When there are so many companies making mobile phones you have to ask yourself why any network operator would want to come up with an own-brand mobile. But we’ve seen O2 do this several times before, most recently with its idiosyncratic Cocoon.
Orange has decided to try its hand at the own branded phone lark and has come up with two handsets in quick succession, with the prospect of more to come. They are being named after cities and the two which have been announced so far are Berlin and Tokyo. I’m taking a look at the dual-band Tokyo first and will come to Berlin later.
Tokyo is a tiny mobile phone aimed, I suspect, at those who want to look rather chic but don’t necessarily need a shed-load of impressive features. The phone certainly does the business in the looks department with silver and black the livery of choice and a rather nice brushed metal finish to the battery casing on the back.
At just 68g this phone is going to be hardly noticeable in your pocket, and it is really small in the hand too, at just 92mm tall, 35mm wide and 14mm thick. Holding it in the hand it feels like it ought to be a small slider but it is in fact a standard candy bar handset.
The screen and number pad are a mixed bag. The former is pretty disappointing. It is very, very small measuring about 1.3 inches corner-to-corner, 21mm wide and 26mm tall. It delivers 128 x 160 pixels in this space, and runs to 65 thousand colours. To be fair, the screen couldn’t be much larger and still fit into this tiny mobile, and it is sharp and clear enough to read indoors. However it is difficult to read outside, which is a particular nuisance when using the camera.