Okay, the Sony Ericsson W52s isn't so much of a "response to iPhone" as just another interesting handset for Japanese ears only. But it does have 2GB of onboard memory supplemented by both M2 or MicroSD memory card slots, and a giant, super-hi-res (2.7", 432 x 240 pixels) Bravia display. So, you know, it throws down with the best of 'em when it comes to multimedia. Throw in an integrated FM transmitter and Sony's "Visual Music Sensation" technology, and, well, I guess you could call it an "iPhone killer."
Meanwhile, speculation has started as to what Verizon's got up its sleeve for their "late Summer" "response" to iPhone, and who they're working on it with. A few bloggers today <a href="http://www.gadgetell.com/2007/05/rumor-verizons-secret-iphone-killer/">suggested that a rebranded LG Prada phone is Verizon's secret weapon</a>, and another went so far as to write, <a href="http://www.thestreet.com/smallbusinesstech/smallbusinesstech/10358647.html?puc=googlefi">"A Verizon representative played down the notion that the company was banking on the Prada as its answer to the iPhone.
'We have several music devices coming' including the LG Prada, 'but there are others,' the representative said."</a>
Really? Prada on Verizon would honestly surprise me, especially considering it hasn't been very well received since it debuted in Europe earlier this year. What would surprise me more - and be a better surprise - would be an Ultra Smart type device making its way from Samsung to Verizon. Of course, history would indicate that Verizon would do its best to destroy everything good about the phone by weighing it down with their lousy UI, but still ... an F700 launched in America? Probably ain't gonna happen, but this is the age of iPhone so you never know. Steve Jobs declared war on everything that isn't iPhone and AT&T, so if ever there was a time for a "Golden Age of Mobile Phones" in the USA, this summer is surely that time.