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07. 26. 2006

Look out Apple, the Walkman lives on as a mobile phone

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Sony once dominated the portable music player market, first with the Walkman in the 80s and then with the Discman in the 90s. Apple may have beat them to the punch in the mp3 market with their ubiquitous ipod, but the W710i Walkman mobile phone from Sony Ericsson looks very impressive for the next generation of devices which will combine mp3 players and phones. This quad-band GMS/EDGE phone has, of course, an mp3 player and FM radio (and the now required 2 megapixel camera with digital video recording.) Realizing that many people use portable music devices when they work out, they also included a stop watch, a timer as well as "fitness applications." The sweetest feature is the TrackID(TM) function, where you can take a snippet of a song and then send it to a music recognition service to get information about the song. Amazing.

I'm hoping that Apple in their partnership with Motorola returns with something great. Their first attempt, the ROKR E1, which basically put iTunes on a mobile phone, was frankly, a bit of a yawn.

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TomB:

I am sure AAPL isn't too concerned. Who'd want to listen to MP3's on a cell phone?

ray:

Apple's joint venture with Motorola shows at least some interest in the area. Lately, I've been carrying both my iPod and my phone, and it's starting to feel clunky. It would be nice to have both of them in one device.

Also, when you combine a mp3 player with a web-enabled phone, you open the door to being able to download and share music (and files) in a completely new (and mobile) way.

carlos:

Very impressive the w710i from SonyEricsson.
The 2 Megapixel camera is fantastic and even more that feature of TrackID. sometimes you like a lot one song but you don't know its name. Now you have the solution.
Well done guys!

Alwyn:

Who listens to music on there cell phone?

What a ridiculous statement.

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last 2 years you wouldn't utter such a phrase. Unless of course you live in the US where they are a couple of years behind.

Sony Ericsson is now selling a million Walkman handsets a month and rising!

It is now possible to purchase a cell phone that has a decent 2mp camera with Autofocus - taking pictures good enough to print, a decent MP3 player with quality headphones, email, msn mesesnger, Internet browser, games, Video-calling so you can actually see who you are talking too, watch TV and much more. (Check out the W900i)

What does an iPod do? play music, erm and?

Are you surprised these Walkman phones are on the up?

I know which one I wouldn't leave home without..

Luana:

how much is it?!

ray:

I don't think they have set a price for this yet. I've heard it should come out later this year, but it's hard, if not impossible to predict these things.

Amy Katie:

I'm getting the W710i phone for christmas and i can't wait to get. All the reviews i ahve been reading about it are so good. I was going to get the LG chocolate pink but after reading reviews on that, i was totally put off. But this phone is certainly my type of phone and i think that everybody should go out and buy the Sony Ericsson w710i today.

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