Is Panasonic set to become the major new force in mobile phones in the UK? Well it could be if it can bring models like the P505iS to these shores. Just launched in Japan it is the first camera phone to feature an auto focus. As anyone who has tried to take pictures with a camera phone can tell you this will prove invaluable. Expect other manufacturers to follow Panasonic’s lead very shortly.
The P505iS can also take pictures of 1.27 mega pixels -twice as detailed as European camera phones, features a Mini SD card for storage and can play back TV programmes stored on the SD card. It can also twist round so the main screen becomes the front of the phone like LG’s 7100. The only weakness in our book is a colour screen of just 65k colours, which is the same as European phones like the Sharp GX20.