There are plenty of Smartphones out there. This week Iâ€™ll review a couple, just so you get a feeling of what different manufacturers have to offer.
Since Iâ€™m writing the reviews, I get to choose which phone goes firstâ€”and I choose the Sony Ericsson P1i Unlocked Tri-band GSM Touchscreen Smartphone. After this article, I hope you understand a bit better why you should choose it, too.
The P1i (as weâ€™ll refer to it for the sake of my typing finger) isnâ€™t as flashy as some of the other smartphones available. In fact, it is also not as wide/tall, a feature I really, really like. There are some ridiculously large smartphones out there that make it almost impossible to continue calling the thing a phone and not a PDA. But unlike itâ€™s bulbous brethren, the P1i is actually slimmer than a RAZR. Hard to believe, but true. In fact, Hard to believe is an excellent theme for a phone like this. Hereâ€™s why.
The Unlocked Tri-band Goodness of the P1i means that thereâ€™s a whole slew of places world-wide where this phone will work. It connects to the web via 3G technology, the fast as fast can be mobile internet that is quickly replacing EDGE in leading-tech smartphones. This technology blows the previous stuff out of the water. Iâ€™m talking modem vs. T1 line, people. The P1i runs off the Symbian operating system and uses the Opera web browser, so youâ€™ll see sites in their entirety. If entirety isnâ€™t for you, you can opt for RSS feeds straight to your phone. You see? Sony Ericsson takes â€œthought-of-everythingâ€ to a whole new level with this model.
This phone has so many features that one almost overlooks the touch-screen display. I said almost, because you see almost nothing else when you gaze directly into this mobile powerhouseâ€™s headlights. The screen uses a stylus to operate, but goes well beyond the â€œhunt-and-peckâ€ interaction of most stick-based (Iâ€™m cynical about the plastic toothpick revolutionâ€”sue me.) control panels. This bad boy can recognize your handwriting on-screen, and convert the chicken-scratch mess to text. And you can open, edit, and peruse all of your documents in their entirety. Why did you say you needed an office again?
It doesnâ€™t stop there. It could, but then it would just be a slick phone, and not necessarily worthy of my admiration. Check this out: the P1i can take a photograph and â€œscanâ€ the important information off a business card and port it directly to your contact list. There are computer programs and dedicated scanners that can already do thisâ€”but a phone? Truly impressive. How can a camera phone accomplish this with any degree of accuracy? Simpleâ€”the camera in question is 3.2 megapixels. (Again, this is on a PHONE.)
Last but definitely not least, this QWERTY keyboard equipped phone has something for the procrastinator in all of us. After all, with all the work youâ€™ll accomplish on the go with the P1i, thereâ€™s definitely going be some quiet moments when youâ€™ll need to waste some time. The FM radio function is a great wayâ€”but letâ€™s go a step further shall we? With music recognition software. Music recognition means what it sounds likeâ€”record a snippet of a song, and the software identifies the track, artist, and album it came from. I was only dimly aware that this was possible.
For more information on this touchscreen smartphone wonder, watch the TigerTV review above. If youâ€™ve heard (or read) enough and just want to get your hands on one, go to TigerDirect.com or just click on the link below. Thereâ€™s plenty more to list, but I grow tired of singing the praises of a phone that speaks for itself. If youâ€™re sick of getting â€œalmost enoughâ€ of everything you need out of a smartphone, seriously consider the P1i from Sony Ericsson. I know I am.
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