Nokia and Sony Ericsson Go to War! - Who Will Win in 2008?

By: Matt Sharp

Join me as I take a look at the battle that's brewing between the heavyweight in the mobile world: Nokia and Sony Ericsson, both of whom want you to buy THEIR mobile phones!
Nokia - Going Tubin'
A lot of hopes are pinned on a brand new Nokia phone that's due out soon, the Tube. It's significant, because it's going to be Nokia first EVER full touchscreen mobile phone. Yep, they plan to take on the iPhone with it! To that end, they've been in development on a brand new version of their Symbian-based operating system, called S60 Touch. It is said to boast full touch control, massive 3+ inch screen, a VERY high spec camera, and all the usual Nokia user-friendliness.
However, recent shots of it, and test users' opinions have said it's not THAT nice to use. And whilst it may aim at the same touch control mechanism as the iPhone, it seems somehow clunkier, according to reports; the Nokia Tube's just not as smooth, or as fluid as its rival from Apple.


Sony Ericsson - power users of the world rejoice
So, if the Tube is going to be a bit of a let-down, what have Sony Ericsson got up their sleeves? Well, it seems they have a quadruple-header of REALLY high-end mobile phones coming up. First up is a Cyber-Shot camera phone known only by its codename of 'Shiho'. It's not been confirmed exactly what spec it will have, but if the rumours are to be believed, it will have AT LEAST a 7.2 megapixel camera, with 3x optical zoom. Combine that with the Cyber-Shot gubbins, and it will make for one awesome camera phone. If Sony Ericsson are going to rule the camera world with the Shiho, then they aim to rule the music world with their new really, really high end Walkman phone, so secret that we don't even know its new codename. All we know is that it was called 'Maria', and was based on a totally new version of Symbian UIQ, making it a proper iPhone-Killer. We don't know exactly how powerful it will be, but one thing's for sure; it will be powerful!
They pale in comparison, though, to Sony Ericsson's BIG pair of heavy-hitters. In the Windows Mobile world, and aiming to crack America, we have the stunning X1, an all-metal, super-powered mega-smart-phone. And then, alongside that, will be the mobile phone that the world and its dog is waiting for: the Sony Ericsson Paris, rumoured to be the upcoming P5. Whilst we don't know the full specs of this monster yet, we DO know it's UIQ-powered, with an incredibly-fast processor, 5 megapixel camera, sliding QWERTY keypad, built-in GPS, and an exclusive, metal body. Certainly cool enough to kick the Nokia Tube into a cocked hat. Not that it won't have competition, though, because rumoured to be out this year is another newbie to the world of mobile phones: the new 3G iPhone...

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