We make no bones about the fact that here at TD we are huge fans of Sharp’s camera phones. In particular we love the Sharp GX30 with its mega pixel camera and MP3 player.
So it’s no surprise that we reckon that the company’s latest phone, the Sharp TM100, is likely to be a huge hit.
This handset is a real break from its previous models. Firstly it is available exclusively from T-Mobile rather than Vodafone and O2, which have taken the company’s previous mobis.
Secondly it is not a clamshell phone like the GX30, rather it is like the offspring of the Sony Ercisson T610 and the Siemens SL55. With its piano black finish it certainly looks like the SE model, the key difference being the pull down Siemens SL55-style pull down number pad.
The phone’s key feature is its large 240 x 320 pixel screen with 256K colours – the current standard is 64K. It is quite possibly the best screen we have seen so far on a camera phone.
Other features include a VGA still and video camera, 40 polyphonic ringtones, Java, infrared and POP3 email. Sadly there’s no MP3 player or storage card slot (it has 2.5MB of memory built in)
We’ll have a full review on the model next week. It is on sale now as it available for free on some tarrifs.