COMPETITION in smartphones has become increasingly fierce not only because of the progress in technology offered but also because cellular phones are now very much part of our lives. Two cellular telephones have become firm favorites among smart gadget lovers today: Nokia's Communicator and Apple's iPhone.
Communicator, now E90, while still costly (in Indonesia the price once reached Rp 10 million), is a suitable working partner for executives. This gadget is not only sophisticated and can be used for communicating data, it is also a symbol of prestige. As for the iPhone, the latest being the 3G iPhone, it has become an important phenomenon in the development of cellular telephones.
Only time will tell whether iPhone, a combination of iPod and a cellular telephone, can determine the trend in information communication technology in the future. The various generations of iPod gadgets have proven successful and can set in motion association with other industries, such as the automotive industry.
What is obvious is that the iPhone has become a challenge to cellular telephone producers, including Nokia. This Finnish company, which controls about 40 percent of the world's cellular telephone market, plans to launch other innovative products, one of which is the N95, 8GB and E71 series with the futuristic QWERTY keyboard.
Aside from E71, Nokia is also introducing its N78 series, which provides complete features and is technologically highly intuitive for young people who use it primarily to maintain their social network. In terms of technological features, Nokia N78 is attractive as its monitor is 2.4 inches wider than standard cellular telephones such as the N73 series, which are highly popular in Indonesia. The N78 screen's 16 million colors and sharp QVGA resolution is equal to that of a personal digital assistant (PDA) cellular telephone.
In the PDA cellular telephone class, Korean producer Samsung has launched the SGH-1900 series, called Omnia, with a hard disk capacity of 16GB. This SGH-1900 uses Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and features a touch screen, a 5 MP digital camera, a GPS, a wireless connection, Bluetooth HSDPA and a modern graphic interface application.
These are the various efforts made by cellular telephone producers in providing continuous innovation in their products to demonstrate technological progress and at the same time positioning the products as a life style icon. Following the introduction of iPhone, there have been many new developments in cellular telephone technology, which also mark the 20-year history of the development of computation. One of these new features is the touch screen technology. This technology is an important phenomenon in the cellular telephone industry.
Interestingly, these products are now available at an increasingly lower price. Compared to the first-generation iPhone, the new generation 3G iPhone is now available at a price that has become increasingly more affordable.
The touch screen technology is certainly not the monopoly of iPhone. Sony Erickson has also introduced its new-generation cellular telephones, G700 and G 900 series; both touch screen organizers. These two series are designed for those who are busy, whether at home or in the office. "Sony Erickson presents the touch screen capacity and an innovative organizer to consumers of a wider range without any compromise in the size or shape of the phone. G700 and G900 have a normal keyboard and they are no bigger than the ordinary cellular telephone," said Djunadi Satrio, head of marketing of Sony Erickson Indonesia.
The touch screen of Sony Erickson is indeed different from that of iPhone, a feature which has overcome the gap between technology and man. It is also this challenge that is met in the products of High Tech Computer Corp., a Taiwanese company that produces the PDA cellular telephone HTC Touch Diamond. The design is small and futuristic.
Although the monitor measures only 2.8 inches (diagonally 7.11 cm) the Touch Diamond has complete features such as a GPS, 3.5 G HSDPA, a 3.3 MP digital camera and a 4 GB digital storage capacity.
The superiority of this LG cellular telephone is its capacity to integrate various up-to-date components such as the latest Qualcomm-made processor, namely the MSM72011A series with 528 MHz computation speed. This processor also contains a GPS processor and a 3.5G chip capable of producing HSDPA at 7.2 Mbps.
Relying on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operational system, Touch Diamond is an attractive part of a PDA cellular telephone set to be used when combined with the TouchFLO 3D that HTC has developed.
The development of this touch-screen technology is its main weapon in the software competition with iPhone, particularly the ease with which you can send an SMS or prepare a document as you can still use a stylus.
In touch screen technology, Nokia has no intention of being left behind. Nokia is reportedly releasing a new model in the European market under the name Nokia XpressMusic 5800. This cellular telephone is already on display in a German online retail shop and belongs to the "coming soon" category along with other Nokia products already introduced earlier, such as E71, 6210 Navigator, 5220 Xpress Music and 6600 Slide.
According to softpedia.com and detik.com, this touch-screen cellular telephone includes a 3.2-inch touch screen with 16 million colors and a high resolution, quad-band GSM and 3G/HSDPA global connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 3.2 camera with an auto focus, a Bluetooth of 2.0 mm and 3.5 mm audio jack. All these will be inside a casing measuring 111 mm x 52 mm and 14.5 mm and weighing 104 grams.
Nowadays cellular telephones are designed for those who wish to enjoy various facilities in one product. The touch-screen technology will be one of several trends in the next few years, following the increased presence of smart cellular telephones and the PDA cellular telephones. (Burhan Abe)
The Jakarta Post, September, 09, 2008