Category: Smartphones

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4.8″ WVGA should be the sweet spot for more pocketable devices

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2010

As you would know from checking out my other fansite I am a fan of the 4.8" 800x480 resolution screens. I just wonder why we still haven't seen any so called "smart phone" with such screen size and pixel densities. I posted this opinion at crunchgear:

5″ is about the perfect sized screen at WVGA resolution because it fits in mostly all pockets and provides enough resolution with large enough pixels to provide near full PC-like web browsing and movie watching experience. I also think that it can provide near desktop-like applications experiences.

Normally, even with a kick-stand like on the Archos, you will hold the 5″ Tablet at about half arms length from your eyes, while the laptop screen usually is nearly at twice the distance from your eyes down on your lap or on a table further away (also because you have the keyboard and mouse pad).

So basically, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet pretty much provides you 75% the full resolution experience of web browsing on a Laptop and 75% the experience of watching a movie on a laptop. In terms of number of visible and reachable pixels per degree of angle of vision.

While the iphone only provides you with 33% the resolution/experience in both browsing and video watching compared to a laptop. That is why most of the actual use of iphones and other similar sized smart phones are mostly for actually only doing phone calls and playing music and running random low definition apps (with few buttons and little screen size to actually use).

You may count screen size difference between 3.5″ and 4.8″ as “only” 1.3″ difference. Another way to compare screen sizes is the mathematical way, which is to say the truth that Archos 4.8″ screen is 2x the surface area of the iphone screen. Basically it is really a huge difference.

Archos 5 next to the iphone

Archos 5 next to the iphone

And I just don’t think it is right to say that 4.8″ screened devices don’t fit in most people’s pockets. Wallets and Passports are all larger than 4.8″ in diagonal and they are designed to be transported in pockets all over the world. Walking around with business card sized LCD screens is just not good enough in my opinion if you really care to take the Web and Video with you everywhere.

Lotus Elite at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 17, 2010

Here's a new design for a phone made by LG.

Samsung Vodaphone 360

Posted by Charbax – January 16, 2010

Sasha Pallenberg of shows his Vodaphone Samsung 360 Linux based smart phone with a 3.7" AMOLED 800x480 screen, it features Facebook.
OS: Linux-based LiMo R2.0.1
CPU: ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX graphics
You can watch Sasha Pallenberg's own video-review and unboxing at

LG Expo with add-on projector

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2010

LG Expo with add-on projector is using an 1ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon runs Windows Mobile 6.5.

LG GT540 Android phone

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2010

New Android based LG phone.

Lenovo LePhone (Chinese market Android customizations)

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2010

It has about the same features as the Nexus One, a 3.7" AMOLED capacitative touch screen, a 1ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. But this one runs a customized Android user interface for the Chinese market instead of running the full Google Experience. It should be sold at below $300 unlocked in China when it is released.

Motorola XT800 Android at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2010

3.7" WVGA Texas Instruments OMAP3 Android smart phone by Motorola. Also comes with dual CDMA and GSM sim card reader. It is probably one of the worlds first phones with a mini-HDMI output and bother 720p camcorder and 720p video playback support. I should be able to stream Youtube in 720p quality onto a HDTV as well.

Motorola MT710 at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 10, 2010

Here's another new Motorola Android phone with a 3.7" resistive touch screen with a stylus input useful for pen text input which is popular in China for entering the Chinese characters, and comes with Chinese Mobile TV. It uses a Marvell ARM processor and runs the China Mobile version of Android called ophone.

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Motorola Backflip at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 10, 2010

A new design for an Android phone by Motorola where the screen flips on the back of the keyboard.

Motorola Cliq at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 10, 2010

Little compact Android Motorola phone.