Most of the networks are looking at mobile TV as a potential money-spinner (or at least as a way of using all that expensive 3G bandwith). The first serious trials have been completed, and the news is
generally good: the punters will go for TV on the mobile… if the price is right, and if the content is right. But which handset should you be selling them?
3, O2, Vodafone
Big, bright screen (one of the first with 262K colours) with landscape display option
Decent 1.2mp camera with 8x zoom, plus second VGA camera for video messaging
Bluetooth, MP3 player,
quad band, TransFlash memory card
Chunky: 138g, 113x54x20mm
No flash for camera
Battery life could be better
Memory card located awkwardly under battery
Carries its age well (launched Nov 2004) – a great 3G all-rounder and a good TV viewer.
3, O2, Orange, Vodafone
Excellent 262K display with landscape mode
2mp main camera, 8x digital zoom, and integrated flash; plus VGA camera for video
Bluetooth, USB, infrared, MP3
No expansion memory shipped in the box
Styling isn’t to everyone’s taste
A sleek slider, good at taking moving pictures as well as displaying them.
3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone
Business apps include full email, support for Virtual Private Networks, reader for Microsoft Office documents
64MB memory card supplied
Excellent battery life for a 3G smartphone
Good network choice
No video calling
Display is only 64K colours
Nokia’s first 3G smartphone (Symbian 60) and another decent all-rounder despite its relative age.
3, O2, Orange, Vodafone
Two good cameras: 1.3mp with 6x zoom, slide cover, flash plus VGA video camera
Excellent 262K screen with automatic brightness control
Good signal reception
Uncomfortable to use for people with small hands
A bit too heavy at 133g
Better looking and more reliable than the 6630. A businesslike phone that works well for TV, despite the relatively small screen.
90MB internal memory plus another 128MB on memory card
Loads of business and organiser apps
Bluetooth, FM radio, MP3
Not everyone will like touch screen as sole input option
Too bulky to use comfortably as a handheld phone (headset is essential).
Could be faster
It may be an iffy phone but it’s a great TV viewer (and not bad as a PDA-type organiser with email and web capabilities).
O2, Orange,T-Mobile, Vodafone
Symbian 60 under the hood, including its great setup wizard
Good 262K colour screen
Understated but stylish design
Two cameras, including 2mp
30MB internal memory plus 64MB card supplied
No standard 3.5mm jack for headphones
Classy smartphone with great video and good TV capabilities. A good all-rounder.
O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Vodafone
Crisp 256k colour 240×320 screen
TV Out for playing video and TV on a monitor
Extras – good 2mp camera, excellent video recording, MP3, Bluetooth, USB, microSD memory expansion
Looks great, feels great, works well
No memory card in the box
Surprisingly good at most things, and while it’s not 3G it will do until Samsung’s Z130 (swivelling wide-screen display) arrives.
Sony Ericsson S700i
Cool minimalist Scandanavian-style looks
Stylish perforated aluminium outer cover
Camera is only VGA
Only 128×160 display
No Bluetooth or media
Battery life average to poor
Some may find the styling a bit old-fashioned (they’re wrong)
Arguably overdesigned and underpowered. But what a looker!
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