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Gallery by Michael Oryl on Friday February 19, 2010.

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While resting our weary feet at the T-Mobile pavilion during the 2010 Mobile World Congress event this week, Russell and I had the chance to mess around with the new T-Mobile Pulse mini. The Pulse mini is a scaled down version of the original T-Mobile Pulse that was announced in September of 2009.

The Pulse mini, which is made by Huawei and also marketed as the Huawei U8110, features a 2.8-inch, QVGA resolution resistive touchscreen(INFO) display and comes equipped with a stylus. On the back of the phone is the 3.2 megapixel camera, and it runs on the Android 2.1 smartphone operating system.

The T-Mobile Pulse mini has a pretty unusual homescreen configuration. There are 15 panels arranged in a 5 x 3 grid, and users can swipe from one homescreen to the next by swiping up, down, left of right. Pressing the d-pad controller's center button will also zoom out to reveal all 15 of the homescreen panels, so that one can be easily selected. Prior to this device, we've only ever seen homescreens arranged left to right.

While the Pulse mini sounds pretty good on paper, Android really just doesn't look that nice on a QVGA resolution display, and I wasn't particularly impressed by the resistive display in general. I can appreciate that this device will hit a lower price point and still offer all of the Android 2.1 operating system's features, though.

It is worth pointing out that, like the original T-Mobile Pulse, the Pulse mini is not expected to be sold by T-Mobile USA.


oc @ 11:57:11AM EST on Friday February 26, 2010

wow nice phones!

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