The only real problem with reviewing a phone with a camera in it is that you can't take a photo of the damned thing.
Ericsson has kindly lent me one of its new P800 GPRS phones and while I'm still unconvinced over the whole "it's a phone, it's a camera" thing, this was a lot of fun.
It has a memory stick, giving it more capacity than my first-ever computer (a Sinclair ZX-81, so admittedly that's not difficult), the ability to run Java applets (games, so far, but later, who knows?) and, of course, a colour screen and polyphonic speakers that sound top notch--considering the physical limitations.
The stylus used to tap on the touchpad is a little bit too much like the kind of spoon you get with small tubs of ice cream but otherwise it's all easy to use. Taking photos is as simple as you could hope and the menu structure makes it easy to email the photo to someone with either an internet connection or a picture-capable phone.
Bluetooth, GPRS, big screen, headset. MP3 files on the memory stick that sound actually quite reasonable played through the unit's built-in speaker. Even the battery life seems to be coping with my mucking about. Vodafone says the P800 will be available in March at a hefty $1800 to $2000.
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