With the impossible competition in the mobile phone business, it's not surprising that some manufacturers would try something a little crazy to distance themselves from pack. But we didn't think they'd be this crazy.
First we saw a weird design from NEC for a "Flask" handset that's apparently powered by some kind of liquid fuel. Now, just a day later, we find that Hitachi is introducing a phone that sports a 2.7-inch E-Ink display on the back that's destined for the Japanese market. Gizmodo says the "Silhouette Screen," which comes … Read more
Phone designers are still experimenting with ways to make handsets with built-in speakers--Sony Ericsson being the latest among them--but others are going the external route for now. Namely, Motorola.
The "EQ5 Portable Wireless Speaker" has a more traditional design than some of the alternatives we've seen (thankfully), making it versatile enough to be used as a Bluetooth speakerphone as well as for music. It claims to have significant noise reduction and "echo-cancellation" technologies, according to Newlaunches, while measuring just 4.6 inches long, 2.6 inches tall, and barely half an inch thick.
Like other … Read more
Sky Dayton, the founder and CEO of Helio, is stepping down as the top executive of the hip cell phone company.
The company sent out a press release late Monday saying that Dayton, who also founded the Internet service provider EarthLink and Wi-Fi hotspot provider Boingo, would relinquish his CEO position. Wonhee Sull, formerly Helio's president and chief operating officer, will take over as CEO. And Dayton will become chairman of the company, replacing Jinwoo So, president of global business at SK Telecom.
Last week Iomega tipped its hand, perhaps literally, with a new hard drive that was suspiciously flask-like in appearance. Now, only a few days later, we get word of the "NEC Flask," apparently a mobile phone of some kind that is said to be powered by liquid fuel as seen through its tinted but transparent casing.
The handset will also supposedly sport touch-sensitive navigation and possibly a touch screen as well, though Chip Chick says no … Read more
If you're not moved by the pictures of the conceptual "P-Per" handset on Yanko Design, we seriously don't know what else would. Yeah, we know the name is weird, but it's actually not so bad if you say it aloud. This concept phone consists of just four layers of material: A printed circuit board, extruded polycarbonate, recycled titanium and a flexible haptic LED touchscreen that wraps around a 7-millimeter-thin handset. We want one already.
(Source: Crave Asia)
There are two kinds of people in the world: people who use the cheap, nasty, uncomfortable, crappy-sounding earbuds supplied with their phone or MP3 player, and people who upgrade. If you fall into the first group, stop reading now and go back to your musical purgatory. For people in the second group, the Jays BlueStreamer 2 is a widget weighing less than half an ounce that lets you use your favorite headphones with your Bluetooth phone.
Charge the BlueStreamer via USB, pair it with your phone, plug in the 3.5-millimeter jack of your favorite headphones and start tappin' those … Read more
As Sony continues to search for the right formula to reclaim its crown in music-playing electronics, one of its newest products may be taking a cue from its roots: the portable radio.
Sony Ericsson is coming out with an attractive new line of phones later this year that include built-in stereo speakers and radios, as well as some unremarkable camera and Bluetooth features. Unfortunately, the radio doesn't seem to receive digital broadcasts--it's just a standard AM/FM, as this is a low-end handset destined for India and other emerging markets.
That's really too bad, because portable digital … Read more
Disney Japan is no exception, of course, so it's no surprise that the Magic Kingdom of the Pacific is coming out with yet another mobile handset for kids. But its new DM001SH model, which MobileWhack says is produced jointly with Tokyo-based Softbank, looks decidedly more grown-up and polished than previous phones and other gadgets aimed at the kodomo market.
In fact, we wouldn't mind having one of these handsets either, with its 2.6-inch … Read more
This is one of those gadgets that has Maxwell Smart written all over it. With all the mouse phones available today--or even keyboard phones, for that matter--it's beyond us why anyone would want this silly-looking model with a microphone sticking out of it like a mutant appendage. Its saving grace, if it can be called that, is that it costs only $16, according to SlashGear. But we'd just as soon use the money to make a regular cell call.