Sony Ericsson smartphone now with keyboard

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Sony Ericsson today unveiled the P910, the latest in its series of top-end Symbian smartphones.

Due in September the P910 is very similar in terms of features and form factor to its predecessor the P900 except for a pair of key new upgrades.

The most important is that It now boasts a full QWERTY keyboard on the reverse of its flip-open number pad.

This makes the P910 the most complete handset for data entry with users able to type using the keyboard, enter data via its handwriting recognition application or use the phone’s T9 system.

The new handset is also compatible with a wide range of push e-mail systems (these automatically send an e-mail to a phone the moment it arrives on an ISP’s server) including market leaders BlackBerry and Smartner.

For what it’s worth we found the keys too small to type accurately and quickly. However one of the female members of the TD team, with more slender thumbs, rattled through several lines of text very quickly.
Overall though the keypad clearly isn’t a patch on that offered by the Treo 600 or even the Blackberry.
The other key upgrade is that whereas the P900 sports a 65k colour screen, the P910 now has a much more impressive 262K screen.

Sony Ericsson has also expanded the internal memory of the phone from 32Mb to 64MB and bundled the device with a 32MB Memory Stick Duo storage card.

As the handset runs using Symbian V7.0 operating system it is compatible with a wide range of phone applications. The company has included a host of these on the phone including the acclaimed Opera Mobile HTML web page browser, Avantgo for offline browsing and Wayfinder, which, when connected to a Bluetooth GPS receiver turns the phone into a satellite navigation system.

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