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Darius Wey
11-20-2006, 09:00 PM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://blogs.msdn.com/lokeuei/archive/2006/11/16/if-i-was-making-a-zune-phone.aspx' target='_blank'>http://blogs.msdn.com/lokeuei/archive/2006/11/16/if-i-was-making-a-zune-phone.aspx</a><br /><br /></div><em>&quot;As reported by Bloomberg, Steve said that eventually we'll have a Zune device with phone features. That's funny actually, we had that capability years ago; the Windows Mobile phone. But just in case, if we wanted to build a newer device that rides on the Zune's popularity? Here's how I would make it.&quot;</em><br /><br /><a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/lokeuei/archive/2006/11/16/if-i-was-making-a-zune-phone.aspx" target="_blank">Here</a> is one man's dream Zune phone. So, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are requirements, and infrared and an FM radio are thrown in there for good measure. That's doable.&nbsp; Great form factor too? Sure. Okay, typical Windows Mobile software with uh... GPS navigation? All of a sudden, it's looking more like a <a href="http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com" target="_blank">&quot;Pocket PC&quot;</a> or <a href="http://www.smartphonethoughts.com" target="_blank">&quot;Smartphone&quot;</a> and less like a Zune. But hey, it's just one man's dream Zune phone. And now it's your turn.

11-21-2006, 12:19 AM
For me, the best music phones on the market are all made by Sony Ericsson. Check out the W810i (http://www.sonyericsson.com/spg.jsp?cc=gb&lc=en&ver=4000&template=pp1_loader&php=PHP1_10376&zone=pp&lm=pp1&pid=10376) (512MB memory stick) and W950i (http://www.sonyericsson.com/spg.jsp?cc=gb&lc=en&ver=4000&template=pp1_loader&php=php1_10391&zone=pp&lm=pp1&pid=10391) (4GB flash) for how to make a music phone.

The UI on their music phones is absolutely superb. Whether you want to listen to music or make a phone call, it's easy-to-use and responsive. They're also small and have classy looks. Not only that but the sound quality is actually very decent (better than the iPod) and they come bundled with quality headphones.

Pocket PC or Smartphone would give you the features, but would it give you an easy-to-use and responsive UI? Have you tried using WMP on a Windows Mobile phone? It's a pain in the ass.

11-21-2006, 12:49 AM
really, all you need is an improved Smartphone hardware with a stylish, useful AND simple UI from Zune. Somewhat like the Media Center experience. Simple UI for getting at what you need, and if you ever need to use more advanced features as other applications, control panel, device configuration, you can always drop back to the traditional Windows Mobile 5 UI. by then, who needs WMP for devices.