It’s E71x time, kids!

via Boy Genius Report by Michael Bettiol on 5/4/09

Mmm mmm do we ever love it when carriers pick up awesome handsets at awesome prices. Today, after a mind boggling number of delays, AT&T begun selling the Nokia E71x on its website for the incredibly attractive price of $99 on a two-year contract. And while the notion of using a phone that was announced in the summer of 2008 might be unthinkable to some who are accustomed to the very latest in tech, we find it pretty hard to argue against a full-QWERTY S60 device with a 3.2 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, aGPS, Bluetooth 2.0 and HSDPA connectivity, especially when the device in question is Kate Moss thin at 10mm.

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Companies Joining to Push Music on Memory Cards

via Wired: Top Stories by Associated Press on 9/22/08

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Just as vinyl once gave way to compact discs as the main physical medium for music, could CDs be replaced now by a fingernail-sized memory card? Perhaps not entirely, but SanDisk, four major record labels and retailers Best Buy and Wal-Mart Stores were expected to unveil plans Monday to sell memory cards loaded with music in the MP3 format, free of copy protections.

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Nokia Drops Two New XpressMusic Phones; 5220 and 5320

via The Boy Genius Report by Zach Epstein on 4/22/08

Nokia held a virtual press event this morning during which two new handsets were announced. Both fall into Nokia’s “XpressMusic” line (where the S60 Touch-wielding 5800 will end up) and are affordable options scheduled to become available in Q3 of this year. In our opinion the most important part of today’s announcement was that once again, Nokia announced both European and US versions of each handset… At the same time! The 5320 even packs 3G / HSDPA (AT&T bands, sorry T-Mobile guys). Let’s check the specs:

5220 XpressMusic

  • S40 OS
  • Two versions, 850/1800/1900 MHz, the other 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 240 x 320 pixel display, 256K colors
  • FM radio and A2DP stereo bluetooth
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • microSDHC support
  • 1020 mAh battery with a reported 24 hours of music playback on a single charge

5320 XpressMusic

  • S60 OS (S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2)
  • Two versions each quad-band GSM, one with 850/2100 MHz 3G / HSPDA and the other with 900/2100 MHz 3G / HSDPA
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 240 x 320 pixel display with 16M colors
  • FM radio and A2DP stereo bluetooth
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • microSDHC support
  • 890 mAh battery with a reported 24 hours of music playback on a single charge

Odd that the 5320 is an S60 device with an 890 mAh battery and yet the claimed battery life for music playback is the same as the 5220, an S40 handset with a 1020 mAh battery. Oh well, only time will tell. Of note, the 5320 is the first Nokia handset to feature “Say and Play” technology, which is just like the Microsoft Sync option found in a bunch American cars these days. It’s exactly what you think it would be: Speak an artist or song name and the music player will play it. Pretty cool actually. The 5220 will run you about $250 (€160) once it’s released and the 5320 should be around $400 (€250). Both devices are competitively priced and we could definitely see a carrier picking up either one, although the 5220 is probably the more likely candidate here in the US (T-Mobile?).

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