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Philips 968 is announced in 2005

Design

The 968 is an incredible looking handset, totally unique and, in our spot poll, a real object of lust for both sexes of all ages. Weighing in at 128 grams and measuring 48 x 95 x 25 mm, it's compact, while not featherweight. It's shorter and narrower than one would expect, and thicker, too, thanks to the unique design. The black and white display is ideal for text, messages and simple pictures like logos and picture massages.The display resolution 240 x 320 pixel ideal for small and smart phone.

The left side of the unit holds a spacious volume rocker, while on the other side we find a dedicated camera button.There is nice LEDs which notify users of new messages, active network and missed calls. This is not common for all Philips handsets and is not necessary to pick up and activate the device to see whether any alerts are waiting.

Ergonomics

The 968 is not comfortable for hold in ones hand because it is too wide.Sporting a simple and user friendly menu in style with other recent Philips handsets.The plastic keypad has good placed keys, giving it a cheap feel while oddly designed buttons, with the comfortable center keys, make the phone easer to dial.The most notable trait of the 968 is of course the way in which it expands from an ordinary mobile phone with a numeric keypad to a fully fledged messaging device with a QWERTY keyboard.

Features

In the WAN department, the 968 boasts healthy support for Tri-band 900/1800/1900 MHz, as well as GPRS, SMS, and a range of applications such as Java MIDP 2.0, 64-channels polyphony, a voice recorder, all of which laptop and handheld users will be pleased to learn is a breeze to utilize either by means of GPRS support is the fastest way to download files with your mobile, and spacious phone book.

As previously mentioned, the 968 is also equipped with a 0.1 megapixel camera support for picture-taking and audio/video recording, as well as an integrated MP3 player.The latter of which is also the reason for why the 0 MB of internal memory, which initially appears spacious, is quickly stretched to its limits. MP3 and MPEG4 are both formats which can be stored for playback on the Philips 968.

Unfortunately, neither Memory Stick Duo format or any other method of memory expansion is supported by the 968, meaning users find themselves drawn by the MP3 playback capabilities will also quickly - and repeatedly - drawn to their PC and USB cable for updating ones playlist.

Performance

Audio quality on the 968 was crystal clear, and signal quality was good. The removable 1450 mAh Li-ion battery is rated for 4 hours talk time or 240 hours standby, which is quite low given the battery's theoretical capacity. Charge time is about 217 minutes.

Availability

The Philips 968 is now available throughout Europe in some language version.

Conclusion

Philips 968 is a beautiful phone to hold and use, and it's quickly won our hearts. The typical Philips design flair is present in abundance, with all the requisite consumer features to back it up.But love doesn't notice such little flaws.
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