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For the environmentally conscious, the Sony Ericsson Hazel is sure to be a draw as it’s made out of recycled plastics and free from hazardous chemicals. The Noise Shield on the Hazel is a nice feature that filters out outside sound around you so you can focus, hear and understand with ease the person on the other end of the line. The curvature of the phone and ergonomic design of the keyboard fits perfectly in your hand as you use it for work and play.
14 December 2009
• Two new GreenHeart™ phones and the first GreenHeart™ accessory – Bluetooth™ Noise Shield Handsfree VH700
• Sony Ericsson builds on its environmental heritage with new commitment to the GreenHeart™ strategy through its accessories portfolio
London, December 14, 2009: Today Sony Ericsson announces the Sony Ericsson Elm phone, the Sony Ericsson Hazel phone and the Bluetooth™ Noise Shield Handsfree VH700, the newest additions to the company’s GreenHeart™ portfolio. The two mobile phones and one accessory provide consumers with an expanded range of products to make an educated green choice without compromising on design and functionality.
“The Sony Ericsson Elm and the Sony Ericsson Hazel phones offer consumers a green choice without compromising on features or fun. These mobile phones also give consumers a better voice quality experience, with Noise Shield, Clear Voice and Intelligent Volume Adaptation. Both phones offer an easy-to-use social networking experience featuring the Widget Manager application, which allows users access to their social networking page via the stand-by screen and quickly switch between different social networks.” said Fortuné Alexander, Global Marketing Director at Sony Ericsson.
The Sony Ericsson Hazel phone and the Sony Ericsson Elm phone
Sony Ericsson has also announced today its ambition to making all of its accessories 100 per cent GreenHeart™ compliant by 2011.
“Building on the established heritage of our parent companies we have worked continuously to maintain our leadership position by committing to reduce our own CO2 emissions by 20 per cent and product life cycle CO2 emissions by 15 per cent by 2015.” said Mats Pellbäck Scharp, Environmental Director at Sony Ericsson.
“The Sony Ericsson Elm phone, Sony Ericsson Hazel phone and the VH700 are a testament of our continued commitment to the environment and are part of the ongoing roll-out of our GreenHeart™ strategy announced in June 2009.” continues Mats Pellbäck Scharp.
Steve Alder, General Manager Group and UK Devices for O2, said: “Offering Sony Ericsson GreenHeart™ phones to our customers has been a part of our strategy to integrate sustainability across all our products and services thereby helping our customers reduce their environmental footprint. As an industry it is essential we embrace innovation in this area and incorporating greener credentials across our product portfolio is certainly a focus for us moving forwards.”
The Sony Ericsson Elm phone, the Sony Ericsson Hazel phone and the VH700 all benefit the environment and help reduce CO2 emissions through:
• Recycled plastics
• E-manual in phone
• Free from hazardous chemicals
• Low power consumption charger (EP300 GreenHeart™)
• Walk Mate eco application
• Green calculator
• Minimized packaging
• Condensed user guide (VH700)
• Waterborne paint (VH700)
Both phones announced today will be shipped with a GreenHeart™ personal handsfree; the Stereo Portable Handsfree HPM-60J, which is a step towards reaching the 100 per cent GreenHeart™ accessories goal.
The Sony Ericsson Elm phone and the Sony Ericsson Hazel phone – Designed for life and more
• Quality voice – noise shield, clear voice and intelligent volume adaptation
• Natural fit – human curvature and ergonomic keypad fits in the palm of a hand
• Feel secure – back up your personal information over the air on Sonyericsson.com
• Social networking the easy way – easily switch to Facebook™, myspace™ and Twitter
• 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera – snap friends and family and upload images to blogs and websites
• Essential guide – Google™ search and Google™ Maps, Wisepilot™, turn-by-turn navigation with AGPS and 10 days free weather forecast with Accuweather
• Media player – get a rich media experience
The Sony Ericsson Elm phone and the Sony Ericsson Hazel phone support GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and HSPA 2100/900. The Sony Ericsson Elm phone will be available in the colours Metal Black and Pearly Rose from Q1 2010. The Sony Ericsson Hazel will be available in the colours Superior Black and Passionate Rouge from Q2 2010.
