The world and his wife, her son and his chinchilla know I’m not a great fan of Nokia so did it manage to change my mind at CeBIT? In truth, not much.
The N92, N80 and E61 were all on show and it was the first of these that was certainly the best of the bunch, even though we had first got a glimpse of it way back in November.
A high quality 2.8in screen with 320 x 240 resolution and inbuilt DVB-H and WiFi are the highlights of the handset. A 2MP camera, 3G and Bluetooth are also highly welcome but being a Nokia handset there has to be a downside in my book and there is a major one: portability. The N92 is a monster which feels uncomfortably large in hand (107 x 58 x 25mm) and unfeasibly heavy (191g). Look for it in Q2 if you’re arms are in need of a good tone up.
Also a little on the hefty side is the N80. This 3MP camera phone weighs in at 134g but many will forgive it considering the integrated wireless and 325 x 416 resolution 2.1in screen. Considering the specs the 40MB of onboard memory is rather stingy but it should be out by the end of the month for those with deep pockets and large monthly contracts.
Unveiled as far back as October, the E61 – or NokiaBerry, as it is being dubbed – was the other noteworthy handset on display. The Symbian 9.1 based smartphone is Nokia’s latest move into the business world and has a 320 x 240 display, email client with full attachment handling and VoIP client. Again weight is an issue at 144g but it makes a largely welcome addition.
Finally, the N91 was also on display in a case of better late than never but the 4GB sporting device is already bested by Samsung’s 8GB i310 and the better design of Sony Ericsson’s M600i while it is also a little heavy. On the plus side, it does carry WiFi and 3G but a stack of WMA DRM support too.
Moving on, I’ll get emails until the end of time if I don’t mention Motorola for all those RAZR fan boys out there. So what did it do? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Not only had we seen every handset it had on display before, but we’d even fondled it too. Here’s a single shot of the best of them (the V3x) should you really need to see one again.