Fall 2009 Preview
Phone Scoop was able to spend a few moments with a bunch of new handsets from Pantech, Casio and Kyocera. Read our first impressions of the Impact, Rock, Incognito and others here.
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Pantech was (finally) showing off the Impact, which was announced in October but not actually seen. For some reason Pantech and AT&T didn't want to share images of this device until today. That said, it's a really attractive phone, so we don't know why they were hiding it.
The Impact is a sideways clamshell that has a capacitive touch keypad on the front of the phone. When the keypad is not illuminated, the surface is mirrored and reflective. It is a sharp looking phone, especially with the chrome rim that rings the outside of the front panel. Dialing on the capacitive touch pad felt OK, and the Impact provides haptic feedback as you dial.
The clamshell opens to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard within, as well as a D-pad and other soft keys/controls.
I thought this keyboard was excellent. The keys are nicely sculpted, have excellent travel and feedback, and the overall spacing of the keyboard was comfortable. The D-pad was just a bit on the small side, but it worked well.
I didn't care for the way the soft keys and send/end keys were placed above the keyboard. They're a little awkward to figure out, and I often found myself hitting the wrong button. They all had good travel and feedback, though.
The Impact is running the same feature phone user interface that is found on most AT&T phones. It was snappy and worked well, offering quick access to applications such as the camera, browser, and so on.
In sum, the Impact is a very well built and solid phone that should be appealing to the messaging crowd.
Here is a brief video that details the highlights of the Sanyo Incognito, a new sideways clamshell messaging phone for Sprint. It has a full QWERTY keyboard, social networking apps, and the OneClick user interface.
After "soft-launching" with the Plex phone last year, TCL is now previewing its first widely-available lineup of own-brand phones: the 10 series, all of which offer premium features for under $500. TCL officially announced very few details of the three phones, but shared more with Phone Scoop in a hands-on session.
TCL has put out a few folding-screen concepts in the past year, and now they have a new one to show off at CES. It's a little more polished and functional than previous concepts, but it's also definitely not market-ready.
Moto's new g-series phones bring up-to-date features, upgraded specs, and clean Google software to three models ranging from $200 to $300. This year's series moves to a notched-screen design, steps up to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, and supports USB-C across the board.
Razer has introduced a new accessory that adds full-size physical game controls to a much wider range of phones than its previous Junglecat accessory. The Kishi comes in versions for both iOS and Android.
I like the decepticon look to it