3GSM The Show That Just Keeps On Giving

Like English comedian Jimmy Cricket once said, "There's More". But the question remains, will it ever end?

Despite wowing us with its SLVR V8, black limited edition RAZR and quirky PEBL phones, it also seems Motorola is a long way from burnt out as far as 3GSM announcements go.


Next out the gates is a collaboration with super-cool sunglasses manufacturer Oakley. Following on from the huge success of its Thump brand introduced last year, Motorola is going to provide Oakley with more musical shades based around the Wire line. The RAZRWire is an obvious blend of two of the companies’ most saleable brands and if the popularity of Thump is anything to go by these babies should fly off the shelves when they are introduced in the second half of this year. They look like a great pair of glasses with a clip-on cracker toy to me though.


Another high point from the current en-vogue manufacturer is the E1120 which features a camera with no less than three (count em) megapixels. Further superlatives come from the fact that it comes equipped with an auto-focus lens. On top of that the E1120 will be quad band, working with WCDMA and GSM netoworks, it has a 320 x 240 pixel LCD screen, Bluetooth, support for Windows media and a TransFlash slot. Want one? You’ll have to wait until the end of the year I’m afraid.


Dropping slightly down the food chain we have the E1060: quad band 3G, VGA camera for video calls, 1.3 megapixel camera for photos, 2in, 262k screen, TransFlash memory card slot and support for MP3, AAC+, MEG4, WMV and WMA. There had been widespread industry speculation earlier in the day that the E1060 would comes with iTunes installed but Motorola kept quiet on the matter.


Finally (deep breath) Motorola finished off its announcements by showing off the A1010. It’s another quad band 3G smartphone which runs on Symbian 7.0/UIQ 2.1. The – by now – standard features of Bluetooth (yawn). VGA digital video camera (double yawn) and two megapixel photo camera (snooze) are accompanied by a 208 x 320 pixel screen and TransFlash. Shipping, once again, is not expected until the end of the year.


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