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October 2009 Roundup
31st October 2009
Some very high-end handsets were announced this month, hotting up the fight between rival smartphone operating systems.
The Motorola DROID is the world's first Android 2.0 handset, with a huge display and vastly improved software, including free turn-by-turn navigation... although intially the DROID is a CDMA-only phone for Verizon in the US, a GSM version should be in the works. A more conventional Android phone is the Samsung I5700 Galaxy Spica which is aiming for a more mass-market than the high-end DROID.
Featuring one of the biggest displays on the market, the HTC HD2 redefines what a high-end Windows smartphone should look like, and it also comes with fast processor and a much improved user interface. Targeting a completely different market segment, the Giorgio Armani - Samsung B7620 has the unusual distinction of being a fashion phone with a very strong set of technical features too. More conventionally, the LG GM750 touchscreen phone offers the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system, and the Samsung Omia Pro B7330 is a BlackBerry-style Windows Mobile messaging device.
A slight upgrade to last year's flawed Storm, the BlackBerry Storm2 introduces too few new features to be truly innovative, a problem shared with the BlackBerry Bold 9700 which also fails to excite. BlackBerry's lack of innovation during 2009 has been shocking, leading us to comment that there may well be black clouds on the horizon for the BlackBerry brand.
The Samsung Blue Earth is a touchscreen phone with a solar panel and a high make-up of recycled materials in its build, showing that eco-friendly phones can also be quite sophisticated. A look at the Korean-only Samsung AMOLED 12M gives a glimpse of what future high-end camera phones might look like. In an unusually quiet month for Nokia devices, the AT&T exclusive Nokia 6350 bring GPS capabilities to a mass-market clamshell phone.
In the US, a catastrophic data loss wipes out customer's data on their T-Mobile SideKick devices. And in what could be a billion dollar lawsuit, Nokia sues Apple over alleged patent infringements in the iPhone.
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