Bluetooth™ Noise Shield Handsfree VH700
• Create your own phone booth
• Dual microphone Noise Shield eliminates background noise
• Hear every word, everywhere with Intelligent Voice adaptation
• Bluetooth™ – wireless freedom
• Wirelessly connect to two phones simultaneously with this clip-on handsfree
Bluetooth™ Noise Shield Handsfree VH700 will be available in the colours Black. Silver/White, Pink/White and Red/White from Q2 2010.
1) Facts and features may vary depending on local variant. 2) Operational times are affected by network preferences, type of SIM card, connected accessories and various activities e.g. playing games. Kit contents and colour options may differ from market to market. The full range of accessories may not be available in every market.
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Digital Trends’ Cell Phone Buying Tips:
The difference between a smartphone and a feature phone
You could divvy up cellphones into dozens of different categories, but these are the two umbrella groups that matter. Smartphones like the iPhone can serve as personal calendars, e-mail machines, Web browsers, gaming platforms, and a literally unlimited number of other purposes. They’re essentially mini computers. Feature phones are more basic, but they still offer features like cameras, text messaging, and even some limited data connectivity, like checking weather or sports scores. Although smartphones obviously have a lot to offer, they also weigh more, offer less battery life, cost more to buy and run, and can make basic tasks like calling seem more complex. If you plan to buy one, make sure you’ll really take advantage of all the extras.
Different form factors
Even after choosing between a smartphone or feature phone, you have a lot of choices to make to decide what your phone will actually look like.
A full touch layout like the iPhone has become popular for smartphones, but you’ll usually forgo a hard keyboard as a result. Some smartphones like the Droid 2 or the BlackBerry Torch offer a slide-out keyboard as a compromise, but get thicker as a result, too. Many smartphones also dupe the popular BlackBerry design: small screen on top, small keyboard below.
In feature phones, the flip or “clamshell” form factor has proven especially popular because of its small size and the fact that it protects the screen and keys when closed. Phones with both the screen and keypad on a fixed rectangular slab are typically called “candybar” phones. As with smartphones, you’ll many feature phones with dedicated QWERTY keyboards, which can be handy for frequent text messagers.
Whichever you decide to go with, make sure to physically handle the phone at a kiosk or store prior to buying. Pictures can often drastically misrepresent the size of phones.
Choosing a carrier
Because most U.S. cell phone carriers heavily subsidize phone purchases in exchange for two-year contracts, and lock the phones to their networks, your choice of cell carrier will have more impact on which type of phone you end up with than any other factor. If you already have carrier and feel satisfied with it, the choice is easy. If not, you’ll need to choose one.
AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon dominate the cell phone market in the States. Speaking in very general terms, AT&T has a reputation for having the hottest phones but somewhat flaky service due to its overloaded towers, Verizon has the best reception but expensive rates, T-Mobile and Sprint offer some of the most affordable plans but have more limited phone selection.
Prepaid carriers like Cricket, Tracfone, and MetroPCS often appear to offer excellent deals, but caveats like poor customer service, limited phone selection and inferior coverage have to be taken into account.
If a building is only as good as its foundation, then a smartphone is only as good as its app store. Even as manufacturers continue to stack their handsets with YouTube support, instant messaging, and other essentials right out of the box, the features just don’t add up to the amount of capability a phone can take on in the hands of the right developers: You name it, a good smartphone can do it.
The app store you buy into will have a longstanding effect on the way you use your phone – perhaps more than any other feature. But it’s tough to get a feel for every smartphone app store when you don’t get to push a cart down the aisles until you have a carrier contract in your filing cabinet and there’s no turning back.
Apple’s App Store has been leading the market in sheer numbers of apps since the original iPhone was release. Android is catching up in total numbers and offers a higher ratio of free apps in the Android Market than Apple does. Nokia’s Ovi Store, RIM’s BlackBerry App World and Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace all offer quality apps but currently lag far behind Apple and Android.