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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Nokia's Value-Priced, Versatile N78

If the N96 is too rich for your blood, take a look at the N78, the next-gen version of the N73. It too brings HSDPS, Wi-Fi and aGPS (with supports for geo-tagging of photos) to the table, along with a 3.2-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, a MicroSD card slot that will support up to 8GB of user-added storage, and an FM transmitter for music playback over an available stereo receiver frequency. The 2.4-inch display sits atop a handsome navigation pad and keypad (no sliding required). Nokia expects the N78 to appear by midyear, priced at 350 euros (a little more than $500 at this writing) before subsides.

Samsung's G810: A HSDPA-GPS-Wi-Fi Camera Phone

At seven-tenths of an inch thick, it may look positively chubby next to the Soul, but the Symbian-based G810 does offer a few things the Soul doesn't--most notably Wi-Fi (for when its 3.6-mbps HSDPA isn't fast enough and you're near a hotspot) and assisted (by cell technology) GPS with geo-tagging support. Other goodies in this Symbian handset include a 5-megapixel camera, a 2.6-inch screen, and TV-out port. Another one for the European market only, alas.

Samsung's G810: A HSDPA-GPS-Wi-Fi Camera Phone

The G700-Another Touching Experience from Sony Ericsson

The G700, Another eye-catching touchscreen phone announced by Sony Ericsson, sports an unusual sticky-notes application. Tap the icon the upper left, and a new blank note fills the screen. You choose the note's color and screen position, and use the phone's stylus to scribble or draw memos. Sony executives compared this handset to the Post-It-covered Filofaxes of a decade or two ago. This handset may not appear in the U.S. very soon as the model shown here runs on European GSM frequencies.