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Sharp’s 1 Seg Phone reaches 5million

The 1Seg digital TV phone from Sharp has reached it’s 5 million points in Japan in just 18 months and that is a pretty interesting figure. After all, having a digital TV during those long train rides could come in handy in beating boredom away.

Sharp announced on Friday that it has passed the five-million mark for shipments of 1Seg digital tv phones in Japan. Since releasing its first handset in May 2006 – introduced by Vodafone – Sharp has deployed a total of eight models across all three operators. By reaching this milestone in less than 18 months, Sharp becomes the first OEM in the industry to ship five million 1Seg-enabled units.

Sharp’s first unit had a “Cycloid-Style” swival screen that could be rotated horizontally 90 degrees. This unique design helped make the 905SH a hit with consumers. Sharp has also equipped its mobile phones with technologies like the Mobile Advanced Super View LCD, based on technology cultivated through the development of AQUOS LCD TVs, and the SV (Super Vivid) Engine. Sharp followed up the cycloid-style handset with the release of various other designs mobile phones, including dual-hinged and slider models.

Via Wireless Watch jp.

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Sharp’s Multi Touch LCD


This is a pretty interesting breakthrough for Sharp. The multi touch LCD screen is definitely going to come in handy for displaying maps on their car’s GPS system and what not.

Sharp Corporation has announced a new proprietary “System LCD” equipped with touch screen and scanner functions. The company claims to have successfully embedded an optical sensor, used in devices like scanners, in each pixel of the LCD panel. This technology eliminates the need for films, resulting in a thin clear screen display compared to conventional touch screens. Sample shipments will begin in September of this year, with volume production slated to start next spring.

Taken from Wireless Watch Japan.

Read the press release here.

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Watching TV on your cellphone

This has got to be the coolest ever:

If only I knew what the model is. It says Aquos on the screen so I am going to assume it’s Sharp. Can anyone confirm that?

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Symbians getting a little cocky?


Symbian Ltd. announced their 20 millionth handset sales in an announcement earlier last week. The Symbian OS Smartphones have been doing particularly well in Japan as the growth was driven by remarkable innovation that the OS is because of it ability to reduce time-to-market and meeting the requirements of handset vendors and network operators. In a nutshell, it’s an excellent gadget that has been found useful by the majority of Japanese.

Now after the announcement Symbian announce another ad to bash European and American mobile markets in their BooHooForYou commercial. I personally think it’s funny as hell as the Pizza chains have been doing this tactic for the longest time against each other, but in the Japanese culture this is viewed as extremely rude. According to Wireless Watch Japan:

Anyone who understands how Japan’s business and wider civil culture operates will tell you that remaining humble – especially when you otherwise have strong reason to brag loudly in public – is not only expected and practiced, but to do the opposite is highly insulting. Thus Symbian’s BHFY comes across as at least culturally inappropriate and at worst directly insulting.

Whoops Symbian, I don’t think this culture appreciates your humor. You should just stick to the whole conservative touch of your Chairman shaking hands with the relevent folks. Smile. Bow. And. Continue. Your. Excellent. Work. Deal.

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West vs. East

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Jon at PingMag has written an article comparing the most popular phones in Japan with the most popular in the West. Japan (and maybe South Korea) is easily the mobile phone (or cell phone, if you’re that way inclined) capital of the world. They aren’t just phones. Nowadays, they’re also TVs, your train ticket, business card as well as all the functions known to the West, like email, mp3 player and personal organiser.

I like the phones in Japan. Australia is usually about 3 years behnd the rest of the world technologically, so there’s no way my old candybar style Nokia can compare to what can be found here. An interesting point to note: nearly all the phones here are flip phones. It’s gotten to the stage where it’s embarrassing to take out my top-of-the-Australian-line phone out, because it’s just plain ugly and featureless compared to the phones you can find here.

I think I’ll have to get myself one of these phones soon. The one with digital TV looks tempting.


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901iS Series!

901iS SeriesOver the past few weeks, NTT DoCoMo have been steadily releasing their highly anticipated FOMA 901iS series! They’re all out (Excluding the N901is) and boy do some of them really stand out!

The D901iS takes the cake for features, including a hefty 4 mega pixel camera in slide form. It also includes a slightly larger than usual 240×345 resolution 2.4 inch screen, plus a huge 600 hour standby time. That’s providing you’re sitting perfectly still and not using it, of course ;).

The other that stands out, the SH901is is a very stylish ClamTwist handset, with a 3.2 mega pixel camera.

The other two F901iS and P901iS come with some cool new features as well!

All the models feature iMode FeliCa, of course! These new models are likely to be far more successful than KDDI’s recent launch, purely because of their aesthetic and functionality value.

