Vodafone Makes Face Recognition Mobile

This would surprise a few robbers...

I’m getting rather sick of mobile phones. Lots were released ahead of 3GSM, tonnes were released at 3GSM and now lots more are being released after 3GSM. Consequently, it has to be something rather good/quirky to force my fingers to the keyboard one more time and, thankfully, the Vodafone 904SH is both of those things…


The ‘good’ comes courtesy of its 2.4in screen withy super high 640 x 480 resolution and 3.2 megapixel autofocus digital camera with 2x optical zoom. There is also 3D Surround, expandable memory via a MiniSD slot, 360 hours standby and 180 minutes talk time.

As for the ‘quirky’ that comes via an OKI Face Recognition Sensor which – you guessed it – recognises the individual user. The main value is here is for security as it eliminates the need for a PIN and is going to have quite a few thieves scratching their heads this year. Furthermore, the 904SH also features a motion sensor so, for example, maps can be called up via the Vodafone Live! NAVI (a GPS service) and they will rotate according to the direction the user it facing (how my mum could use this… sorry mum, but it is true).

As for the downsides, well the 904SH is rather on the chunky side at 104 x 50 x 28mm and it weighs a porky 151g. It does come in violet, black and blue though which though I initially considered a plus, is actually quite odd.

Look out for the 904SH when it hits shops in April, or rather: it might look out for you…

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