Closer to the dream with Sony Ericsson P990

This recent Slashdot post links to this pre-review of new Sony Ericsson P990 due to be release in the first quarter of 2006. I (and not only I – thanks Alex) felt like it was time to revisit my mobile phone feature wishlist.

So, let’s see what’s going on with this upcoming Sony Ericsson P990:

  • FM Radio – Check!
  • Recoding and playback of voice calls. – No check. Still waiting. Maybe some software will sort it out though.
  • CompactFlash memory. – Half check. P990’s memory will be extendable up to 2 GBytes. I can work with this size, but since it’s Sony memory, I will probably have to pay a lot of money to get it. And I might get troubles later on down the road, when either needing more memory or trying to use the memory card with another device. It’s good to know though that 2 GBytes is a realistic option.
  • High level of integration in PIM – Check. There are several software packages on the market that provide all functionality that I need. None of them comes with the phone, but that’s a minor issue.
  • GPS – No check. Neither there seems to be a GPS in this new phone, nor there is any sort of expansion slot that I could use to insert a GPS receiver.

Resume: while the progress is obvious – two and a half checks out of five that I care about – there is still a lot to be done.

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