After raising the bar on the cell phone industry last week, Sony Ericsson strikes again and teaches Apple a thing or two about MP3 playing phones with the W900i.
The Motorola ROKR, Apple and Motorola's first MP3/phone attempt flopped (even with the kool RAZR like mizpelling) much to Apple's delight. Truthfully, Apple does not want a successful MP3/phone hybrid until they can build the phone themselves and sell you shitty Coldplay songs over the phone through iTunes. Until then, they would rather continue the monopoly that is the iPod.
Look for the iPhone in the 2nd half of 2006.
Back to the W900. Some of the features include
- 3G cellular broadband that remains largely unavailable in the U.S.
- 470 MB of built-in memory (close to the iPod shuffle)
- Expanson slot for up to 2 GBs more of flash memory
- FM Radio with standard 3.5mm jack (iPod headphones and all will fit)
- A 2.2 inch screen (damn near the size of the iPod video)
- 2 MP camera with flash and hi-resolution video capture
- Easy music transfer and external music buttons
The W900 will be out in the Middle East, Africa, China and Europe in time for the Christmas season. No word on the US release. As always.