Motorola's new phone is 'carbon neutral'

Debuting this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas will be Motorola's latest mobile devices, including a phone that offsets its own carbon footprint, the company announced today.

The plastic to make the MOTO W233 Renew is derived from recycled water bottles. That also makes it "100 percent recyclable," according to Motorola. The company worked with to offset "the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone through investments in renewable energy sources and reforestation."

The packaging is also 22 percent smaller than usual and the box and paperwork that comes with it are on "100 percent post-consumer recycled paper." You also get a postage-paid envelope to send in your old phone for recycling at no cost to you.

Here's the specs:
• Nine hours of talk time (550 minutes) between charges; or 18 days of standby (450 hours)
• WAP browser
• Mini USB
• 83 grams
• 45 x 110.97 x 14.7 mm
• Optional 2GB removable memory
• SMS, MMS messaging
• Available on T-Mobile USA in the first quarter of this year.

Another smartphone also will be unveiled this week - the MOTOSURF A3100, a high-speed touch-tablet. You can use your finger, a stylus or trackball to access many of its applications and you can fully customize the home screen, including live feeds on weather, news, e-mail, text messaging and your datebook.

The press release gives the impression this is the be-all, end-all of smartphones:

Whether toggling back and forth between documents while on the go, listening to MP3s, video conferencing on the run, updating your Facebook status or using a GPS to navigate from point A to B, Motosurf puts every aspect of your life, personal and professional, just a touch away.

The specs:
• Up to 6.8 hours of talk time or up to 12.4 hours of standby
• 119 grams
• 110 x 59.7 x 13.7 mm
• OS: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
• USB 2.0 HS, Stereo Bluetooth wireless with A2DP
• 2.8 inch display
• MMS, SMS, multi-head IM, e-mail (exchange)
• Audio: AMR, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI
• Video: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264 and WMV playback support, .3GP and .MP4 file playback support, H.263 capture support
• 3 megapixel auto-focus camera; VGA secondary camera
• Memory: 256MB Flash, 128 MB RAM, Micro-SD up to 32 GB
• Available in multiple regions in the first quarter of the year, including Asia and Latin America.