07. 26. 2006
Look out Apple, the Walkman lives on as a mobile phone
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.