface for it looks very similar to the media key on Nseries devices. It also has a version of Oz IM - a multi-IM client which can do Yahoo!, MSN and AIM. The E62 includes email software for syncing to Good, Blackberry, Exchange Server, and Cingular Xpress mail.
The E50 trades the E62's keyboard for a 1.3 Megapixel camera, but otherwise the two match nearly spec for spec (the E50 has a Micro SD slot not Mini SD). However the E50 doesn't look like a smartphone at all.
It is shockingly thin and actually rather small. It looks like a classic Nokia candybar - almost like an 6310 because of its rounded top, curved face, and clean thin form. Compared to Nokia's other Eseries phones, which are squarish and clunky, the E50 looks positively sexy.
They keys of the E50 feel large and nice, making it comfortable to tap out a reply to an email on the keypad, even though it would probably be shorter than one written on the E62. The QVGA screen is much smaller than the E62s, which makes it look much sharper - much like how the N80 / E70 screen looks even though that screen is much higher resolution.
The E50 is not for sale yet, but should be out this year. No American carrier has officially placed it on their roster yet, but considering it has all the same specs as the E62, Cingular could choose to pick it up if the E62 sells well. Maybe even T-Mobile will dabble in S60. At the very least, Nokia will offer it in their flagship stores and online.
Hands On with Casio's Android Wear Watch
Casio is finally getting into the proper smartwatch game with an Android Wear watch, in the form of the creatively-named "Smart Outdoor Watch". Weirdly, it doesn't don the G-Shock brand, but it's clearly of that lineage.
Hands On with the Casio WSD-F20 Smartwatch
Casio trotted out its second-generation Android Wear smartwatch this week. The WSD-F20 is a major improvement over last year's model thanks to the addition of GPS and Android Wear 2.0.
CTIA to Fight Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Law
The CTIA has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of overturning a Berkeley, Calif., regulation that will require sellers of cell phones to post warnings about radiation risks. The law, approved in Berkeley last month, will force retailers to post signs warning consumers of the dangers posed by cell phone wireless signals.
Los Angeles Subway to Be Fitted with Cell and WiFi Service
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority began work this week on adding cellular and WiFi service to select stations along the Red line. Four stations will receive cellular and WiFi service by May, and the tunnels between them will be linked by August under phase one of the project.
CTIA Believes FCC's Power Should Be Kept In Check
The CTIA Wireless Association recently recommended to congress that it limit the powers of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the wireless industry. The comments come in response to a white paper published by the House Committee On Energy and Commerce earlier this year.
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