Phone Zone – Real Groove Fad Gadgets Column Dec/Jan

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For a country with only 4.3 million people we sport an impressive 4.7 million mobile phone connections.  The insatiable beast that is our love affair with our phones must be fed on a regular basis.  New models are called for.  Here are some of the latest…

LG GW300

The LG GW300 is the mobile phone for the Facebook generation. With its full QWERTY keypad you can immediately update your status wherever a mobile signal is available.  The GW300 features a 2.4” display, a 2MP camera and MP3 and radio functionality.

Price $399

Sony Ericsson U1i (Satio)

The Satio is the first mobile phone in NZ with a 12-megapixel camera.  It comes packed with high end features including a 3.5” touch screen, 3G, WIFI & GPS. The camera setup is smart with inbuilt xenon flash, geo tagging and face & smile detection.

Price $1199

BlackBerry Bold 9700

The long awaited Bold 9700 smartphone has just hit our shores.  The sleek and stylish design (with a new touch-sensitive pad rather than a trackball) means this phone will appeal to normal people, not just the corporate warriors.

Price TBA.

Nokia 6700 Slide

Nokia is taking a leaf out of Apples marketing book by releasing the Nokia 6700 Slide in six colours – pink, red, petrol blue, aluminium, lime and purple. The handset has excellent imaging features with a five megapixel camera as well as support for Nokia Messaging. Expect an affordable price when it goes on sale in March 2010.

Samsung UltraTOUCH S8300

The s8300 is a premium slider phone with a nice, lightweight form factor.  The super bright AMOLED screen has an anti reflection coating, meaning most of your images will look vibrant regardless of light conditions. The 8mp camera is pretty handy too.

Price $899