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Sony Ericsson announces the Aspen Window Mobile 6.5.3 business model

2 February 2010 by
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From the forum:
Today Sony Ericsson announced the Sony Ericsson Aspen business model. It is the first model running the Windows Mobile 6.5.3 operating system.

Sony Ericsson Aspen is a full QWERTY model. Something we haven't seen from Sony Ericsson since the legendary P1 from 2007. With the dimensions 117 x 60 x 12.4, the Aspen is slightly larger than the P1 (106 x 55 x 17). This kind of QWERTY candybar display design has been missing from the Sony Ericsson portfolio for some time and many of our regular visitors has been looking a device with this layout.

The Aspen has everything you might want for business usage. The QWERTY keyboard, 2.4-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Google Maps and microSD card slot. As usual, the business range of devices by Sony Ericsson are not blessed with the best camera. Or at least not the highest resolution. Aspen has a ordinary 3.2 megapixel camera.

It is nice to see that Sony Ericsson are continuing expanding the GreenHeart portfolio. The Aspen will be the fifth device in the green range where Naite, C901 GreenHeart, Elm and Hazel was the previous models. GreenHeart devices are recognized by only having e-manuals, waterborne paint, Energy Star V level charger and reduced packaging. This green engagement was recently rated by Greenpeace and Sony Ericsson did very well.

Sony Ericsson Aspen Specifications

Highlights

  • Lastes version of Windows Phone - Windows Mobile 6.5.3
  • Sony Ericsson Slide View and customisable panels
  • QWERTY keyboard and finger friendly touch experience
  • GreenHeart
  • Social network tool - Windows Live Messenger, Facebook

Facts

  • Size: 117 x 60 x 12.45 mm
  • Weight: 130 gram
  • Display: 2.4 inch, 240 x 320 pixel resolution, 65,536 colour TFT
  • Windows Mobile 6.5.3
  • Networks
    • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSPA 900/2100
    • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSPA 850/900/2100
  •  Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • A-GPS
  • Micro USB connector
  • 3.5 mm jack
  • Accelerometer
  • SMS, MMS, Email
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Internet Explorer Mobile
  • 3.2 megapixel camera, 4x digital zoom, multishot, self timer, smart contrast
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Java

Applications

  • SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 Professional
  • SPB Mobile Shell Lifestyle
  • SEMC Greenheart Panel
  • Facebook
  • SlideView
  • Google Maps
  • SPB Traveler and Weather combo
  • Skype
  • YouTube panel
  • Twitter
  • Windows Live
  • Adobe PDF reader
  • Microsoft Office Mobile
  • Outlook Mobile

The Sony Ericsson Aspen will be available in selected markeds Q2 2010 and you the colour variants are Iconic Black and White Silver

Sony Ericsson Aspen

Sony Ericsson Aspen

Sony Ericsson Aspen

Sony Ericsson Aspen





Comments
On 3 Apr 09:59 vlotnet wrote
1) Dislike the shape of the navkey (harsh vertical edges, not smooth angled concave resting position like on a Nokia E63 for example. Bad design.
2) Dislike exposed (uncovered) Micro USB port. Dust, dirt and moisture issues.
3) couldn't care less about so-called Green features; the greenest you can be is using your phone for a decade or more without fault or replacement (see my point above about covering exposed ports...). In other words, if they cared about being unharmful to nature, they would make things to last. That includes paint wear.
On 28 Mar 19:32 SE wrote
Copy of Nokia E.72
On 23 Mar 11:17 MochZainulaznie wrote
Beautiful face.. Good job for sony ericsson.
On 14 Feb 10:30 Aivar wrote
I don't see the frontal video camera.. What's wrong with you, SE? It does not take much effort to add that simple feature..
On 6 Feb 21:34 JustMe wrote
I´d like phone designers to pay more attention to user experience (ease of use, speed, menu structure etc) for a while and less to the technical specs.
On 3 Feb 16:38 GammaSharma wrote
I urge SE to reconsider putting in a 5MP AF with Flash in the phone + a front camera before releasing the phone even if it would cost them the initial investment, IFF they don't want the E72 to beat the shit out of this phone. Make it a sure shot phone for the business audience.

Please... SE... for God's shake... listen to the fans this once
On 3 Feb 16:07 GammaSharma wrote
Hope this is the start of a new range of smart office phones form SE with a mix of WindosMO, Android, Symbian and ELSE operationg systems.

Why cant WindowsMO support more than 65K colour? It makes for a bad gradiant coloring.

I loved the UIQ GUI over the S60 that SE is stuck with now with the formation of the Symbian Foundation. We want that back by the way.

