The so much talked about new iPhone from Apple Inc. went on sale last Friday 29th. As reported on all over the media (Internet, TV, radio) long lines where outside stores that were going to sell the new smart Apple iPhone. There is even a video on the first guy who bought the first iPhone (in New York Apple store), here, on AC, The People’s Media Company (by the way, a great one, Thanks! Mike).
What seems important about this entire iPhone market launch is that it seems that Apple Corporation has been able to show the US (and some other parts of the world like Europe and Japan) that is wise and good to spend $500 on a new smart gadget. If you think about it there are multimedia computers that cost less than that and you can even buy a decent notebook if you do your homework. In addition, it seems that all customer surveys and opinions ay that they are willing to pay those $500 plus a new monthly plan (minimum $40 per month) to get this new tech thing. This fact has pushed all the cell phone company to thinks that they can make and sell expensive cell phones and customers will pay for them.
After countless hours of internet searches and browsing I have come up with 3 alternatives that seem to be at the same level of the new iPhone although there is not so much talk about them on the media. Here are them:
The Mogul. On June 16, 2007 Sprint announced the new Mogul in conjunction with Nextel. It is the first the first Sprint device to offer the Window’s Mobile 6.0 Professional edition software which gives some great capabilities. It has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard (the keyboard slides to the right). It also has an Intel/Qualcomm 400MHz CPU, which of course makes its applications run fast. The new Mogul combines the power of a cell phone with the power of the Internet. Additionally, it boost a longer battery life (a shortcoming of the iPhone), more internal memory, smaller design, higher resolution camera and a thumbwheel key that allows one -handed operation. The price is set at $399,99.
LG Prada Phone. Here you have to giants (one in consumer electronics-LG-and one in luxury goods —Prada—) that have come together to make an excellent product although it is a Highly priced one (as expected for Prada). It costs about US $790 to have one of the new LG Prada KE850. Like the iPhone it does not have a traditional Keypad. It has touch screen technology as the iPhone has (they called capacitive touch screen technology). Also, it has a music player (who can play MP3, ACC, ACC+, WMA, RA files), a video player too (MPEG$, H.263, H.264), and a 2 mega pixel digital camera. Its screen is wider so as to maximize visual capacity. The gadget is ultra thin as it is only 12 mm thick. It uses Macromedia Flash technology as the base for displaying media files.
Nokia N95. This Nokia model is thicker than the two previous one. It is part of the company’s N series line of smartphones However, it has a 5 mega pixel digital camera in it with Carl Zeiss optics, and we know what Carl Zeiss means in terms of optics and digital cameras. The camera can also be used to record video near DVD quality. The phone utilizes a two-way slider allowing access to media playback buttons or a keypad, but not both simultaneously. The N95 contains an integrated GPS receiver which is located below the 0 key on the keypad. The phone ships with navigation software. Maps are free and can be downloaded either over the air or through the phone’s built-in Wifi. The N95 has abuilt in a music player with full capabilities. It supports MP3, WMA, RealAudio, SP-MIDI, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, AMR, M4A, True Tones. The N95 has built-in WiFi, with which it can access the Internet. The Nokia N95 is also a high price ticket. I have seen some with a $499 tag.
I am sure thatthere are many other choices for smart phones. These are the ones that I believe are the best.. Probably these alternatives have not received the attention that the iPhone from Apple have received. The decision is yours.
Amy Schiska. Sprint Customers Will Get More Done With The New Mogul™ By HTC. URL: http://www2.sprint.com/mr/news_dtl.do?id=17100
Nokia N95 Wikipedia. URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_N95