PHOTOVIEW: Sony Ericsson Aspen Windows Mobile Smartphone
13 August 2010
Excerpt: 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.
VIDEOVIEW: Sony Ericsson Aspen Unboxing and Hands-On
13 August 2010
Excerpt: Following the earlier photoview of the Sony Ericsson Aspen, here's the unboxing and hands-on of Sony Ericsson's (most likely) last Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphone, the company announced back in February . The Aspen supports 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.
Conclusion: It’s been a while since we last had to deal with a QWERTY-enabled PocketPC candybar. But it looks like we’ll be seeing quite some of them around. We don’t know if the industry is running out of ideas and trying to recycle old concepts. Or quite a few makers have done their homework properly and found potential.
Pros: Four-row QWERTY keyboard, D-pad navigation, 2.4" 65K-color resistive touchscreen of 320 x 240 pixel resolution, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional with XPERIA panels, 256MB RAM, 265MB ROM, 100MB user storage, Quad-band GSM support and 3G with HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 2Mbps support, Wi-Fi b/g, GPS with A-GPS support, DivX, XviD video support, microSD card slot (up to 16GB, 8GB card in the box), 3.15 megapixel fixed-focus camera, geotagging, VGA video recording @ 15fps, O...
Cons: Small and low-res touchscreen display, Fairly customized but inconsistent UI, No proximity sensor for in-call screen auto locking, No secondary video-call camera, Memory card slot under the battery cover, Poor still imaging and video, no flash, Video playing limited to QVGA, Poor task switching
Conclusion: Now I have two options, option 1 is to paint my Snap white and send that back, hoping that no one will notice. Option 2 is to see if I can manage to swap the screens from each of these devices over to give the Snap the touchscreen, it might work as they are very similar, and would probably be the better option as I prefer the overall feel and design of my Snap but i do like the added functionality of the Aspen.
Conclusion: Aspen features a good music player that can play different music files such as MP3, WMA, WAV, and eAAC+. You also get stereo FM with RDS, which comes as a good entertainment feature as well. As far as the videos are concerned, Aspen includes a video playback that can play MP4, WMV, H.264, and H.263 files. Moreover, the Sony Ericsson Aspen is supportive to Social media applications like Twitter and FaceBook, along with YouTube, Skype, and Google Maps™ Latitude.
Pros: Eco-friendly, Windos 6.5.3 OS, Social network integration
Conclusion: Неделя пользования Aspen'ом пролетела быстро, телефон мне понравился практически всем, не очень удобен маленький тач-скрин, но к этому можно привыкнуть. Телефон очень функциональный, комплектация достойная, стоимость сейчас около 11 000 рублей. Если вам нужен клавиатурный смартфон — вы его нашли!
Summary: Wer ein Gerät sucht, das gut in der Hand liegt, keine Multimediamaschine ist, aber optimale Unterstützung für die Kommunikation liegt, der ist mit dem Aspen gut bedient. Das Touchscreen des Gerätes aber ist nette Beigabe, bei der Größe aber wenig funktionale Unterstützung.