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Nokia 3500 Classic Mobile Phone

Bringing models numbers of previous handsets back from the dead is not something that any other mobile manufacturer has attempted before. But Nokia have taken the leap and followed the successful marketing ploys of the film and fashion industries that is commonly known as retro.

This form of marketing is based on releasing previously successful products such as clothing, jewelry and television programs in a new guise but with the same name to squeeze extra revenue. The TV industry are probably the best known for this by releasing remakes of old classic films and series that were popular before but giving them todays influences. This is very much the case with Nokia’s latest Classic Series range of mobile phones, both models hold exactly the same model numbers as previous models but they also both offer todays technology, features and design.

The first of the Classic range launches was the Nokia 6500, the original of this model number was a groundbreaking handset that offered the first blue backlit screen of any Nokia as well as clean cut squared design and small stature. The current model accentuates all of these factors by being the slimmest Nokia phone to date at only 9.5mm in depth, is manufactured from seamless anodized aluminum and offers 3G services including video calling and fast download speeds.

To compliment the range, Nokia have now released their second model, the Nokia 3500 Classic, the original handset will be remembered for its appeal to fashion followers looking for the next big thing, it was a two tone phone with a budget price but offered sleek design, simple functionality and a long battery life. The same can be said for the latest 3500 model, it is a typical candy bar format with no flips, slides or twists that is surrounded by a stylish metal frame that gives the handset a retro look with minimalist design, the keypad is surrounded by colourful lines that frame each key and light up when the phone is in use or receiving an incoming call or text message.

The battery life lives up to its namesake as well, providing a substantial 12 days of standby time in between charges whilst the phonebook caters for that very basic need of space for extra names by offering a 2000 entry contacts list.

The Nokia 3500 Classic offers a camera whereas the original did not, this is not surprising though as many of the phones available at the time of the same price range also did not provide a camera. The camera offers 2.0 megapixels with a flash for poor light conditions, a digital zoom for close up photography and support for video capture and playback. The new 3500 also offers Bluetooth technology for wireless transfer of files to compatible devices, it can also be used to connect with Bluetooth enabled headsets and hands free car kits for safe driving whilst conversing.

Fast internet browsing, email support and downloading is achieved with the introduction of GPRS and EDGE technology which makes surfing and purchasing online extremely fast and efficient.
Also present is an MP3 player that can be filled with music tracks by either uploading from a PC using a data cable or downloading direct from the mobile internet.

Although it may sound as though the new model offers far more in the way of features and technology, when compared to handset in the same price range as the original handset the two models are very much alike. The first 3500 Nokia phone was innovative and stylish, it was a functional yet desirable handset that fell into most peoples budget, the new 3500 Classic offers these same advantages and compliments the Classic range well.

Nokia 6500 Classic on Pay As You Go

In general, the pay as you go or pre paid market is the realm of the bottom to middle end mobile handsets that do not cost too much. This keeps overall costs down for the general consumer who has decided to buy a pay as you go phone because they do not want the expense of a contract over 12 or 18 months.

There are of course other reasons that customers decide to opt for pay as you go phones rather than the normal contract offerings, when buying a pay as you go handset there is no need to pass a credit check. This is an important factor as one on four UK residents cannot pass credit checks for a mobile phone contract.

The network operators set their own thresholds for credit checks and some are more stringent than others and after failing a credit check consumers are left with only two options should they still wish to own a mobile phone.

The first is a SIM free purchase, this involves buying the handset without any contractual agreement, network attachment or connection but ultimately this freedom comes at a price. the cheaper option is to purchase a pay as you go mobile phone that are subsidized by the networks and work out less expensive than buying outright.

So, the majority of handsets available on pay as you go are low to mid range phones, they ordinarily offer a mid range camera such as a 2.0 megapixel, a music player and bluetooth support, this is usually as much as the average consumer demands from a mobile phone.

However, the latest addition to the pay as you go market is very different, the new Nokia 6500 Classic is a high end handset that is 3G enabled and officially the slimmest Nokia mobile phone available at only 9.5mm thin.
This will make some consumers very happy as the scope of technology has suddenly opened to include new features and design in a desirable handset.

The Nokia 6500 Classic on Pay As You Go is manufactured from seamless anodized aluminum, the only one of its kind, it has a 2.0 megapixel camera with a flash for poor light conditions, a digital zoom for close up photography and supports video playback and recording, however the most impressive features of the 6500 are centered around the fact that the handset is 3G enabled.

