There's a chance that if this phone was offered up in the U.S. of A I might not think it looked so cool. There's a chance that I'm simply suffering from, "I want what I cannot have" syndrome and not really so bowled over by the clean lines, bright colors, and nifty dual-mode touchscreen of the WILLCOM 03 smartphone. There's a chance that if this thing had Verizon branding on it and I could get it for $249 after contract and rebate at my local VZW shop I'd be saying, "Meh," instead of "Ooh!" right now.
But I'm not. I love me this Sharp-made WILLCOM 03 with its sliding QWERTY board, 3" WVGA touch display, mobile TV compatibility, and front panel input area that toggles from "cursor key mode" to "dial key mode" with the touch of a side-mounted button. I wish I could go to Japan in late June, plop down the Yen equivalent of $610 USD, and come home with one in my choice of gold, lime green, or pink.
But alas I can't. Well, I could, but it wouldn't work back here in the States where I live. So it'd kind of be a waste of $610 and a perfectly good trip to Japan. At least I can hop on over to CrunchGear to gawk at a few more press shots of this decidedly un-American lovely.