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Samsung Giorgio Armani Preview

Posted by Dark Legion 10/10/2009 ,

We can easily declare 2009 year of fashion cell phone follow-ups. Some months ago we introduced you to the LG PRADA II. Now we’ve got our hands on the prototype of the second Samsung with the Giorgio Armani logo on it (M7500 Night Effect was branded as Emporio Armani).

There is only one thing in common between these two though, the presence of a full QWERTY keyboard. While the LG PRADA II seems to have gained extra weight and managed to ruin the image of its trendy predecessor, the Giorgio Armani is another cup of tea. Our prototype is running on the Windows Mobile 6.1 OS, but the final unit will have WM6.5 on board. Aside from being a capable smart phone, the device seems to pack serious multimedia punch – DivX/Xvid video support, 5-megapixel camera and huge, 3.5-inch AMOLED display.

The 3.5-inch display delivering resolution of 480x800 is perfectly capable of meeting the needs of contemporary users. If you girlfriend says something like this to you though, you should be worried indeed. Sliding the screen sideways reveals the keyboard and it can also be tilted at an angle to allow easier text entry, similarly to HTC Touch Pro2 and Nokia N97. Both send and end keys are below the screen along with mandatory inscription that reads Giorgio Armani and what looks like a chain store, bargain basement knockoff of a sapphire paste. Pressing it once calls up the main menu, while holding it pressed causes the multitasking menu to pop on screen.

The Samsung Giorgio Armani looks like quite a promising, Windows Mobile powered smartphone. As a whole, we are pleasantly impressed by the personalization pack that the manufacturer seems to have polished to perfection to allow improved ease of use, but we just don’t know if how many people would go for its rather kitschy overall look. If you are looking for a functional, business device that will undoubtedly attract attention, the Samsung Giorgio Armani  is definitely your option. We will let you know more about it when we have managed to get our hands on a final, retail unit.


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