New Cell Phones: From Idou to Solar Powered

New Cell Phones: From Idou to Solar Powered

Range Govindan
Feb 19, 2009

Ever since the iPhone came out, companies have been scrambling to create a real competitor. It's not just that the iPhone rocks, it's the features that you get. Sure it has its faults, but some of the perks are just really good. More and more touchscreen phones are coming out and are trying to compete with the Apple phone. I've always liked SonyEricsson phones. Usually, they work well and have an interesting combination of features.

SonyEricsson Idou
You'll have trouble believing it, but SonyEricsson is coming out with a 12.1MP phone. That's right. 12.1. It has a strange name, the Idou, but it'll feature a touchscreen and some good features. It was announced at the MWC show and will be released in the second half of 2009. It has a 16:9 widescreen touchscreen and a xenon flash. Sounds pretty cool.

Solar Powered Phone
Mile designed this beautiful looking concept for the KDDI solar powered design phone competition. There isn't much information about it, except that it looks pretty small and svelte. I can see solar-powered gadgets working if they are placed in direct sunlight to recharge for a while. However, it's hard to recharge something that is hidden away in a pocket. Still, solar calculators work in ambient lighting without any problems, getting a cell phone to do the same shouldn't be all that hard, or is it?

SonyEricsson Simplicity
The Simplicity concept is a mobile phone that has no extra features. It's made for people who just want to use a cell phone to talk, not use SMS, cameras or e-mail. It looks pretty good for a simple phone. I rarely use SMS, but I do use my cell phone to take pictures. Since I have a SonyEricsson K810, it replaces a point-and-shoot camera and with a microSD card, it can take a lot of pics.

[via Design You Trust, Gizmodo, MoCo Loco]

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