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CTIA 2010. RIM, SE, DoCoMo, Dell

In this article we are going to touch on some of other manufacturers who had nothing or almost nothing new at CTIA.

RIM

The maker of BlackBerry did not show anything new, but did not show something very interesting. Confused? Let me explain.

All the usual suspects were displayed Ц Curve, Storm 2, Bold 9700, Bold 9000, Tour were there, but one very important model was missing. The flip version of the Pearl was there, but the candy bar that made RIM lots of money, put it on the map of individual users and is simply the smallest RIM handset ever, was suspiciously missing. When the question УHow come it is not here, are you still making it?Ф was asked, RIM representative answered that it sells very well. Hard to argue, but not the answer to the question asked exactly. From that response only one conclusion can be drawn Ц Pearl is being replaced within a very short time and company decided it is not worth showing the outgoing model at the show. Whether the replacement will continue to be called Pearl remains to be seen. Of course, at this point of time this is a pure speculation, but sometimes important is what not being said or showed.

Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson was not at CTIA. Officially that is. In reality, one of its parents, Ericsson (I wonder who is the Papa there), mercifully allowed sonny to take up the whole table in its huge booth. SE tried to make the best of it, showing the latest line up. Of course, after Barcelona there is not much new in it, but for American markets phones announced in Spain were officially shown for the first time. The micro scale of the display allowed SE to show only the latest and the most expensive phones: Vivaz and Vivaz Pro, X10 in both black and white colors, X10 Mini and X10 Mini Pro, Aspen, Naite, failed X2 and the Pureness for which I personally have no words, so bad it is and so much it costs.

DoCoMo

Every year like clockwork Japanese DoCoMo displays at CTIA. Why Ц I do not know. I actually tried to ask this time and was explained that the company runs a network in Guam and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) (yes, I had no idea what or where it was either), which I did not know, and has a service center for Japanese customers roaming in Hawaii. There are some other offices and labs in the US, but I donТt think this could be a reason enough. Whatever the reason maybe, DoCoMo always brings Japanese market handsets and some interesting technologies to see, a pure joy for every geek.

This time the company showed a phone for the elderly with what looked like a speedometer, IТm guessing to allow the retirees to see how fast they can reach 30 MPH.

Another phone demonstrated was a kidТs phone. Besides having a giraffe living in it, the phone helps to always trace your child, has silent alarm and sends emails to parents if the handset is powered off.

As everybody else, the company is claiming to do its share to help the environment and it showed a solar charged handset as well as a phone made from recycled wood, the latter looking unusually and feeling very good to touch.

Some of the services presented were navigation and voice to email.

Finally, the company showed earphones that allow controlling the music playback with eye movements. Yes, it makes no sense, but look at the pictures and the video and it will. Pretty cool.

Dell

It looks like Dell is trying to become a serious player in Android market, not surprising considering the history of success the company enjoyed with Windows Mobile PDAs. At the show Dell 5 showed uber phone/tablet and Dell Aero to be released by AT&T shortly.

Michael Savuskan (msav@mobile-review.com)

Published — 28 March 2010

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