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  • Is Sony Ericsson Trying To Rip Off The iPhone?



    This week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, an old but still familiar (if not largely irrelevant) name in the smartphone business resurfaced. Regaining some attention in an industry that has largely moved beyond the abilities of the flailing cell phone manufacturer, Sony Ericsson made a pledge that turned some heads. It seems the company is aiming to give US consumers "want they want."

    What do they want, you ask? According hints from Sony Ericsson, cheap iPhone knock offs.

    While comparisons to the "comeback kid" known as as Motorola go without saying, here's what we know for certain about Sony Ericsson's ambitious plans. Last fall we learned that Sony Ericsson has in the works its first Android phone - the Xperia X10. At the Mobile World Congress, however, Sony Ericsson revealed another pair of Android phones. No carriers have yet been confirmed, but there are suggestions that AT&T would likely play "let's make a deal" and do business with Sony Ericsson.

    The X10 looks like a touch-screen iPhone knock off. The X10 mini looks similar, but smaller. The X10 mini pro is the most different, offering a slide-out keyboard.

    Although prices were not announced, Sony Ericsson is hinting at competitive but affordable pricing for their new smartphones. With the company's revenue in the dumps, it's anyone's guess if these iPhone-like offerings will give the company a boost, or effectively pound one more nail into its proverbial coffin.

    Image via The Associated Press
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is Sony Ericsson Trying To Rip Off The iPhone? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 70 Comments
    1. 24trepid's Avatar
      24trepid -
      Who cares if it's an iPhone killer.

      Looks pretty sweet ......
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      If his posts are so lame why waste your time reading it and actually posting something about it? Seems like you are more of an idiot for doing so.
      Does this have anything in common with an iPhone other than it makes calls and has a touchscreen? No. Stupid article among many that have been written here by him and other writers. I come here for Apple news and info, not garbage like this. I love Apple, but not everything they do and I'm not spoonfed Apple garbage like he is. This is a non-story and it's a waste of good space that could be used for something else like things that pertain to jailbreaking or unlocking.

      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Agreed! He owns an Apple product, spends time reading and posting on an Apple Forum, and then just likes to bash on Apple. Seems like a lot of time thinking about a company you don't like....nothing better to do in your life?
      I don't bash Apple to bash them, I bash them for some of the stupid things they do. Other than those things I complain about they are a fantastic company that make the best PCs in the world, bar none. Those of you that can't see the failings of Apple have the problems, not me. You can't see the forest for the trees and blindly love Apple even when they screw you over. Nothing better to do with your time and money to not see the problems and voice them so they may get changed? And what I said in here had nothing to do with Apple, it was to point out like others what a stupid article this was and how this is not the first one here that made no sense.

      This week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, an old but still familiar (if not largely irrelevant) name in the smartphone business resurfaced.
      Except for the fact that Sony Ericsson has 14% market share worldwide versus .12% for the iPhone as of Feb 16 2010. Sure they may not have the media verbally fellating them every chance they get, but they have a massive lead in marketshare worldwide. I wouldn't call that largely irrelevant even if they aren't a direct competitor to the iPhone.
    1. christoforo's Avatar
      christoforo -
      i will be going for the sony ericsson vivaz when it comes out. iphone is to old now.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by christoforo View Post
      i will be going for the sony ericsson vivaz when it comes out. iphone is to old now.
      Is that named after the club? vivaz.co.uk
    1. jgdpsu's Avatar
      jgdpsu -
      Not gonna add to the rip off debate. But IMHO, unless the iPhone "4G" revision this year really is the A+ update Mr. Jobs has boasted; I'll probably make the jump to Android too. Somehow the appeal of open source just seems easier to me rather than having to participate in the jailbreak/firmware upgrade dance
    1. ALIEN1974's Avatar
      ALIEN1974 -
      ???
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Any reason you've revived a 6 month old thread?
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Haha fail
    1. iMack007's Avatar
      iMack007 -
      Some of you moaners are so pathetic! All I ever see is people slating off Messany...WTF are you guys bringing to the table. Some if us don't have the time to troll through multiple websites and genuinely only see the news reports here at MMi. I appreciate all the news here, if you don't like it, go elsewhere and stop whining like little school girls....pathetic! And I won't be checking thus thread again do go ahead and slate me off too, LMAO.
    1. PWNsyst3m's Avatar
      PWNsyst3m -
      Haha I'm sure none of them will be checking back either seeing this thread is 6 months old. Hahahahaha