When I first started using cell phones, I always enjoyed the clamshell or flip format. I found these types of phones very useful and cool because you could answer and end a call just by opening the flip. I never really liked the candybar form factor. That is until SonyEricsson released their Cybershot line of phones, which could easily double as a point-and-shoot camera. Currently, the model that most manufacturers try to emulate is the iPhone. None have been very successful. You either end up with an iPhone clone or a Crackberry-like device. Philips is trying to revive the flip phone format. Was this revival successful?
When I first saw the cover of the new Philips Xenium phone, I thought to myself, wow, what a cool looking phone! Then I saw inside the clamshell and was sorely disappointed. The only really good thing about being int he Xenium line is that this phone has a very impressive battery life. An 8-hour talk time and over an 850-hour standby mode, which is quite impressive. It's funny to see the display tell you that you've got more than a month in standby mode.
The flip cover is really well designed, but the inside is really boring. The Xenium X530 includes all of the usual stuff that you'd expect. It's got an external OLED screen, that's the only thing that caught my eye while I was looking at the specs. The rest of the them are pretty straightforward and unremarkable. Naturally, like the rest of the Xenium line, this phone will most probably only be released in Asia. Since Apple can't even seem to give away iPhones in Asia, this phone might do well. [via Ubergizmo]