Sony Ericsson's latest mid-ranger: the T715


I’m not going to lie to you. This phone isn’t a world beater. But the T715 looks like a decent, compact and rather elegant mid-range phone.

It’s got a slide out number pad and so the thickness of 14.9mm is quite impressive. The phone only measures 91.5mm x 48mm and weighs in at 96.5g so it will fit quite comfortably in even the most skinny of jeans.

The screen is 2.2-inches with a 240×320 QVGA display that, apparently, will respond well in direct sunlight. It’s got 3G connectivity as well as Bluetooth. There’s also a 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash.

Web connectivity via the 3G connection should allow for video streaming and Java and it also comes with Google Maps and AccuWeather. Music playback of MP3 or AAC shouldn’t be a problem but there’s only 90MB of built in storage. This is expandable by microSD – M2 memory cards seem to have their days numbered now then.

No word on availability, networks or price yet though. To me, this looks like a prime candidate as a free offering on cheaper plans (£20ish ones) or as an affordable handset for PAYG.

Check on Carphone Warehouse for deals when it comes out.

Nokia intros the 6260 slide for "high speed sharing"


Nokia has introduced its latest slider phone and is emphasising how it’s “made for high speed sharing”.

Obviously, all mobile phones are made for sharing – funnily enough they were invented as a way to talk to people, before someone came along and thought that sending 160 character strings of text was a much better way of communicating, and then someone else decided to squeeze the whole of the Internet onto mobile phones and unleash the horrors wonders of Facebook and MySpace onto unsuspecting commuters.

Anyway, you get the idea. Nokia’s 6260 slide is fitted with the latest HSDPA and HSUPA technology, meaning it should be a breeze to both upload and download photos and videos to and from the plethora of web services it’s now obligatory to use on the move…

LG announces LG-KC780 eight megapixel slim slider phone


Hot on the heels of the KC910 Renoir (reviewed here) comes another eight megapixel camera phone from LG.

The LG-KC780 doesn’t sport a touchscreen — a small mercy for anyone who can’t stand the recent crop of iPhone wannabes — but still packs in a 2.4-inch widescreen LCD on a slim (13.9mm) slider body.

Claiming that “most of the time people use the cameras on their mobile phones to take pictures of themselves, their families, friends and significant others”, LG has included a number of face-enhancing features: Face Detection, Smile Detection, and Beauty Mode (removes blemishes)…

RIM patent for vaguely different slider phone, new BlackBerries coming?


I get a bit cheesed off with the number of technology patents being filed, with seemingly small variations on a similar theme.

Take the latest from Research In Motion, makers of the BlackBerry, which details a “Hybrid Portrait-Landscape Handheld Device With Trackball Navigation and Qwerty Hideaway Keyboard”.

Yes, indeed, we’ve all seen devices with keyboards that slide out from under the phone, but apparently this one is different because it’s got a trackball on it.