Last week I composed the first draft of my Christmas wish list, asking nicely for a Nokia N9 (cyan), iPhone 4S (or whatever it’s called) and Amazon tablet (er, despite knowing absolutely nothing about it other than the fact that it might be quad-core).
I’ve got a couple of additions this week, which is arguably a bit greedy and means I’m probably pushing somewhere in the region of £2,000 total, but I’ve been really good this year. Ahem.
Interestingly, by some bizarre fluke, each of the devices runs a different OS. Yes, out of five devices there’s only one that runs Android, and it’s not even official yet. Usually these listy things (the current range of dual-core smartphones, for example) are dominated by Google’s ubiquitous OS. Well, that can only be a good thing. We like choice.
We don’t know a great deal about the decidedly N9-like Nokia Sea Ray, ‘cause it’s “super confidential” y’see. But if the specs are comparable to its MeeGo-running cousin, we can expect a screen size around 4in and an 8MP camera. Maybe.
We imagine the Nokia Sea Ray will arrive around the same time as Mango, Windows Phone 7.1. After all, their relationship is symbiotic (see what I did there?).
Both Nokia and Microsoft will be praying that the combination of the Sea Ray and Mango will be enough to convince peeps to make the leap to Windows Phone 7. High-paid analyst types seem quite confident that WP7 will ultimately take second place – if not pole position – in the smartphone OS race. Consumers don’t seem quite as convinced, but time will tell.
We’ll go out on a limb and suggest that Windows Phone 7, which is currently pretty slick but decidedly unfinished, will receive a long overdue kick up the bum from Mango and Nokia’s Sea Ray.
Incidentally, my brain is determined to rename Nokia’s debut WP7 handset the Sea Horse. What the…? I apologise in advance for that particular blunder.
The phones and tablet I’ve listed thus far have encompassed iOS, Android (yawn), MeeGo and Windows Phone 7. Why not throw in some webOS action for good measure?
We’ve been following the (don’t say Palm) Pre3 with interest since it was announced back in February. Having said that, nothing much has happened in the fourth months since HP’s high-profile launch event in San Fran.
So what do we know about the Pre3? It has a 3.58in WVGA display, juicy 1.4GHz processor and 5MP camera, and runs an all-new version of webOS. Oh, and not forgetting the slide-out QWERTY keyboard in portrait. We like.
The long wait is almost over, as the Pre3 (along with HP’s decent-looking TouchPad tablet) is expected to land in just a few weeks. Best of all, the price has been rumoured as low as £350. Play.com has seemingly removed its £349.99 price tag for now, but Clove is sticking to £360. Sweet. Actually, Christmas is ages away. Maybe I’ll just get one myself in a few weeks.