Really, I have nothing against Sony, Ericsson, Sony Ericsson, nor their products, i.e. before they decided to adopt Microsoft’s Windows Mobile as their OS of choice. I have personally given WM many opportunities as my OS of choice but it had time and again failed and fall short of one of my simplest expectations – answering phone calls.

Yes, my WM-based phones have either:

  1. Failed to detect an incoming call, or
  2. Failed to answer my phone calls despite me pressing the Answer button, or
  3. Failed to make phone calls given good signal strengths, or
  4. Failed to send our SMS given good signal strengths, or perhaps it just…
  5. Failed to report the actual signal strength

Yes, I am irritated by my WM-based, and yes, I am switching back to a Nokia. =) Nokia’s a god-send, until it becomes gey kiang (act smart). At the end of the day, a phone is still a phone… is still a phone. When it has all the bells and whistles but fails to function as what it is meant to do, then it is not a good phone. No amount of software including MP3 player, Flash player, or Microsoft Office Suite built-in will make it a good phone if it fails to perform its most basic function of answering a call.

I hope Sony Ericsson got it good.

BARCELONA (Spain) – SONY Ericsson on Sunday announced a new premium handset aimed at capturing the Web convergence market blending multimedia with mobile web communication in its first product using Microsoft’s operating system.

The Xperia X1 will launch in the second half of 2008 and will be sold worldwide, including in the United States.

It marks the first time Sony Ericsson is using Microsoft Windows Mobile in a departure from its collaboration with Symbian, an open operating system that is partly owned by Sony Ericsson.

Executives said their focus was on the user experience, not the operating system, and said that many Sony Ericsson signature features, including a patented nine-panel interface, had been built on top of the Windows operating system.

Sony Ericsson executive Steve Walker said Microsoft Mobile was the ‘ideal’ platform for the X1.

‘In the case of the X1, Microsoft gives us an opportunity to build on,’ Mr Walker said. But he said that did not necessarily mean that subsequent handsets in the Xperia sub-brand would be based on Microsoft.

The handset features an arc sliding mechanism with a 3-inch-wide (8-centimetre-wide) DVD-quality video display, a full keyboard alongside a touchscreen and optical device for navigation.

Sony Ericsson executives declined to give pricing on the handset, except to say that it would be at a premium mobile phone, or to say how many models it plans to ship.

The partnership was announced on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, the largest wireless industry conference bringing together more than 50,000 industry executives from some 1,300 companies.

‘With Sony Ericsson we are now working with the top five handset makers around the world,’ Microsoft product manager John Starkweather said in an interview before the Barcelona wireless conference.

Samsung, Motorola Inc., and LG all ship cell phones with Microsoft Mobile, while Nokia, the largest handset maker by volume, incorporates some Microsoft technology, including Windows Media Player.

Microsoft expects to ship 20 million new phones using Windows Mobile in the fiscal year that ends June 30, Mr Starkweather said. — AP

Article obtained from on 11th February 2008

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