identical to look at as the Siemens
CX65, the Siemens CX70 is the first Siemens handset
to feature Push-to-Talk (PTT) - although confusingly
Siemens insist on calling it "Push and Talk (PaT)".
From the outside the CX70 is indistinguishable
from the CX65, and indeed most of the specifications
are identical. It has a large 132x176 pixel display
in 65,000 colours, VGA resolution camera with video
capabilities and 5X digital zoom, weighs 90 grams and
measures 108x46x18mm. Battery life is quoted as up to
5.5 hours talk and 12 days standby, which is impressive.
Crucially there's no Bluetooth, but
like the CX65 this is really a consumer phone. Siemens
promise that all their midrange handsets and above will
feature PTT.. err.. PaT from next year, so perhaps we
can look forward to the Siemens S70.
for a Q4 release, the CX70 enters a remarkable uncrowded
marketplace. At the time of writing, only Nokia are
shipping a PTT handset with their slightly odd Nokia
5140. The hopefully-soon-to-be-released Motorola
V400p is a PTT handset too (check out these articles
for some more background on PTT). Siemens stated Q4
release date should give it an advantage over the competition
who still haven't got round to a major PTT rollout.
Other than PTT or whatever Siemens want
to call it, this is a pretty average but competent phone.
Like the CX65 this borrows a little of the now-classic
T610 look, although the interface appears to have been
spruced up. Inside is 9.5Mb of memory, tri-band GSM
with GPRS, an email client, a WAP 2.0 browser, Java
support, 3D graphics and you can connect it to a PC
via a USB cable, serial cable or infra-red.
The phone looks good, but the VGA resolution
camera is only so-so and we were really hoping to see
some more megapixel units coming into phones. But overall
this is a useful improvement on an already good phone,
and it builds on the Siemens reputation of well
though out phones, such as the Siemens
SK65). Alongside a very good looking product range
for the end of 2004, it looks like Siemens might well
be the manufacturer to watch going into 2005.