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May 2011 Roundup

31st May 2011

Although there were only a small number of announcements this month, they did seem to cover just about every niche in the mobile phone market.

The Nokia Oro is basically a C7 smartphone skinned in gold and leather and sporting a premium price tag. Although it won't be to everyone's taste, it is at least a lot more capable than many other luxury phones. At the other end of the market, the bargain Nokia X1-01 is an dual-SIM phone with impressive musical capabilities, selling at just €34 before tax.

 Nokia Oro
Nokia Oro

 Nokia X1-01
Nokia X1-01

Sony Ericsson showed two new "mini" Android smartphones, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro. Although a fair bit bigger than their "mini" predecessors, these two new devices are much more usable. A completely different approach to building an Android device can be seen in the Sharp Aquos Phone Hybrid, a waterproof 3D clamshell available exclusively in Japan.

 Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini

 Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro

 Sharp Aquos Phone Hybrid
Sharp Aquos Phone Hybrid

Looking like just about every other classic BlackBerry design, but this time with a touchscreen, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 represents an evolution rather than a revolution. One surprise this month was the Motorola GLEAM, a decidedly retro clamshell phone based on the old RAZR design.

 BlackBerry Bold 9900
BlackBerry Bold 9900

 Motorola GLEAM
Motorola GLEAM

Talking of retro, we took a trip back to 2004 to have a look at a very different mobile phone marketplace. We also took a look at the rivalry shaping up between Apple and LG in the high-end smartphone and tablet market to see who might prevail.

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