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MOBILE MEDIA: Nokia announced its first mass storage mobilephone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 27.04.05 - 16:40:07 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10987x
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Not many mobile phones have been touted as "iPod killers", maybe the first one was be the HTC Magician (i-mate JAM, Xda mini) which has a similar shape but misses the hard disk, the other one might be the Samsung SGH-i300 which is a Windows Mobile Smartphone and includes a 3 GB HDD.

However, today's announced Nokia N91 combines a mobile phone with a 4-gigabyte hard disk to create a portable music player with room for up to 3000 songs and supports MP3, M4A, AAC and WMA.

Coming around the corner with an industry standard 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and dedicated music keys on the face it could become the first real "Mobilewalkman".

"The Nokia N91 delivers both a fantastic music experience and cutting-edge phone features," said Jonas Geust, Vice President, Music at Nokia. "What sets the Nokia N91 apart is the fact that it is always connected - you can download new music while on the move, add it to your favorite playlist and then share your playlist with friends. It's truly the world's best mobile connected jukebox."

Connecting your PC via USB2.0 (which isn't supported by Windows Mobile devices yet) or Bluetooth it looks exceptionally easy to manage your playlists.

Wow, this will be a hot music summer. On the Windows Mobile front we expect the Samsung SGH-i300 and the Orange SPVC550/T-Mobile SDA II Music, on the traditional mobile phone front we can expect Nokia's N91 and SonyEricsson's W800i.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by jomni on 28.04.05 - 03:00:05

The term "First Mobile Walkman" is not correct as Sony Ericsson will realease the W800 music phone which is really branded as a Sony Walkman.  The name Walkman belongs to Sony anyway.  Only thing going for Nokia vs. the Sony Ericsson (and the windows smartphone counterparts) is the 4GB hardrive as the "Walkman" uses the Sony Memory Stick for storage(which can go up to 1GB only and is the most expensive among the storage card formats).

Posted by Onedutch on 28.04.05 - 08:26:04

Hi,

After checking the pictures of the Nokia Phone and the W800 phone I conclude that using the small buttons on the nokia will not help it to reach the top. People who listen to MP3's are young, and younger people sms alot... Small unreachable buttons are not handy for much SMS'ing.

Greetz Tom

Posted by XzaniX on 28.04.05 - 14:17:37

Onedutch wrote:

People who listen to MP3's are young, and younger people sms alot... Small unreachable buttons are not handy for much SMS'ing.
Greetz Tom

Hi Tom,
Well, if you looked at the price of this device, I've some doubts that Nokia is adressing youg people big_smile Well, maybe it was a strategy to have people to get the bluetooth keyboard bundled with the N91 big_smile

Anyhow, I ws expecting the new HTC, kind of Magician 2, to be released with such technical specs sad Shall I really go back for a Nokia N91??? Does the empire stike back? Magician reloaded with at least same specs? UMTS, WiFI, 4GB disk, 128MB RAM ....

Posted by jomni on 29.04.05 - 02:18:52

Guys, the N91 is most probably not a smartphone.  It probably has it's own OS different from the Nokia Smartphones (Series 60, Series 90).  That's why it deviates from the usual numbering scheme.  I don't think you can install anyting in it's 4GB drive except music and java games.  So it's not really that functional as PDA's.  Think of it as just an ipod with phone features.

Now is there any news on a Pocket PC / Pocket PC Phone with a 4GB hard disk?  A Palm with this much capacity is already around the corner.

Posted by rilpop on 29.04.05 - 04:30:40

Does it have built-in wiFi?  Bluetooth?

Posted by Onedutch on 29.04.05 - 10:24:33

XzaniX wrote:

Onedutch wrote:

People who listen to MP3's are young, and younger people sms alot... Small unreachable buttons are not handy for much SMS'ing.
Greetz Tom

Hi Tom,
Well, if you looked at the price of this device, I've some doubts that Nokia is adressing youg people big_smile Well, maybe it was a strategy to have people to get the bluetooth keyboard bundled with the N91 big_smile

Anyhow, I ws expecting the new HTC, kind of Magician 2, to be released with such technical specs sad Shall I really go back for a Nokia N91??? Does the empire stike back? Magician reloaded with at least same specs? UMTS, WiFI, 4GB disk, 128MB RAM ....

Aaarrrghhhhh the Magician II is comming allready (rumours)... I'm getting mine next monday a 'old fashionned' Magician from Orange the M500... I've got hope that when Magneto comes out there will be a leaked rom image for the Magician.

I Was just talking to my collegue about the upcomming device for the Dutch Market, this is my list:

1. HipTop (Just one provider will deliver it to Holland (Hi), populair in the States, looks fancy
2a SonyEriccson w800 (Retro feeling WalkMan brand is back from being away for a long time, everybody wanted a walkman 20 years ago)
2b Samsung Thor or SGH-i300 (also a Harddisk and the new Bill Gates os.... Expect much from it)
3. Nokia (It is not yet their market i guess)

Cya

Posted by djcootodal on 02.05.05 - 19:24:16

they look funny to me

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