Honestly, is everybody trying to be the Wii now? We're finishing up on CTIA '07, and easily the biggest homage to Nintendo's little blockbuster has to be the Sony Ericsson W910 Walkman. Sure, it could've been just another cell phone/camera/mp3 player, but this one has the Wii's motion sensor technology in it. You shuffle between music tracks or play mobile games just by flicking the thing around.
It doesn't, however, come with the Wiimote's calamity-avoiding wrist strap. We'll take a wild guess that cell phone insurance won't cover it if the W910 slips out of your hands while you're scrolling through your ABBA playlist. A cell phone warranty from SquareTrade (with Accidental Damage Protection) would, and for a lot less.
Meanwhile, struggling Motorola just released a bleak quarterly outlook and a new line of phones they're hoping will make things considerably less bleak. A 24-karat gold-plated Razr2 V8 Luxury Edition seems a bit unnecessary (how much luxury do you really need from a cMu9ell phone, anyway?) but we like the look of the Moto U9. We like it a lot.
The U9's glossy finish - available in his and hers Black and Dark Pink - hides touch controls on the face, and the display is invisible when not in use; all you see is a blank faceplate. An optional 4GB memory card allows for a 1000 song catalog... by sheer coincidence, about what the baseline iPhone carries. The overall design reminds us a lot of Motorola's Pebl, but slick touches like those give the U9 its own personality. One we're looking forward to learning more about.
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