Music Phones, Everywhere I Look, Music Phones! Nothing has really grabbed me yet, but if you can’t beat em… Hooray, hooray, another one (!?!)
The latest edition to this fast swelling handset category comes from Nokia, and what an oddball it is too. The 3250’s squat appearance (10.3 x 5 x 2cm, 115g) appears to have been inspired by the form of Danny Devito and, stranger still, is the fact it swivels 270 degrees just above the keypad to reveal rudimentary music controls.
Some semblance of normality is regained via the – fast becoming industry standard – two megapixel integrated camera, 262k colour display, MP3, WMA and AAC file support and FM Radio. A microSD slot also makes an appearance allowing for up to a gig of memory, which will give you approximately 300 tracks (when encoded at 128kbps). The Finns waffle on about how it can take 750 tracks, but don’t believe a word of it unless you like to listen to your music extra tinny at 48kbps… (shifty darn marketing men).
What is nice is the drag and drop loading functionality, while the universal 3.5mm stereo output means you’ll be able to buy a decent pair of headphones (following the industry rule that any form of supplied headphones must be utterly, utterly naff). A range of colours from the dull to the downright girlie (from black to pink) will also be available at launch.
Speaking of which, this should be around Q1 next year which we can count as a blessing since I’ll survive the festive season without having to watch bucket loads of kids twist these things needlessly backwards and forwards while I try and concentrate on something more important… like drinking.
(Actually, I have really cool plans lined up; I’m just not telling you!)