In good time, the N901iS will be available and I’ll get you some info on that too! Stay tuned :)


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Vodafone is going full-scale gimmick

Vodafone Toshiba V501T

When Vodafone acquired J-Phone a few years ago, they inherited a not too comfortable market: kids. au/KDDI is supposed to be the operator for the young cool adults, NTT DoCoMo covers Everyone in general, and with the Foma high end stuff they reach the rich young adults as well as the geeks, tu-ka (KDDI) is after the older people who don’t care about digital cameras or java games, and J-Phone/Vodafone is supposedly the phone for the kid who likes to show off with silly games, gadgets, useless accessories, but doesn’t have as much money to buy high end stuff as the au or the Foma crowd. This is a generalization of course, but it becomes obvious when you watch the ads and the features of the phones.

Vodafone spent who knows how much for their big tv/billboards campaigns featuring David Beckham and Nakata Hidetoshi (probably the most famous soccer player in Japan), and they forgot that they were by far not the leader in Japan, and that their consumer base needs cool stuff ALL THE TIME. If they asked me, I would have explained that to them, but they didn’t. Instead, they kept releasing one phone every now and then (6 months or so) when au and DoCoMo were introducing lots and lots of new cool features and loads of new phones all the time, stealing away their customers, one at a time. Well, they should have asked me but hey…

All this to say Vodafone is finally waking up it seems. They haven’t released any new revolutionary thing technologically speaking, but the creatives there have finally started thinking of original ideas that might make young and bored people buy Vodafone. I say it’s about time we see things like this one, dressed like a little red devil! They have just announced the V501T (Toshiba), which comes in a choice of 12 “costumes” (Polygon, Soda, Tile, Bull, Tire, Cheese, Sucker(!), Lawn, Gummi, Wave, Mermaid, and Dinosaur Egg).

Now, who cares about the specs when your phone looks like that? If you really need them, I suggest you read the press release.

They also introduced the Vodafone V501SH (Sharp) which can also be customized with “texture panels”, which are supposed to change the tactile feel of the phone itself. Not as cool but a noticeable effort to follow the success wave of Foma’s P901i covers that are ubiquitous and have been for a while now. Below is the type of displays you find all over the place in Tokyo. One would have expected that Vodafone come up with it first, as it is pretty common in a Nokia world, but quite unusual in Japan, but again DoCoMo did it first. Let’s see how this one goes.

Foma P901i phone covers

Via Gizmodo


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FOMA SH901i – A fantastic phone!

Updated – 3 December 2004
Yves, here you go:

Size: 49×109x25mm
Weight: 148 gram
Battery: 370 hours stand-by, 130 min talk-time
Screen display: 2.2 inch, ASV LCD, QVGA, 262,144 colours, excellent contrast
Camera: 2 million pixels, autofocus
Memory card: mini SD-card, 128MB
Document viewer for word/excel/pdf-files and SDMF-format for e-books
AV-output cable, possible to record TV-programs and store the video on the mini SD-card
The phone furthermore supports Felica, deco-mail, flash, and html-mail.

The Sharp SH901ic is a high-end phone with multimedia capabilities. We wonder how many people will us the AV-capabilities of this phone?


We got our hands on one of the latest baby in FOMA family — the SH901ic from Sharp. A big phone: both in functionality as in size, but we loved it! Enjoy the pics:

Foma Sharp SH901i
Foma Sharp SH901i
Foma Sharp SH901i

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SonyEricsson and Sharp join FOMA development consortium

DoCoMo’s FOMA development consortium got a boost yesterday — SonyEricsson and Sharp will join. Both companies will develop FOMA phones based on the Symbian platform. Sharp will introduce its first Symbian phone after 2005 while SonyEricsson has not made any announcments, yet.
The FOMA development group is subsidized by DoCoMo and currently consists of NEC, Panasonic Mobile, Fujitsu, and Mitsuibishi.


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User survey – Sharp has the highest user satisfaction

Sharp has the highest user satisfaction among the Japanese handset makers, according to a survey made by J.D. Power Asia Pacific.

The market research company asked 3508 consumers who bought a handset what factors satisfied them. The diagram below shows that design and size are the most important satisfiers followed by battery life and mail functionality.


Sharp handsets scored best among the 11 handset manufacturers. The Kyoto-based company scored on all seven factors above average, in particular on display and camera functionality. Second ranked Sanyo scored high on size, design and battery life. Casio followed on third place with good display, battery, camera and mail functionalities. The two biggest brands, NEC and Panasonic ranked 4th and 5th respectively and scored on below average.

As most new phones come with many new functions, the most important differentiators are design and size. KDDI/AU started last year with design phones that proved to be highly successful driving AU’s growth. Now, DoCoMo bets on size with their premini series. What has Vodafone in their pipeline?

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