This device is pretty neat and is coming to the market with a different approach to things. The press release declared the phone a smartphone, but appears to be more along the lines of a multi-media feature phone that packs a heavy spec sheet. The phone will come with its own operating system and user interface designed by Puma. Being the sports clothing company that they are, the Puma Phone will come with a pedometer, walk/run/bike applications, a stopwatch, and a few other sports-related apps, but it doesn't stop there. It also comes with a “turntable” music app, and a neat “carpet” style options menu where you pull up the bottom of the screen to reveal different settings for each application.
The one thing that truly sets this device apart though, is the solar cell on the back of the phone. This isn't meant to replace an AC wall charger, but is helpful to get a little more juice while out in the sun and can get you in touch with your eco-friendly self.
The key features of the Puma Phone are:
To get a better understanding of some of the features, check out Engadget's hands-on video from MWC here. For now, the phone is only headed for Europe, but being a quad-band phone, I expect it will eventually be headed to other markets internationally. As more information is released on this neat little device, we will be sure to keep you posted!