More info about the Nokia Intrigue, Samsung Trance, and LG VX11000
This article contains unofficial information.
First is the Nokia Intrigue 7205, which we brought you exclusive pictures of last week. We are told that the Intrigue will have an environmental theme with Energy Star compliant charging, an alert to tell you to remove the charger once fully charged, environmentally themed wallpapers, come with different menu themes, and will be packaged an in eco-friendly small box. Another new feature called "Habitat Mode" will let you easily access your most accessed contacts from the main screen and view the last calls and messages you had with them. It is also customizable so you can have only the people you socialize with the most displayed, instead of the entire contact list. Specifications include a 2.2" QVGA TFT Internal Display with 262K color support and a PMOLED 176x32 pixel External Display. The dimensions are 3.58" H x 1.85"W x 0.54"D and it has a weight of 3.19oz. Expect the Intrigue to be released on March 23rd for $129 after a $50 rebate with a 2-year contract.
Next is the Samsung U490, which we found out yesterday will be called the Trance. It is a touchscreen slider and will fully replace the Juke, since it's designed as a music-centric phone, but will only have 1GB of internal storage instead of 2GB. Today we learned that there is a microSDHC memory card slot, which can accept up to 16GB cards. The Trance is expected out in Q2.
Last, but not least, is the LG VX11000, which some people are calling the "Voyager 2", even though there isn't an official name yet. We are told that the VX11000 will have a different form factor than the current Voyager, with a slide out QWERTY keyboard, multi-touch display, 3.2MP autofocus camera, and 16GB microSDHC card support. Since it's not a clamshell, like the current Voyager, there will not be an internal display. No word on when this one will be out, but were hearing Q3-Q4.
1. Treblemaker (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Mar 2009)
"slide out QWERTY keyboard", sounds like the samsung glyde, which means trouble. We will see what this means for LG.
2. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)
LG phones generally work well. I think the 11000 might be my next phone.
4. tanders04 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
Eh, I can kinda see how some one with only exposure to VZW would make that claim but in all reality a touch screen with a slide out QWERTY is far, far more common and the bad experience that is the Glyde doesn't even really register on that map. Really the Glyde is an anomaly in all ways. Samsung usually puts out better touchscreens and slide out QWERTYs (IMO) is generally a better form factor, just that one phone with that combination sucked. Either way, I'm thrilled by the news that its a slide out QWERTY. VZW needs more of those. The clamshell design was kinda pointless. Hopefully this will end up looking a bit like AT&T's Zenon, which is a pretty nice looking device.
8. Legion (Posts: 397; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
GADZOOKS! A slider! Question! For those familiar with the versas upcoming slideout game pad, we all know that a keyboard variation will be made eventually and when that happens, wont a versa with a slide out keyboard be the same exact idea they are trying to achieve here??? (Minus a few things like motv of course......)
10. tanders04 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
No. I don't think you'll see another keyboard for the Versa. Its got one now. There were rumors of an internet module that would have wi-fi and a keyboard so that could be a slide out but I really don't think you'll see a slide out standalone keyboard when it comes with a folding one.
13. remixfa (Posts: 14251; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the glyde is being re-released... as the glyde. it will however have a completely different touch screen and different software. it will be a rolling launch in probably 2-3 months. also the alias is being refreshed as well. samnsung needs more devices on vzw!!
14. souleater93 (Posts: 86; Member since: 20 Mar 2009)
i hope they refresh the alias, right now i have the dare and i hate the way the touch screen will recalibrate and its too hard to use the qwerty keyboard when texting fast
15. Cali_E (Posts: 196; Member since: 24 Sep 2008)
that was a pretty retarded thing to say, the reason the glyde sucks is because of the type of touchscreen it uses, not the fact that its a slider.
3. Armo (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Dec 2008)
i hope they call it the Voyager 2 still. if it has S-Class 3D it will be a good phone. hopeful the next enV goes back to being high end.
5. brikz4real (Posts: 173; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)
"..... Another new feature will let you easily access your contacts from the main screen...." This is what the report said about the Intrigue. Are you serious? I think every phone in the WORLD has THAT!!! Look at any Verizon phone and you will see "Contacts" listed to the right and is accessible by the right soft key. Don't get any easier that that.
7. tanders04 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
Here are some screen shots of it: http://www.engadgetmobile.com/
2009/03/19/nokia-intrigue-filtering-into-verizon-stores-features-weird-ha/ The idea is that you don't 'have' to go into the contacts list. You get your top five on the home screen all the time. Think of it like t-mobile's fave five screen but with leaves and lizards instead of blank faces.
6. john555 (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 May 2008)
theyy all soundd frekiin awesomee cnt waiittt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
9. bmw3wags (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Mar 2009)
I can't wait till alltel switches over so i can get the VX11000
12. tanders04 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
True. LG seems to be getting closer and closer each time. The Versa is much better then the Dare for example. Maybe they'll actually get it this time.
17. VZW Employee (Posts: 22; Member since: 25 Mar 2009)
verizon is always coming out with awesome looking devices!