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O2 To Release i300 and N70 In October

I300I was looking around the O2 website today and was happy to see both the Samsung i300 and the Nokia N70 on the "Coming Soon" page. Both phones are listed as coming out in October '05 so they should be hitting stores in the UK pretty soon.

To be honest this is the first time I've been more excited about a Windows Mobile phone than a Series 60 model. I've been waiting for the Samsung i300 since i saw live pictures of it in Scobles video interview with the Windows Mobile team. O2 have scooped up the exclusive rights to the phone and there has been some news that the phone could start from around 80 Pounds (roughly $140) with a contract which is a great price for a newly released smartphone (One with a 3GB HDD no less). The bottom line is that i want to try out the Windows Mobile experience and the i300 seems like an ideal place to start.

N70The i300s biggest selling point for me is the fact it's a smartphone handset with a hard-drive. "But the N91 has a bigger hard-drive and Wi-Fi" you say. Yes, but the i300 (If O2 stick to their word) is being released alongside the Nokia N70 not the N91. Plus the N91 has been delayed till January '06 and it's quite possible that it won't hit stores in the UK till a month or more after that. But hey, I'll probably get the N91 anyway.

This isn't to say that the N70 isn't interesting; it will be one of the first handsets to run Symbian v8.1a with Feature Pack 3 of Series60 Version 2 (Sadly we'll all have to wait for the N91 to see Series60 Version 3). Nokia have kitted this 6680 look-a-like with a 2 mega-pixel camera (though they've kept the silly slide-cover for the camera) and more on-board memory upping it to 22Mb from the anemic 10Mb the 6680 had. It's also a 3G phone and it is that feature as well as it's better camera that are going to be the main selling points against the i300.

So what would you buy if you were in the market for a new phone come October?

September 23, 2005 by Tarek Abu-Esber | Permalink



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The way phones and cameras are going it will soon be no difference between them.

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Posted by: Lyndon | 21 Oct 2005 22:55:04

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