3G video calling is facilitated by a secondary camera for face to face video calling, users are also able to surf the internet at high broadband like speeds as well as download new mobile content such as ring tones, games and wallpapers. 3G services opens up a world of new multimedia and informational services including streaming video clips, new movie trailers and the latest release music tracks.

To see a phone of this caliber available on the pay as you go network is a real change with the norm and a sign that the market is changing and operators are now accommodating the very people that they have turned down for credit when applying for a contract mobile phone.

Nokia 5310 Red Music is Released on O2 Orange & Virgin Mobile

Music and mobile phones have been merged together ever since the popularity of MP3 players were released, if there is one thing that mobile phone manufacturers are good at it is inspecting the latest gadgets to hit the market and then instructing their research and development departments to incorporate the feature into their handsets.

This has been seen time and again by the leading manufacturers, first there was the introduction of digital cameras into phones, then music players, next came multimedia players to include video and then GPS satellite navigation. The manufacturers feel that consumers should only need to leave their homes with one multi functional gadget as opposed to many standalone devices and they are dedicated to making it the mobile phone.

Integrated music players have come a long way since their initial introduction to the mobile phone, these days users are supplied with software to easily drag and drop music files on their PC directly into the phones memory, download new music tracks direct from the mobile internet and more recently facilitate the creation of playlists to organise and manage the tracks to suit genre, mood or tempo.

The new Nokia 5310 Red Edition offers all of this music player technology as well as a substantial onboard memory that can store up to a staggering 300 songs, a real rival for standalone music devices such as iPods and Zen MP3 players.

The 5310 is slightly different to the Xpress Music phones that went before it, the design format is that of the standard candy bar with no flips, slides or twists, this allows plenty of room for some dedicated music control keys that are located to the left hand side of the main display screen. From here the user can play, rewind, fast forward and pause their music tracks as well as shuffle randomly.

There have also been some major improvements to the battery life when compared with the previous 5300 model, the 5310 offers 18 hours of music playback time between charges and there is also a 3.5mm Av jack so users no longer have to use the branded headphones that are supplied with the equipment.

The 5310 is far slimmer than previous models and measures just 9.9mm in depth, aside from the music features the handset also offers a 2.0 megapixel camera with a flash for poor light conditions, a digital zoom for close up photography and support for video recording and playback.

Connectivity options include GPRS, UMTS and Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP stereo support, this enhances the transmitted music into stereo when listening via Bluetooth headphones. This wireless technology also allows for transfer of music, picture and video files to compatible devices as well as connections to hands free car kits and headsets for safe hands free driving.

The Nokia 5310 Red is a marked improvement on previous models, it seems the manufacturer has taken on board the consumers niggles and gripes and produced a competent, desirable and stylish music orientated mobile phone.

The Nokia 5310 Red Edition is set to be joined by a Blue version that offers exactly the same specifications, features and design but with blue strips either side of the main display that houses the dedicated music buttons.

Samsung U600 Purple is an Orange Network Exclusive

Christmas is by far the busiest time of the year for retailers in all industries and the mobile phone sector enjoys bumper sales leading up to and during the festive period. The majority of mobile phone purchases in this period are pay as you go phone deals mostly because their is no contract to sign and no credit check to pass, making the packages ideal presents.

The overwhelming difference between this Christmas and last year is an influx of new colour variant mobile phones, these are handsets that are being sold with different coloured casings. The theory behind this new sales ploy is simple, now that consumers can no longer buy mobile phones that facilitate removable fascias for personalisation the manufacturers are able to release varying coloured handsets to attract different cliental.

One significant example of this is the amount of pink coloured mobile phones now available on the market, these are being snapped up by a predominantly female client base which the manufacturers are seeing an increased revenue from.

The latest colour variant of a popular model to be released is actually the only of it’s kind for the moment, it is the new Samsung U600 Purple. It is to be the first UK model to be officially called purple and the closest available colour variants at the moment are a Sony Ericsson K550i Plum and Samsung E250 Lilac.

The Samsung U600 Purple has come about due to an exclusive agreement struck between Samsung and the UK network operator Orange for sole distribution rights. This will no doubt prove extremely beneficial for the network over the festive period.

