“Who would like to watch TV while they’re in the bath?” asked a chap from Japanese operator KDDI, during his presentation this morning at the company’s Design Studio in Tokyo. Er…
Anyway, it was a cue to show off the W53SA phone, which lets you watch 1seg digital TV (that’s the Japanese standard), but is also fully waterproof, so works even when you dunk it in a big bowl of water. Which I proceeded to do:
At the end of my visit to the LG Demo Centre, they showed a quick presentation of another concept phone, called NYX. It has the slogan ‘Display Only Card Phone’, although that could be a way of saying ‘not for sale concept device’ I guess.
Anyway, it’s interesting, with a three-inch touchscreen and five-megapixel camera, and a big jog-wheel on the back of the device, which is used for everything from zooming while taking photos to altering the volume when listening to music.
You’ll have to trust me on this one, as I wasn’t allowed to take photographs inside LG’s mobile demonstration room. But one wall has a display of concept mobile phones, including a model that’s basically a phone with a Rolex watch-face embedded in the casing.
It’s unclear whether LG and Rolex are actively working together on the watch, or whether it’s just an LG designer’s idea of how such a phone could look if they were. Rolex buffs would certainly approve – the phone had a luxurious leathery exterior, and looked reassuringly expensive.
Rumours that Sony Ericsson was planning to launch a PlayStationPhone have been bubbling for several months, fuelled by a recent interview in which the company confirmed that the idea was “something that we’re looking at”.
Well, it seems the looking may have gone well, because Mobile Entertainment is reporting that Sony Ericsson will unveil a dedicated gaming phone next February at the Mobile World Congress trade show.
Here’s to consumer tech execs eschewing hype in favour of realistic assessments of their products. Mindy Mount is corporate VP and chief financial officer at Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division, so you’d expect her to bang on at length about Zune’s zeitgeist-seizing iPod-slaying revolution. And stuff.
As you’ll know if you ready our Nokia Go Play liveblog yesterday, alongside its launch of the Nokia Music Store, the company unveiled its new N81 8GB music phone.
Well, there were plenty of ’em available for demoing at the event, so I grabbed one to shoot a quick video, showing its neat multimedia user interface that sees one button take you directly to your music, videos and other content.
Without a doubt, this video is what the internet was created for. Forget the Nintendo sixty-foooouuuur kid, the otters holding hands, heck, even the My Hands Are Bananas vids, this is the creme de la creme of online video.
Wait for the killer chorus – “dontcha wish your cellphone was hot like me, dontcha wish your keypad was button-free…dontcha wish your cellphone was raw like me, dontcha wish you spent more than half a gee”. Perfect. I will probably be watching this video thirteen times a day on average. Well, at least until someone creates a parody of Depeche Mode’s…
I’m sure most people have had calls drop on them occasionally when in their house, whether that be due to tin roofs, interference from other electrical goods, or down to you living out in the sticks, far removed from civilisation (and a telephone pylon)…
If you thought we had just about expended the subject of HTC’s Touch smartphone, think again. Just this morning Ashley…