Back in early February, Microsoft announced Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and the Sony Ericsson Aspen was the first phone to support Microsoft's latest (and last) Windows Mobile 6.5.x operating system. Featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS and a FM radio with RDS, the Windows Phone is a messaging smartphone with a front facing QWERTY keyboard and a 2.4" QVGA (320 x 240) resistive touchscreen. The device is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU at 600 MHz and comes with 256 MB RAM and 256 MB ROM which can be expanded with microSD memory cards. The fixfocus camera supports 3.2 megapixel only.
The Sony Ericsson Aspen is quite a typical Windows Mobile touchscreen smartphone, featuring the old resistive touchscreen technology and therefore the device also comes with a stylus. However, like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 or the X10 mini series, the Aspen sports the same curved backside which is quite typical for the current range of Sony Ericsson smartphones.
It comes with a slightly customized or better enhanced Windows Mobile 6.5.3 UI and features the Windows Mobile-typical Xperia panels which allows to use different homescreens. This is pretty handy and for a fast and easy navigation through the different homescreen panels, the Aspen has a dedicated panel key bellow the green call key. Other than that, the QWERTY/Z keyboard is well dimensioned which allows to easily type even longer messages.
The Aspen is a Sony Ericsson "GreanHeart" phone which means made from recycled plastics with waterborne paint. The device even reminds the user that the charger should be be unplugged from the wall outlet as soon as the device is unplugged from the charger.
The Sony Ericsson Aspen is available in two colors (iconic-black and white-silver) across Europe for around 225 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne