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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.

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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Jun 18, 2006, 10:57 PM

Stereo BT on the nokia 6131?

at the bottom of the page it says

"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?


Feb 15, 2006, 10:54 AM

How's the W950's keypad?

this seems like a really cool device, despite the lack of camera, i'm just wondering how the 'flush' feeling keypad felt. Especially the dedicated music keys (they looked cramped)

thanx in advance rich
is it quadband, or am i dreaming. i did just wake up 🤣
The music keys are actually the 1 2 3 keys. No sepaate keys. That part works fine.

But I hated the keypad. Thought it was terrible.

Eric liked it, though, so it's all subjective.

Feb 16, 2006, 3:41 PM


I've been reading about this "partnership" between Microsoft, Virgin and BT to work together on a mobile TV effort called Movio.

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?
I guess so. It also might have to do with the spectrum that's available or something else peculiar to the UK.

Feb 16, 2006, 1:02 AM

Samsung i320 vs. Motorola Q Plastics/Build Quality

I noticed that in the i320 article, it was mentioned that the Q felt hollow and cheap. Does it feel hollow in the way of cheap plastics (like the E815), or just simply becasue it is light? How much better are the plastics/build quality on the Samsung?

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.
I think there's a big difference in favor of the Samsung.

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. ☹️

Feb 14, 2006, 6:28 PM

anything more from Nokia?

back during CES, rich hinted at some big news from nokia. is the UMA phone it the news? are there high end phones coming?

i'll bet they wanted to show off the N80, but we know that story.
We spent some hands-on time with the new Nokias announced this week. We'll have that report and photos posted soon.

Feb 14, 2006, 12:47 PM

8300? Helio?

am I the only person who sees the inherent contradiction of a CDMA handset and carrier showing off at a trade show called 3GSM? Who are they marketing to? All those europeans who gotta have Ev-DO while in the states???
Helio isn't showing it off. In fact, they're probably pretty pissed off that it's being shown here.

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...

Feb 14, 2006, 7:19 PM

Pantech Exterior Build Quality?

For those of you who have held the new Helios phone...How is the build quality? Is it up to the Samsung A800 for example?
It seems pretty good and solid to me.

It's not a small or light phone, so the A800 is probably a good comparison.

Feb 13, 2006, 10:14 PM

Danger and Sidekick 3?

Any word if Danger will announce the Sidekick 3?
Nope. Just talked to them. Nothing new. They have some new content deal for soccer in Europe, but that's about it.

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...
I've seen pics of skIII online, but nothing official. who's to say they aren't fake pics anyway.

Feb 14, 2006, 12:40 PM

It's a tough job.......

but someone has to do it.

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.
Invader J

Feb 13, 2006, 10:12 PM


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