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Sony Ericsson Launches Aspen With Windows Mobile 6.5.3

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Sony Ericsson Launches Aspen With Windows Mobile 6.5.3

Sony Ericsson's environmentally friendly GreenHeart range has had a rather impressive first year on sale and now its latest edition looks set to raise the bar significantly...

The 'Aspen' (previously leaked under the codename 'Faith) is the GreenHeart's first smartphone and while it has more rigid angles than 80s car design (amusingly referred to by Sony Ericsson as "human curvature" - as if), it looks a worthy edition.

Love it/hate it angles are augmented by HSDPA, WiFi, aGPS, Google Maps and stereo speakers plus Facebook, Twitter and Windows Live Messenger integration. There's a 3.2MP camera too plus practicalities such as a microSD expansion card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB charging (my, Sony Ericsson, how you've changed). At 117 x 60 x 12.45 mm and 130g it's portable as well.

The controversial part? It runs Windows Mobile. The good (better) part is the Aspen is the first smartphone to confirm v6.5.3, admittedly a tweak, though one which adds an improved touch UI, (finally) moves the start menu to the bottom and redesigns key features such as messages, time and weather. It's not enough to have Windows Mobile playing in Android, BlackBerry or iPhone territory, but it is a start and suggests better things lay in store for Windows Mobile 7.

The Aspen launches in Q1 in white and black finishes - though the big question remains: will it sell once Microsoft gives us our expected glimpse of Windows Mobile 7 at Mobile World Congress this month...?

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Press Release

DrDark

February 2, 2010, 9:12 pm

Surely the "improved touch UI" wouldn't apply to this phone though?





I definitely don't like the look of the phone "head-on", but it might not be too bad in real life, judging by the other images. Also, a lot of the keyboard design seems ripped off the E71, so it'll probably be quite comfortable to type on.





Price? (Not that I'm likely to consider it, since S60>WM any day on non-touchscreen devices for me).

Ohmz

February 2, 2010, 9:26 pm

Looks sharp.

Oliver Levett

February 2, 2010, 9:49 pm

drdark:


It's got a touchscreen as well as a keyboard.

Peter 20

February 2, 2010, 10:23 pm

I didn't know there were people out there that still bought WinMo phones.

Mik3yB

February 2, 2010, 10:49 pm

To me it looks like an updated M600 ( http://www.clubsonyericsson.co... )





Looks like a nice modern handset - and as drdark points out, looks very Nokia E71esque which is a good thing.

DrDark

February 2, 2010, 10:52 pm

@Oliver: Coo. Sorry for jumping to conclusions, it's just traditionally WM in that full qwerty guise didn't use a touchscreen. Competition for the Palm Pixi then?





@Peter: Oh you tease. Have you not seen the HD2? It almost makes everything better again, but may leave you with strained fingers.

rav

February 2, 2010, 11:03 pm

I always thought non-touchscreen WM was a great OS. Really simple to use and didn't suffer from the lag which affects the touchscreen versions.

Gav66

February 2, 2010, 11:08 pm

A case of too little, too late ... we'll miss you WM. Nah, not really!

Max

February 3, 2010, 5:11 am

Sony could have chopped the top and bottom off the phone and made it 1000x more attractive. Right now it looks like something I would have considered 2-3 years ago. Maybe it's all they green tech stuff which is holding it back, in which case they are forgiven...

Prashanth Reddy

November 7, 2013, 1:11 pm

Does this mobile have the facility of whatsapp and wechat??

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