Sony Ericsson's recently announced and much anticipated lineup of handsets was on display at CTIA in San Francisco - mainly at the Ericsson booth. I got my paws all over the new Walkman and Cybershot phones and here's what I thought:
The K850 is the handset I'm most eager to spend some time with. While it's not officially a Walkman phone, it has a more than capable media player to go along with that 5MP CyberShot camera. The N95 comparisons are inevitable, and while the N95 has a larger screen and a few more goodies, the K850 is svelter and easier to use. SE's user interface is really second to none unless you want to talk iPhone. Speaking of which, the K850 has a built-in accelerometer for auto-rotating media content. And there's all kinds of 3G goodness. Look for this one soon, maybe even on AT&T.
Walkman-wise, the W960 is the new king of the hill. This is perhaps a more direct competitor to iPhone, given its QVGA touch screen, advanced Walkman interface, WiFi connectivity, and 8GB of onboard storage. The W960 was actually at Symbian's booth, as it runs the UIQ 3 UI on top of Symbian OS - it's a new revision of UIQ 3 that's been tweaked for touch screens. The W960 also features a 3.2mp camera on the back and a secondary camera on front for video calling, and support for UTMS 2100 MHz 3G data (which won't help you much in the US). And the touch screen is flush mounted with the front of the handset, a la iPhone, HTC Touch, and virtually all of the new touch screen phones.
The W910 was also on display next to a new black version of the W580. The 910 really looks like the 580's big brother, with the same basic slider design but a larger display, and heavier, more luxurious feel. The 910 comes in red and black and features HSDPA support (but not in the US) and a 2 MP shooter. I recently reviewed the W580i and liked it quite a bit - the W910 is like the executive version, and should make a nice option for folks put off by the W880's smallish display.
And not to be overlooked was the Z750, which has been around for awhile but is also rumored for an AT&T release any day now. The Z750 will pack US-spec HSDPA along with quad-band GSM/EDGE, making it equally at home in the States or abroad. Flip phones are rare for SE these days, and the Z750 looks somewhat like the new MOTO U9 with it's rounded edges, mirrored exterior, and front-mounted OLED display. The Z750 also packs a 2 megapixel cam along with an FM radio.
I should have a K850 and a Z750 for review real, real soon ... are you listening SE? We're ready for 'em!