2008 - the Year the World Goes Mobile!

By: Matt Sharp

In 2008, the world will change as we get ever more advanced mobile phones and mobile broadband.
Mobile phones in 2008
Let's take a look in the magical crystal ball of mobile goodies, to see exactly what the world of mobile phones has in store for us in 2008. First up is what is sure to be Nokia's big phone of the year, the super-shiny N96. Built on the Symbian platform, it packs in 5 megapixel camera, built in GPS, a superb music player and awesome gaming options never before seen on mobile phones. Any way you look at it, it will rock. Hot on its heels, though, will be a serious competitor for the most-anticipated mobile phone ever, because due out later in the year is the all-new, 3G version of the Apple iPhone (which, frankly, is the version they should've released first time round...) Samsung and LG are going to be representing the Korean contingent, with the U900 Soul and the KF600 Venus respectively. Oh, and LG are rumoured to be releasing a Google Android-powered phone this year, and if they do, it will, without a doubt, be stunning.


But the real anticipation, this year, is for a couple of handsets that Sony Ericsson are due to be bringing out. For the American market, and for business users round the world is the Sony Ericsson X1 Xperia, which packs 3 megapixel camera, GPS, full QWERTY keyboard and the latest Windows Mobile interface, into a sleek, nearly all metal body. Sitting alongside it is the Symbian-powered mobile phone that is set to be the single most important phone this year; the glorious, stunning Sony Ericsson P5. Details on it are sketchy at the minute, but given what we do know (5MP camera, GPS, full touchscreen interface, HSDPA, Google Maps), it's going to be one of, if not the mobile phone of the year!
Mobile broadband takes over the world in 2008
While the war of the mobile phones wages, another, potentially more important war is being waged, and it's over how we access the internet. Because it's looking like the title of this article is true. This year, the world is going mobile, and mobile broadband is going to be the thing that makes it happen!
And it's so deceptively simple too, because mobile broadband is, as the name suggests, broadband while you're mobile. In other words, it's the internet (and yes, I mean the full internet, not some wishy-washy, rubbishy, mobile version of the internet) wherever and whenever you are. So, think of it as the speed and flexibility of a broadband package with the portability of mobile phones. And the thing is... a certain company we've mentioned already are bringing out a USB Modem, to let you get mobile broadband on your laptop. That's right, Sony Ericsson. At this rate, it's entirely feasible that with products like these, Sony Ericsson will rule the world!
Personally, I can't wait!

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