As excited reports about the launch of the Google phone gather storm, we list some of the coolest mobile machines that have been making a buzz this year.
Apple iPhone: Just as the iPod revolutionised the mobile music market six years ago, the iPhone has set a new benchmark for the cell phone industry with its full-scale internet browser and a colourfully distinctive touch screen. Not in India yet.
Google Gphone: Google is reportedly two weeks away from the worldwide release of its own phone and is in talks with Indian service providers to launch it here simultaneously. Trademark Google features such as the search engine, maps and emails will provide the USP for this gizmo.
Motorola Razr 2: Suavely promoted by Abhishek Bachchan, this phone comes complete with a 2GB internal memory, 2.0 mega pixel camera, CrystalTalk technology, ultra-fast menu navigation, USB 2.0 connectivity, and Bluetooth compatibility, all of which can set you back by a cool 20 grand.
Sony Ericsson W200i Walkman Phone: An attention grabbing ad featuring Hrithik Roshan loving “the thump” of the music playing on his phone has made this a popular sell. Distinctive features: bass reflexive headphones, 20 channels of preset stereo FM radio and a 4x zoom VGA camera.
Nokia N95: With a two-way slide feature making it easy to switch between different functions such as reading maps and watching videos, fans are heralding this gadget as being more of a multimedia computer than a phone. Promo tagline: “There’s a thing in my pocket. But it’s not one thing, it’s many.”
Gold LG Prada: Ready to shell out more than 40 grand for techno toys? This comes with the usual web browser, email client and MP3 playing capabilities, but is wrapped in 24 carat gold! May or may not make it to India.