MWC 2010: Live Report
Acer introduced phones for both Windows Mobile and Android fans at the MWC. On the whole, the WM 6.5.3-powered P300 and P400 are really nothing to write home about. They have no personalization at all (in this case this might actually be a good thing), and have a somewhat unpretending design. They are not bad, but not something to get excited about. As for the Android-based beTouch E400 (we should note here that the E400 is like the Android variant of the P400), beTouch E110 and Liquid e, the manufacturer has included its slight personalization, which features new widgets and some small graphical alterations. While the Liquid e is just an Android 2.1 version of the Liquid A1, the beTouch E110 does have some new personalized interface elements. This compact smartphone does look nice, but unfortunately its small display has a low QVGA resolution, which will limit the application support to an extent.
No one expected it, but Huawei really turned out to be the star of the whole MWC event! Haha, that was a good one, right? Oh, come on, can’t you just pretend for a while?! Anyways, Huawei showcases several phones, all running Android. One of the more interesting smartphones is the Huawei U8230, equipped with a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen and a 3.2-megapixel camera. There are also some compact products like the U8110 and the U8100, which are also shorter on specs.
Dell Mini 5
The Dell Mini 5 is a tablet device with a 5-inch screen and 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It is powered by Android, but the manufacturer has featured its own interface in order to personalize the experience a little bit. Dell claims that the screen is designed to withstand some beating, which is a very good thing to know when playing with such a big display. Other cool features include full Flash support and full compatibility with existing Android apps.
Saygus Vphone for Verizon Wireless
We were happy to see the previously rumored third Android phone for Verizon Wireless, the Saygus Vphone, here at the MWC. You may remember that this smartphone succeeded in getting through the FCC some months ago, but after that it was nowhere to be seen. Now, we have managed to spend some time with it, but unfortunately the device is still more on the unofficial side, so whether or not it will launch at some point remains a mystery.
We didn’t expect some groundbreaking stuff by the manufacturer (the device is designed by YUHUA TEL and originally called the Landmark), and we weren’t left disappointed by what we saw at the end. The Saygus Vphone is an Android 1.6-running side-slider with a four-row QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera and powerful hardware, including an 800MHz Marvell processor and 256MB RAM. The screen is a capacitive one, measuring at 3.5” with WVGA resolution.
The device itself feels fine, it’s made of plastic so nothing to write home about. It’s also significantly thicker than its Android opponents, but sports a very nice sliding mechanism. We are being told it might launch in May, if it launches at all.
Sagem PUMA Phone
We’ve seen collaboration between Adidas and Samsung, so we were not surprised when we saw PUMA’s logo in Barcelona. The company, the products of which are used by Usаin Bolt, is partnering with Sagem in order to introduce the PUMA Phone. With it, you will be able to break all records!
The PUMA Phone has a touch-sensitive screen and a solar panel, which will allow you to recharge the battery while on the move. The device looks nice and feels okay in the hand. The interface is entirely in red and white, which suits the overall appearance. It’s based on Java and allows for installation of third party Java applications. The PUMA Phone will be preloaded with some interesting apps that should help you in your training sessions (we saw ones for cycling and sprinting). The music player features a DJ sub-app, which isn’t something you see in every phone.
As a while, the PUMA Phone is a decent product, but is expected to cost around $ 575 (EUR 420), which sounds like too much for what is offered.
Emporia showcases several phones here, namely the emporia ELEGANCE, LIFE plus, SOLID and TALK premium. They are all oriented towards elder people, and designed with simplicity in mind. We like their idea and especially the implementation of this idea. All of these phones are nicely built, and with really enormous keys. They also have comfy keys and sliders on the sides that carry out important functions. The rugged emporia SOLID has a special SOS button, and we’re hearing the emporia ELEGANCE will also get a version with it. Once again – these are some nice and simple offerings. Expected to go on sale sometime this spring.
hagenuk fono E100
Similarly to Emporia’s offerings, Hagenuk’s fono e100 is also designed to serve the needs of elder people. It uses a similar design language, but isn’t as well made as what Emporia showcased. However, it also sports sliders on the sides and an SOS key.