Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Squawk Box June 18 – Mobile

by alec on June 18, 2008

Sony Fair 2008: Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 with Windows Mobile 6.1 Platform.

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Everything cellular is hot right now, driven in part the enormous market pressure being created by Apple around iPhone. In addition to the hoopla over iPhone, in the last few days, we’ve seen stories a whole bunch of stories.

New products are hitting the market: the Nokia E66 and E71 phones which we talked about yesterday, and the Sony Ericsson XPeria-X1 which had engadget just drooling a couple of days ago.  We talked at length about the E-Series phones (which some were very excited about), and while we thought that the XPeria had beautiful industrial design the quality of the browser had the potential to make that all moot.

There has also has been an unprecedented volume of new video, including the Garmin Nuviphone and that blurry little video of the BlackBerry Javelin.  We discussed whether Nuviphone had a chance, given their delays and strong focus on GPS. Does it really have a chance after the iPhone 3G ships with GPS built in?

New operating systems are also debuting: There’ll be a TREO upgrade this summer to Windows Mobile 6 as well… the HTC Diamond will be out with… Android first and then Windows Mobile 7?  Wow.

And in the middle of all this, there’s an oddball patent from Microsoft for something called the Microsoft VEDA which looks like a bad 1980’s drawing of a futuristic science fiction notebook computer.

On the call: Brad Jones, Dan York, Dave Brown, Jeb Brilliant, William Volk, James Body, Phil Wolff, Jonathan Jensen, Sheryl Breuker, Frank Abrams

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