Just as we predicted Motorola’s latest 3G phone available via the Three network, the A920, is selling like hotcakes. The phone itself has plenty going for it – superb screen, excellent video facilities, AGPS restaurant/shop finder service – but it is still probably a little too large for the mainstream handset buyer.
So how about all of those features in a smaller phone? Well there’s good news as Three has some pretty cool -looking handsets lined up for the coming months including a handset that has all the functionality of the A920 but less of its bulk.
Read on to discover which 3G phones are coming to the UK in the coming months.
Before we delve into the handsets a quick update from Three in the UK. A company spokesperson confirmed today that…
1 It is policy for its handsets to offer just a walled garden of Internet sites rather than full HTML web browsing. This is however being constantly reviewed.
2 A service that will allow users to take advantage of the fast speeds of Three phones by using them as a modem for a laptop PC, will be arriving very shortly. No news on which handsets it will be though.
You know we said that the A920 was the 3G phone you were waiting for. Well we actually meant this handset. It has all the killer features of the A920 including its 24 frames per second video playback, and it also runs the Symbian 7.0 operating system. Yet all this has been shoehorned into a smaller device. We expect to see it available in the UK through Three by Christmas.
The successor to the A830 is a massive improvement on the original. Unlike its predecessor it boasts an integrated digital camera, internal antenna and is compatible with Three’s Video Calling service. Other facilities include MP3 playback, Java and video downloads. It also POP3 e-mail and a full web browser – although whether they will work with the Three network in the UK remains to be seen. The A835 is on sale very shortly. Look for a full review in early October.
Due in the stores in November is the successor to the most popular Three phone so far – the NEC e606. The e616 is pretty much the same phone with a few notable exceptions. Firstly it has GPRS as well as 3G, so in theory applications like e-mail and web browsing should be available outside of Three’s video coverage areas. Secondly it is smaller and more compact than the 606. Finally NEC has improved the battery life.
Sony Ericsson Z1010
First seen at the GSM Expo in Cannes in February, the Z1010 is rumoured to be available via Three in early next year. It is a clamshell model with a 65K colour display, MMS, and Bluetooth. It boasts Three’s key Video Calling facility courtesy of a pair of integrated cameras. Other features include MPEG4 (video) and MP3 (audio) playback.
Due to arrive in Europe shortly, though not necessarily in the UK, this clamshell-design handset supports video calling and video capture facilities, which it displays on its 128 x 160 pixel screen. Also included is Java, Bluetooth, an MP3/AAC player and 64MB of storage. Other facilities include a music editor, voice recorder, SMS and MMS messaging, and a speakerphone. We reckon it is a dead cert to be one of the first phones Orange offers when it launches its 3G network next year.
The first 3G phone in Motorola’s clamshell V series features a futuristic design, two cameras, a front display, an internal antenna and a full web browser. It is considerably less bulky too than existing 3G clamshells like the NEC e606. You can see an image here