Tuesday, January 8, 2008 9:01:40 PM
Last year, Opera was included in the sequel to one of the most popular mobiles of all time - The MOTORAZR 2. It was quite impressive the the full Opera Mobile was squeezed into a fashion phone that is fairly slim. CES in Las Vegas is in full swing, and it seems that Opera Mobile 8.5 is also included in the blingist phone of them all - the MOTORAZR 2 Luxury Edition. The phone has such esentially as 18k gold plating and snake skin effect on the back. I'm sure the phone stands out. I'm not a gold fan, so I'd never buy this phone, but I'm sure bling fans will love it. I think it'd look much better with silver, or brushed steel, and a regular leather back (maybe brown). Maybe Motorola will be kind enough to make me my own Web Opener special edition .
I'm sure there are tons of new phones and gadgets getting announced this week, and I don't have an official list of what includes Opera. I did notice from the UIQ site that the Moto Z10 had been announced though. No confirmation that it is Opera (why do phone manufacturers always make this so difficult?) but Opera is the default browser on UIQ, so its a safe bet. This looks to be an update to the MOTORIZR Z8
banana phone, and looses the green look in favour of a more sleek metal/grey appearance. How come UIQ always gets the good looking smart phones? No word on the resolution yet as far as I can see, but it sports a 2.2" display and very fast connectivity.
Although not Opera related, I also noticed on Engadget that a new Blackberry is coming out. I guess this has been announced at CES too. Blackberrys suppose to be great phones, but every time I went to the States and saw how big all the Blackberrys and Palms looked compared to most of the phones over in Europe, I could never consider carrying one. However Blackberry seem to be getting it together in the style department. The Pearl was much smaller and wasn't pig ugly. After touching one though, the materials and fit and finish seem to let it down. It felt very plasticy. This new phone looks to continue the improvements style wise, and hopefully in the fit and finish department too. The phone still looks fairly large in the picture though - like iPhone dimensions (which is very wide and tall). Opera Mini is probably the best browser by far on the Blackberry, which is why we are so popular in the Blackberry community, so I look forward to see it running on this phone. The screen isn't as nice as the iPhone for surfing, but the physical Qwerty keyboard partly makes up for that. Speaking of screens, the new Mylo 2 has a very impressive screen, that makes even the iPhone screen look poor. Sadly I don't think it has Opera on this time. Opera Zoom would be fantastic on the device.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 12:36:55 AM
There is a lot of talk about the new MOTORIZR Z8 phone, recently unveiled in Barcelona. This is not a surprise with its RAZR-esque looks and unique kick-flip mechanism. One point that has been overlooked however is as it is a Symbian phone (I think a first for the four letter series of phones), and more specifically UIQ on top of Symbian, it means the phone and OS have more power and thus includes the full Opera Mobile as the default browser. Although this isn't the first of the RAZR family of offshoots to support Opera mobile -- The MOTORAZR MAXX does so via a custom port to Motorola's own P2K OS I believe -- It is significant as a full smartphone OS has been crammed into a premium fashion phone, and an OS where Opera is the default browser for the platform. The phone was developed by the former Sendo team, so I guess this is the super secret project no one could talk about and many people working on the project hadn't even seen. It looks well worth the wait.
As You may remember, Opera Mobile was also included recently on three Sony Ericsson UIQ phones. I think the M600 and W950 are particularly stylish and slim phones. Both share the same form factor and beat out the Blackberries and Treos of this world for size, style and portability (The Perl excluded). UIQ and Opera are certainly starting to get a lot of hot stylish phones now. This should help the acceleration of standards based, full (X)HTML browsers in the hands of potential users of the mobile web.
Even excluding all the phones Opera Mini can be installed on after shipping or by service providers (Opera has big deals with T-Mobile and Telefonica), Opera has been included on many of the most stylish and desirable phones coming out recently, iPhone excluded. I can't wait to see what Samsung come out with. Even Nokia got in on the act with the 6300. I've not bee a big fan of Nokia phones recently, as although they have been powerful, they've often been big and clunky. I prefer smaller phones, and the 6300 is the first slim phone I've seen from Nokia in long time, but running Opera Mini it has no compromises on the web front.
It is not only Mobiles of course where we are getting all the desirable gadgets. Apart from the iPod and iPhone, I think most of the hottest products are Opera powered, at least those that are web capable. We have the Wii and DS of course, and also the Archos 604Wifi (very sleek with it's brushed metal casing), Sony Mylo and the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet. The web to go has never been so stylish or convenient. The iPod/iPhone is the only devices I can think of where Opera is unable to run. The PSP would be kind of nice, but the DS is well outselling it and it's touch screen is much more suitable for web surfing than the d-pad of the PSP.