This looks promising. Waiting for its decendent model which will have:

1) 5/8 MP AF with Flash (might as well with all the bells and wistles).
2) Bigger screen with higher resolution.
3) Text to Speech reader with good AT&T voice engine.
4) Speech to Text input method for typing in all those long reports on the go.
5) Projector-out support for those presentations.
6) C++, PHP, HTML with AJAX compilers and XML database support.
7) Personal diary and PDA software which can be backed up to a phone.
8) Locable inbox, Contacts, Media etc etc.
9) Finger print scannar for biometric id system.
10) Location recognition system via the aGPS with programmable profile setting (eg: silent mode in my office permises).
11) With better UI and better integreation of Contacts with the Applications.
12) More AI integration with the OS. The phone sud learn the behavior of the user. What he does, where he does and when he does. Like connecting to a perticular website when i reach a favorite Wi-Fi hot spot or like remembering most frequently called contacts with the recently called ones.
13) There should not be any explicit options of choosing to send an SMS, MMS or e-Mail. I mean, wont the phone know by the addresse's contact details? If one types in an e-mail id, it an e-mail, if I type in a mobile no thne its just an SMS or MMS, depending on the content of the message. Its that simple.
14) Categorising Contacts into Girlfriends/Boyfriends, Family, Comrades, Bloodline, Fellow Alien etc etc.
15) Blocking SMSs and Calls from unsolicited callers.
16) Build in answering machine, which might even ask the caller to dial * if its an emmergency or just record his/her message, while we are in an important meeting. The phone should give me a reminder later after a predetermined time to call back.
17) An option for collection all the communications i had with a contact via, sms, email facebook or anything.
18) Sync with Google Calender with all the birthday list of my friends at Orkut, Facebook, Twitter or MySpace etc.
19) Location based local holiday/ festival reminders.
20) The aGPS can remind me of great offers in the locality which one might be in. eg: 50% offer on Mobile junks at JunkRUs at 58th street etc.
22) Let me think of more features on my dream phone.

-gamma(dot)talks(at)gmail(dot)com
On 3 Feb 03:07 m7md wrote
you can't consider it a rip of anything actually
cause they had p1 and it is so similar to that (:
On 2 Feb 14:13 Prom1 wrote
@GammaSharma, do we really need the specs listed in the comments, right after their posted in the article?

Either way, this is a decent effort by :SE:. Unfortunately the resolution is way too old and low (320x240) especially for a touchscreen. Sure it can be argued having a high resolution just is a waste like the HP smartphones 900 series.

This will need agressive marketing but its still a niche product.
On 2 Feb 14:11 snygg wrote
This looks like a Nokia!
SE is not exciting anymore... hasn't been for a few years. I switched to Nokia after 6 years of SE!
On 2 Feb 13:08 GammaSharma wrote
Good to see the business phone portfolio in SE's resume after the p1i. Good to see the touch screen is preserved. But only lagging fact is the camera which is a step back from the 3 years old p1i.

Would have loved the more compact model of the canceled p5i, with the slider, rocking qwerty and the 5MP AF cam with Flash.

The Camera and the Multimedia sud have been the convincing factor with this phone.


Sony Ericsson Aspen Specifications

Highlights

Lastes version of Windows Phone - Windows Mobile 6.5.3
Sony Ericsson Slide View and customisable panels
QWERTY keyboard and finger friendly touch experience
GreenHeart
Social network tool - Windows Live Messenger, Facebook
Facts

Size: 117 x 60 x 12.45 mm
Weight: 130 gram
Display: 2.4 inch, 240 x 320 pixel resolution, 65,536 colour TFT
Windows Mobile 6.5.3
Networks
GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSPA 900/2100
GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 UMTS/HSPA 850/900/2100
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
A-GPS
Micro USB connector
3.5 mm jack
Accelerometer
SMS, MMS, Email
Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support
Handwriting recognition
Internet Explorer Mobile
3.2 megapixel camera, 4x digital zoom, multishot, self timer, smart contrast
FM radio with RDS
Java
Applications

SPB Mobile Shell 3.0 Professional
SPB Mobile Shell Lifestyle
SEMC Greenheart Panel
Facebook
SlideView
Google Maps
SPB Traveler and Weather combo
Skype
YouTube panel
Twitter
Windows Live
Adobe PDF reader
Microsoft Office Mobile
Outlook Mobile
On 2 Feb 11:06 Anand wrote
ill be honest, it's a copy of nokia E71 or blackberry look alike. but today we have SONY ERICSSON having the perfect E71

very nice job SE

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