Samsung U600 Purple

The U600 is already available in seven different colours including Black, Blue, Pink, White, Gold, Silver and Red, it is the only handset in the history of the mobile industry to be released in so many colours which goes to prove the handsets popularity in the UK.

Along with the attraction of the colours, the U600 offers an impressive feature set which includes a 3.2 megapixel camera with a built in flash or poor light conditions, a digital zoom for close up photography and support for video recording and playback of short video clips.
The handset features the manufacturers trademark smooth sliding action that protects the keys when closed and an extremely slim design with the overall depth measuring just 10.9mm, hence the official model name of Samsung SGH U600 Ultra Edition 10.9 Purple – a bit of a mouthful.

The U600 has a large 2.2 inch TFT screen for viewing and an expandable memory for storing photos, videos, games and applications created on the phone. Other features include Bluetooth for wireless transfer of files and connections with hands free devices, GPRS and EDGE technology for fast download speeds whilst using the built in internet browser and a document viewer for opening email attachments whilst out and about.

The outer purple casing differs slightly from the rest of the range with a metallic gloss finish, the other models are predominantly matt finished.

The purple edition of the U600 is the last colour to be released and completes the model line up, the manufacturer has announced many new models for the forthcoming year and so will now concentrate on those rather than more colour variants.

The purple U600 offers something different from the rest of the range as most of the colours released before it are also available with other manufacturers, this last addition is just in time for Christmas and will be available on the pay as you go deals preferred as gifts.

Sony Ericsson W880i Havana Gold Joins the Walkman Line-Up

The Sony Ericsson W880i is the slimmest Walkman mobile phone that the manufacturer have released to date, it features the latest Walkman software package for managing, organising and enhancing the music tracks stored in its memory.

So it comes as no surprise that a major UK network operator decided to strike a deal with the manufacturer for sole distribution rights for a new colour variant that seems to be making a presence in the mobile phone market.

Gold phones are a fairly recent colour addition to the mainstream blacks and greys, the first gold coloured phone was the Motorola V3i D&G (Dolce and Gabanna) designer handset, this particular model is still available today proving its appeal to the consumer audience.

The second gold model was the Samsung U600 which was not endorsed by any celebrities or designer labels but simply a new colour variant of the popular U-Series, again this handset still sees promotion from retailers today.

Then a different kind of gold handset was released by Nokia, the 8800 Sirocco gold edition actually featured an exterior casing manufactured from 18 carat Gold, this was a completely new development in the industry, encouraging other manufacturers to use expensive materials for their top of the range handsets, materials now include annodised aluminium, chrome plating and stainless steel.

With the popularity of gold coloured phones on the rise, Vodafone set about finding a new handset that already does well in the market place to brand as their own and they have found this in the new Sony Ericsson W880i.

This slim Walkman phone offers a 2.0 megapixel camera with a flash for poor light conditions, a digital zoom for close up photography and support for video recording and playback of short video clips.

The internal music player is a branded Walkman software product that can store up to 900 tracks and download, stream, store and play back music.

The Walkman software makes it easy to manage the music in the W880i. One click starts the Walkman music player, users can then play, rewind, fast forward, equalise, shuffle tracks and create playlists – just like in any other digital music player and the Walkman player supports several file formats including MP3 and AAC.

There is an additional piece of software called TrackID that helps users when they hear a song they like but do not know what it’s called. The user can simply record a few seconds of the song and use TrackID to send the music to the Gracenote Mobile MusicID database for recognition. In seconds, they will have the name, artist and album sent to the phone.

Users can also transfer tracks straight from a music CD to the handset by just dragging and dropping files on the screen of their PC. Disc2Phone CD-ripping software lets them fill the phone with their favourite songs with little fuss.
Another feature to the W880i is MegaBass, when bass frequencies are enhanced, you get a better overall music experience. Users can play their tracks loud and clear through high-quality headphones or external speakers whilst MegaBass adds depth, and stereo widening for a bigger sound. Let it thump.

The new Sony Ericsson W880i Gold only serves to enhance the appeal of the handset, the only downside to this agreement is that consumers will only be able to buy the phone directly from Vodafone either through their high street shops or from their website, however exclusive phones usually come with exclusive deals so the Sony Ericsson W880i Gold should fit most peoples budget.

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