I had the opportunity to test Sony Ericsson’s newest mobile phone, the G9, in Tokyo today. The device is the first KDDI au is selling in Japan under the so-called iida brand. It’s not officially on sale yet, but I could lay my hands on finished versions for a few minutes in a KDDI showroom. The G9 will be available in Japan next week.
Design-wise, the phone is nothing special. A typical slider with a keyboard featuring sloped buttons made of aluminum, that were nice to press (but who cares if there is the iPhone). The G9 measures 115 x 50 x 17.4mm, weighs 128g and comes with a quite conventional 3.0-inch LCD panel (resolution 480 x 854). It has a nice stainless frame and a 3MP camera that can take good pictures. But again, this is nothing really special.
I surfed the web with the G9, but compared with Android or the iPhone, the experience was so 2007. May the Japanese phones have digital TV tuners, better cameras or e-payment functions, I still would never want to replace my iPhone.