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DEVELOPMENT: 3 and Motorola unveil Symbian based 3G video handset
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 28.08.03 - 22:35:28 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 5785x
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Motorola and UK based 3G carrier 3 today have announced the arrival of their most advanced 3G handset to date - the Motorola A920. The handset has a full-color widescreen display designed to showcase 3's person-to-person video calling capabilities, as well as its exclusive video content.

The Motorola A920 sets a new standard for the mobile industry and brings enhanced functionality to customers of 3's video mobile network. A mobile phone, video and still camera, a PDA, an MP3 player and gaming capability have been combined into one product.

The A920's 65,000+ color screen - which can also hold up to 20 lines of text - will show video content, such as Barclaycard Premiership goals and the latest film clips, with an impressive clarity and resolution.

The handset was jointly developed by 3 and Motorola, exclusively for the 3 video mobile network.

  • Make real time video calls to friends, family or colleagues via a digital, built in video camera. Great for sharing memories or special occasions with other 3 video mobile users
  • View music videos, movie trailers, sports or news clips at near broadcast quality
  • Find the nearest café, restaurant, shops or cinema, thanks to 3's location services and the new Assisted Global Positioning System (AGPS) capability of the A920
  • Listen to music using the phone as a personal stereo with an integrated MP3 player and a built in speaker as well as separate headphones
  • Make or receive calls at the same time as accessing 3's content areas and downloading video or audio clips; and
  • Use the phone internationally. Customers can make calls (including in North America via the tri-band operation)

The menu system is navigated via icons on the touch screen, as well as dedicated "hot buttons" for the most popular applications such as, "home" and "3 services".

The A920 runs on a version of the open operating system, Symbian OS v7.0 and incorporates the latest pen-based user interface by UIQ. Applications can be downloaded, such as games based on Java and C++, from 3. This will allow consumers to update their handsets regularly with new applications and content.

The Motorola A920 can also double up as a separate, hand-held gaming console. Flip the phone on its side and use the console-style game controls, including a five -way navigation key to play Java-based games.

An expansion memory card is also available for up to 256 extra Mb of space for multimedia files. The phone also offers more basic mobile phone functionality such as text and picture messaging.

The full commercial rollout of 3 services in the UK and Italy is already underway, with further services to follow over the coming months in Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Ireland and Israel. Details of 3's services can found online at

The Motorola A920 will be available in 3 outlets and from selected retail partners from September 2003; a price wasn't given.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Christopher on 28.09.03 - 09:35:38

I waited with impatient anticipation, the release of this phone/pda, since downloading and studying the manual off the FCC web site in March. When it was finally released here in Australia in September, and even though I already had the NEC e606 3G phone, there was no hesitation on purchasing the a920 as well. Two weeks later, and I still love it. Off course two way video talk is great and it's something that the e606 does also, but the a920 has a much sharper picture in both still and video images, not to mention the larger screen, along with the ability to install an additional memory card of upto 128 MB. The internal memory is 32 MB.

The PDA function was the main attraction for me as it will now do the combined function of the NEC e606 and my iPaq PDA, in one relatively compact unit.

The handwriting recognition on the touch screen works better than expected, compared to other systems that I have tried, and is actually very quick and usable.

The ability to receive emails from others, ie other than Three, is also available.

Criticisms? well nothing is perfect and there are some anoyances. Firstly, although still pictures and videos can be viewed in widescreen, albeit with a reduction in resolution, this can't be done in typing or email mode.

Secondly it takes a long time to boot up, timed at 54 seconds. My computer takes less time than that to boot up.

Further, access to emails from other providers than Three, such as yahoo, ozemail etc are acessed via the browser messaging menu, where the viewing of the menu is almost impossible, due to blue writing on a blue background!!!! that practiccally hides the print of such things as "view inbox", "check for new mail" etc.

Wish list:

I would like to see pocket Word and Excel as is available on the Pocket PC PDA's, and a Klondike type game, such as Microsofts Solitaire. Perhaps a built in TV tuner would be nice. I've read that this function is already available on a Korean phone.

Having said that, the criticisms are relatively minor and should not detract anyone else wanting this wonderful devise. I certainly don't regret my purchase.

Posted by maher on 28.03.04 - 17:14:22

i need update for motorola a920 to be arabic edation please

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