11. 20. 2006
Hello Kitty mobiles by OKWAP
We're about due for more Hello Kitty goodness on Popgadget, I think, so here are a few Hello Kitty mobile phones I came across on a recent trip to China. Manufactured by Taiwanese company OKWAP, they aren't exactly new on the market, but I think will be interesting to readers all the same, seeing as most of us won't have easy access to them.
We'll start with A268Kitty, a sweet pink clamshell model with dual colour screens. It's fairly conventional in its features, with the usual camera (3MP) and so on, but it'd probably appeal to many just because of the design. It's also got a basic bilingual dictionary, apparently quite a standard feature on Chinese phones.
The A236Kitty is my personal favourite. The keypad slides out at the bottom, with the 3MP camera at the top on the reverse. I've been using my O2 XDA II for so long, I'm not sure if I could live with a phone that doesn't have a touchscreen and stylus anymore - that alone makes this perfect for me. And check out the adorable menu icons.
The newest of the bunch appears to be the A279Kitty. It's also the most power-packed, with a built-in FM tuner, mp3 player, 3MP camera that will do videos, a pedometer and a bilingual dictionary. It has 100MB of memory onboard, but sadly no memory expansion slot. Its main selling point, however, appears to lie in the strip of LED lights on the front. This is the Wave Messaging feature: type in a short message, and waving your phone will display your message in the air. All that, and you get to switch between the two interchangeable covers (and presumably any cover made for the regular A279 model).
Finally, if pink's not quite your thing, the company also offers the blue H133 Cinnamoroll candybar phone, a fairly basic model compared to the others in the range.
All the phones above come with matching accessories, like pouches, phone charms, etc. Matching wallpapers can be downloaded from the OKWAP sites. OKWAP is easily available in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, but there are various online sources as well.