Sony Ericsson Goes High-Fashion With Jalou Clamshell

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While most of the world anxiously awaits Sony Ericsson's big move intothe wide world of Android, the company's latest two show that it stillhas a wild side. Designed specifically for those who value fashion (andwho can find these phone attractive), the new Jalou flip-phone ismarketed more as a fashion icon and accessory than a device that letsyou keep in touch with your grandparents. Of course, the specs listproves that it's more than capable of handling calls, but it's alsomore than capable of catching eyes.



Designed to be the "ultimate in chic communication," SE's newest phonesmeasure just 73mm long and are able to "slip into the tiniest clutch orjacket pocket." Charles Hunt, Jalou head designer at Sony Ericsson, was obviously proud of his work as he stated the following:

"Structured forms, intricate corners, hidden depths and jewel accentsare set to be some of the hottest fashion trends in 2010. You can alsoexpect to see deep and natural jewel colors on the runway next year. Jalou reflectsthese trends with its delicate facet-cut diamond shape design, cleanand expressive lines and variety of different shine and matt finishes,that give depth to the handset. The design team wanted the handset to reflect beauty found in nature.They looked at structure, strength and form in various crystallinejewels, which resulted in the unique shape."

The 2" display also doubles as a mirror with the touch of a button, andit's the first phone from the company to boast a Walk Mate step counterto keep fitness nerds satisfied. It also has an exclusive fashioninterface which automatically updateswith zodiac signs and special events throughout the year. Jalou will beavailable in a variety of gem inspired colors including: DeepAmethyst, Aquamarine Blue and Onyx Black. As for detailedspecifications? They're all hosted down below, but first we shouldmention that SE is also introducing a special edition Dolce&Gabbana version, complete with a 24k gold plating, unique accessories andpre-loaded fashion content. We can't imagine how much more this onewill be over the unpriced original, but we'll find out when both of 'emship to select markets in Q4.



Specifications:

  • 3.2 megapixel camera – snap your favourite outfit and send to your friends
  • Video recording – film and post clips online anytime
  • Stereo FM radio – catch up on the latest songs while on the move
  • Music player – with Bluetooth™ stereo, PlayNow™ and TrackID ™
  • Bluetooth™ 2.0 – upload images and videos to your social network site
  • Mirror Key – check your hair before a hot date
  • Walk Mate step counter – see how far you have walked while out shopping
  • Internet - Google™ search, Google™ maps, email, instant messaging, picture messaging
  • Entertainment – YouTube™ application, 3D games, video viewing
  • Weight – will not weigh your handbag down, only 84 grams

Jalou supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 and UMTS/HSDPA 2100.Jalou will be available in the fourth quarter 2009 in the colours DeepAmethyst, Aquamarine Blue and Onyx Black.

The Sony Ericsson Jalou phone at a glance

Camera

  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 3.2x digital zoom (up to)
  • Geo tagging
  • Photo feeds
  • Photo fix
  • Send to web
  • Video light
  • Video recording

Music

  • Bluetooth™ stereo (A2DP)
  • Media player
  • MEGA BASS™
  • Music tones ((MP3/AAC)
  • PlayNow™
  • TrackID™

Web

  • Access NetFront™ web browser
  • Bookmarks
  • Google™ search (from standby)
  • Web feeds

Communication

  • Call list
  • Conference calls
  • Speakerphone
  • Vibrating alert
  • Video calling (main camera)

Messaging

  • Conversations
  • Email
  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®
  • Instant messaging
  • Picture messaging (MMS)
  • Predictive text input
  • Sound recorder
  • Text messaging (SMS)

Design

  • Auto rotate
  • Media
  • Picture wallpaper
  • Wallpaper animation

Entertainment

  • 3D games
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Java™
  • Motion gaming
  • Video streaming
  • Video viewing
  • Walk Mate step counter
  • YouTube™ application

Organiser

  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Flight mode
  • Notes
  • Phone book
  • Stopwatch
  • Tasks
  • Timer

Connectivity

  • A-GPS (US only)
  • Bluetooth™ technology
  • Google Maps™
  • Modem
  • Synchronization
  • USB mass storage
  • USB support

Accessories

In box:

  • Sony Ericsson Jalou
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • Stereo
  • Portable handsfree
  • User documentation

Facts

  • Size: 73 x 45 x 18.2 mm
  • Weight: 84 grams
  • Colours
  • Onyx Black
  • Deep Amethyst
  • Aquamarine Blue
  • Main Screen:
  • Type: 262,144 colour TFT
  • Resolution: 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA)
  • Size: 2.0 inches

External screen:

  • Type: Monochrome LCD
  • Resolution: 128 x 36 pixels
  • Size: 1.3 inches
  • Phone memory: Up to 100 MB
  • Memory card support: SanDisk microSD™
  • Talk time GSM: Up to 7 hrs
  • Standby time GSM: Up to 350 hrs
  • Talk time UMTS: Up to 4 hrs 30 min
  • Standby time UMTS: Up to 250 hrs
  • Video call time: Up to 2 hrs

Networks

  • GSM GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • UMTS HSDPA 2100

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mhenriday replied on Sat, Aug 15 2009 9:06 AM

Well, when they used to ring from the hospital at three in the morning to tell me about an emergency that required my immediate presence, I never got to answer on a pretty little machine like that ! Would I have been happier to be woken if I had ?...

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