Sometimes a break from the pursuit of the ultimate convergence device can be nice. Just a few weeks ago I started raving like a madman about the simple joys of the Nokia XpressMusic 5310, a device designed to make phone calls and play music above and beyond anything else. Sure, it's great that we've got mobile phones with Flash Lite-compatible Web browsers and geotagging-enabled GPS chips, but sometimes simpler really can be better.
Witness the somewhat strange, but freakishly cool looking Sony Ericsson Walkman Xmini mobile phone for Japan's au by KDDI network. It's so cute! And so simple! Keep the slider closed and you've got a touchscreen Walkman media player with 4GB of internal storage and 320 x 420 display. Slide the thing open and you've got a mobile phone complete with a dialing keypad (ooh!) and onscreen menus befitting of a mobile phone (aah!).
According to Engadget Mobile, the diminutive Xmni measures up at a nice . According to the Google translated version of au's product page, "I do not think a cell phone, compact size overwhelming...Until now the "KETAISAIZU" free to propose a new mobile style." and "Freak Xmini for Rock and the birth of the original item! " Sweet! Sadly, we probably won't see Xmini in the US anytime soon.