Nokia usually has its finger on the pulse when it comes to new mobile phone designs that appeal to core markets, but we’re more than a little intrigued by the angular approach taken by the new X5-01. The Symbian S60 (3rd gen) device measures 74x66mm and is 17mm thick, so it certainly isn’t one for those who are shy of pocket.
As well as all featuring QWERTY keyboards, Nokia looks set to be focusing on improving messaging and social networking tools with the launch of three new handsets – the Nokia C3, C6 and E5. It’s made a big push on improved connectivity with a broad range of features across the board including scope to view Facebook feeds directly on the cell phone home screen, access to Ovi Mail and Chat and (in the Nokia E5’s case) improved access to business mail. With prices ranging from $122 to $298 these three new handsets will be released into the market separately in the second and third quarters of 2010.
Decent portable keyboards can be hard to find. Roll-up solutions like the ElekTex Smart Fabric Keyboard
are extremely portable but lack the feel of traditional keys. Others that do provide traditional keys, like the Goldtouch Go! Travel keyboard
, opt for a folding solution that doesn’t really reduce their size all that much. The Keystick keyboard looks to overcome both of these shortfalls with a full-sized QWERTY chicklet keyboard design that folds away like a Japanese fan to become an easily transportable stick.
has announced the release of its first foray in to the Android
powered world of smartphones
, the LG-GW620, aimed at meeting the demands of both first time and existing smartphone users.
Answers often lie in strange places. I have long hated the QWERTY keyboard
. Designed more than 150 years ago to slow human input via the frail mechanicals of the typewriter, it is a dinosaur masquerading as high tech and has become the main input device for billions of computers across the planet, strangling global productivity a little more every day because it is also impeding the progress of the computer from the desk to the couch, the train and the footpath. So when I called into beautiful Tapong to see my mate Kiril's new guesthouse on the beach in rural Thailand, the last thing I expected to find was a viable keyboard replacement.