By CNET staff (Updated November 2005)
Courtesy of our sister site, CNETAsia, here in priority are October's 10 most popular cell phones in the stores now. (Editor's note: Results are based on reader and telephone polls conducted with various retailers in Singapore.)
Motorola Razr V3 The good: Striking design; e-mail support; beautiful display; Bluetooth; speakerphone; world phone. The bad: Video playback only; volume a bit low. The bottom line: More than just a pretty face, the Motorola Razr V3 backs up its radical design with solid features and excellent performance. Read review | Check prices
Sony Ericsson W800i The good: Admirable call quality; simple design; user-friendly interface; high-quality MP3 player with FM radio; Bluetooth and infrared port; speakerphone; 2-megapixel camera; world phone. The bad: Slippery, small keypad buttons; small phone book; poorly located headset jack; users can't listen to music through Bluetooth headphones; accepts Sony's proprietary Memory Stick only. The bottom line: Its design may not be particularly flashy, but the Sony Ericsson W800i Walkman phone elegantly combines its calling and multimedia features into a powerful device. Read review | Check prices
Sony Ericsson K750i The good: Sleek design; great display; user-friendly controls; speedy interface; excellent camera and music functions; hot-swappable memory expansion; solid battery life. The bad: Flimsy upper row of soft keys; small joystick; fairly long loading times. The bottom line: It doesn't have 3G or the kitchen sink, but the K750i packs just about everything you could demand from a high-end camera phone. See the specs | Check prices
Nokia N70 Nokia's second N-series offering, the N70, is based on the Series 60 platform and comes jam-packed with an impressive list of multimedia features, including a 2-megapixel camera with 20x digital zoom, 3G support, and video recording and playback. An onboard RS-MMC slot provides for memory expansion, while the integrated Visual Radio function allows for added user interactivity. Other noteworthy features include Java support, PictBridge, and Bluetooth connectivity. See the specs | Check prices
Based on the Series 40 user interface, the triband Nokia 6021 offers a minimalistic set of features that includes Bluetooth, push to talk (depending on the service provider), MMS, e-mail viewing, and an integrated xHTML browser. As with the other Nokia 60xx-series handsets, the key attraction of the phone is its affordable price. Read review
Sony Ericsson W550i
Sporting the trademark bright orange exterior, the Sony Ericsson W550i Walkman phone is equipped with several functions similar to its candy-bar W800i predecessor, including dedicated music buttons, an FM tuner, video and still-image capture, and Bluetooth connectivity. Adding to the whole mobile entertainment experience are new features such as advanced 3D gaming support, interchangeable covers, and a whopping 256MB of onboard memory that lets you store more than 70 songs. Read review | Check prices
The good: Simple design; FM radio; affordable price; speakerphone function. The bad: Minimal set of features; no connectivity (except GPRS); dual band. The bottom line: There is little more to this phone besides the most basic handset features. It is essentially just a device for making calls with a touch of class in its look. Read review
The good: Huge display; speedy user interface; powerful speakers. The bad: Photo-capture capabilities lag; uneven build; rigid menu soft keys. The bottom line: The 3230 offers a reasonable choice for those looking for a decent smart phone, but its design blemishes its potential. Read review | Check prices
Samsung SGH-E730 (Silver Nano) The good: Multiple video and music functionality; strong build quality; Bluetooth; crisp and sharp LCD; external music and imaging controls. The bad: No expandable memory; average battery life; weak flash illuminator; slow USB 1.1 transfer. The bottom line: This feature-packed clamshell will appeal to everyday commuters with its numerous music-playing and image-capturing capabilities. It is, however, somewhat handicapped by its limited onboard memory. Read review | Check prices
The good: Bright screen with a sharp 16-million-color display; supports both MP3 and M4A audio files; slim clamshell design; 1.3-megapixel camera; push-button opening mechanism. The bad: No Bluetooth; no memory expansion; spring mechanism tilts the phone; no external LCD. The bottom line: As an entry-level model in Panasonic's Visual Slim range of mobile phones, the VS2's main appeal lies in its excellent display and close resemblance to Japanese handset designs.
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