Motorola V360 Preview
14th February 2005
At first glance the Motorola V360 looks
like just another clamshell handset, but it introduces
several significant new features that we may see in
upcoming Motorola clamshells.
Cosmetically speaking this is the first
Motorola clamshell we've seen that has an internal antenna.
The exernal display is also larger, and the V360 has
broken away somewhat from the very curved designs common
to the V300, V400 and V500 series.
Being a V300 series phone, you would
expect this to be fairly basic in terms of specifications,
but this is where the V360 comes up with a big surprise,
because not only does it play back MP3s but it also
comes with support for TransFlash memory, upgradeable
to 256Mb, Bluetooth, EDGE and PTT. On the downside,
it only has a VGA resolution digital camera, but it
does have video capture. The Motorola V360 also comes
with a WAP browser and supports Motorola's "Dynamic
Idle" information display system.
These are high end features, but it
doesn't appear that the V360 is a particularly high
end phone. The handset's release is slated for Q4 2005
(or perhaps later), and it does indicate that these
will be standard features in Motorola phones in 2006
and beyond. If that's the case, then the V360 could
be a much more significant handset than it first appears.
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