Mobile phones have changed a lot in the last few years: they’re now faster and thinner (and wider) than ever, with sharp graphics and increased storage capacity… and screens that could shatter at a second’s notice. The fact that late-90s devices have had a recent resurgence has even been credited in part to the fact that smartphones are more fragile …
Remember the days when pink phones were associated with the words 'limited edition' or 'exclusive'. Now they're just run-of-the-mill, they're everywhere, in colours ranging from baby pink, to coral, to cerise, to crimson to aaarrrggghh! No longer are they deemed 'special'. They've been de-ranked to the bog-standard world of mobile phoneage, to join the likes of silver and white outer shells. That doesn't mean to say pink phones have lost their appeal in our hearts. We're paying homage to the pink mobile phone (breast cancer associations and all) – may you continue to make girls giddy with your rosy exterior, spreading joy to the people who own you forever.
Everyone’s been talking about it the last few weeks – the blogs haven’t buzzed this much since the Lonelygirl15 scandal; the chippies are wrapping pieces of cod in newspapers’ sycophantic gushings about it, heck, even your own Aunt has asked you how integrated the OS X will be in it. Yep, we’re talking ’bout the iPhone. However, in the shadow of Steve Jobs’s phallic phone, many worthy mobiles have been cast aside – until now. Take a look under the jump for Shiny Shiny’s list of the Top 10 Mobile Phones Of 2007 We Can’t Wait For. And, err, admittedly the iPhone is on the list, not just to sate the Apple fans’ thirst for More, More, More Pictures of The Great Shiny Object, but because it’s actually a pretty great phone once you ignore all the buzz. Read on, fellow mobile geeks!
Phones have very little in common with buses, you might think. But with the current trend among handset firms for releasing a number of models at the same time, hackneyed writers such as myself can fall back on old cliches when desperately digging about for an intro.
So yes, phones are like buses. You wait ages for one that you like to come out, and then three come along at once. The latest form of cellular tempation comes from our friends at Samsung, who have just launched three Ultra Edition phones – the Ultra Music F300, the Ultra Video F500 and the Ultra Messaging i600. Unfortunately for those of us at Shiny towers (but keeping a smile on my bank manager’s face), there’s no news yet as to when – if ever – these phones will be released in Europe. By the time they are, I bet Japanese phones will have learned to make tea and apply makeup.
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