White Christmas – part 2

White Christmas – part 2My memory is starting to go a bit, but apparently, five days ago, I wrote a feature called White Christmas, wherein I looked at the increasing array of white smartphones. Who knew?

I highly recommend revisiting part 1, lest you find yourself completely and utterly lost. Jumping straight in here would be like trying to watch the Two Towers without having seen The Fellowship of the Ring. Seriously, part 1 had that many twists and turns. Ahem.

Actually, taking a peek at part 1 is exactly what I’m going to do now, ‘cause I can’t remember for the life of me what the heck I wrote about. Ah yes, here we go:

Wow, that’s actually quite a nice selection of phones, but all fairly high-end beasts. Let’s start off part 2 with a budget option, shall we?

Orange San Francisco

I seem to find myself writing about the Orange San Francisco a heck of a lot, but with good cause. Lots of decent smartphones have come down in price recently, but the Orange San Francisco remains one of the best budget offers.

White Christmas – part 2The original Orange San Francisco was available in white, but its successor – the appropriately named Orange San Francisco II – is not. You can still grab the original here and there, though not directly from Orange.

Or, if you’d rather have the whiteness and the improved camera and faster processor found on the San Francisco II, you could go for the Vivacity from Orange’s Everything Everywhere partner, T-Mobile. They’re pretty much identical on the inside.

Nokia N9

There are a fair number of devices we’re a bit miffed about not seeing in the UK. For example, there’s HTC’s 10in Jetstream (nee Puccini) tablet, the high-specced HTC Rezound, and Amazon’s cheapola tablet - the Kindle Fire. But the one we’re most disappointed about is the one-off Nokia N9.

White Christmas – part 2To be fair, you can grab an imported model from Expansys, but they’re pretty freakin’ expensive. Prices start at £499.99 for the 16GB model.

Nokia revealed the white N9 earlier this year, and – somewhat ironically – chose Nokia World in London to do so. You teasing sonsof…

The white Nokia N9 has a glossy – rather than matte – finish, and debuts with 64GB internal storage, which means the price tag will inevitably be enough to make our wallets weep. Bah.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

After months of speculation, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was officially launched at Mobile World Congress in February. It successfully turned many a head, and all seemed to be going well, with some even dubbing the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play an “iPhone killer”.

White Christmas – part 2Alas, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play failed to convince le publique, and its initial £500 price tag quickly saw a series of rather significant drops. You can now grab a Sony Ericsson Xperia Play for as little as £130 at Phones 4u. Yikes.

The white Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was originally an O2 exclusive, but a quick trawl through the cyberweb (Phones 4u and dialaphone in particular) suggests it’s also available from Orange and Vodafone.

And so ends my rant about white smartphones. Have I missed any? Other than the HTC Radar, HTC Sensation XL and HTC Wilfire S… probably, yes. But I feel I’ve nailed the top seven. Is it too late to retroactively declare that it was my intention to compile such a chart?

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 30, 2011 at 15:20

The Play looks cheap in black. Maybe white can add some class? Naah :p

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