Panasonic G50 is a tiny phone that was due for worldwide
release way back in July of 2003, but it never seemed
to turn up for general worldwide release, and has now
sneaked onto the market in the pay-as-you-go market,
which is never a good sign.
What went wrong? Well, on paper the
G50 looks quite interesting, measuring only 80 x 43 x 18 mm
(ignoring the antenna - photo is roughly actual size
on a 72 dpi monitor) and weighing only 75 grams. The
display measures 128x96 pixels in 400 colours.
Initial reviews though were not
good, mostly concentrating on poor battery life and
audio quality which could have been better, but since
all phones are a compromise in one way or another, it
wasn't wholly surprising that the phone should suffer
a little in this way.
The phone features WAP over GPRS, polyphonic
ring tones, has tri-band capabilities and a couple of
games, so there seems to be nothing wrong with the phone
at all, other than the quoted talktime of just 150 minutes.
However, the big networks didn't seem
to be interested and some months later the G50 found
its way onto the pay-as-you-go market where the end
of life or really cheap phones end up, which is a shame
because the phone has a lot to offer to someone who
is looking for something very compact for occasional
use. Prices seem to be about €180/£120 in Europe, $220
for a SIM free handset in the US.
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