Where is Once Potentially an iPhone Killer, Sophia Nani? Japan Should Accept Globalization atleast Now

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, February 18, 2009

With iPhone wave sweeping across the continents the mobile phone giants are with one-upping. The furor over Japanese iPhone killer seems to have sedimented. The much written about Japanese challenger to iPhone, Sophia Mobile’s NANI is written off. Although the NANI has a significant presence in Japan. In a recent event even world’s largest mobile manufacturer Nokia had to hang up its boots struggling with limited presence in Japan. Is that a conservative Japanese market ardent on eschewing the benefits of susceptibility to the Global market?

With some upsides and  drawbacks may be Sophia Mobile’s Nani could score over the Apple smartphone .

Sophia NANI smartphone is a real show with its huge touchscreen, a 4.3 inch TFT display. When we are talking about screen the Apple’s iPhone just has a 3.5 inch display to boast about. Again when it comes to multimedia performances the NANI takes the edge over iPhone. It’s screen is capable of resolution 800 x 400, great for watching videos or TV on mobile. For more the Sophia phone includes an inbuilt TV tuner card.   The Wi Fi 802.11 b is again a leg-up for the Japanese smartphone. For more it supports MP3, WAV, WMA, MPEG, DivX, Xvid, Ogg Vorbis, JPEG and BMP. The audio is boosted by a speaker, 3.5mm earphone terminal. I’ve to say that’s full multimedia.

The Nani work on Windows CE with a 600 Mhz processor. Well that cool for a mobile device. For the official facilities you have the Microsoft Office package (word, Excel, Power Point) and PDF.

Other Specifications

* Processor — RMI Alchemy Au1250 Media Processor clocked at 600MHz
* Memory — Not specified
* Display — 4.5-inch, 800 x 400 pixel TFT display
* I/O — USB 2.0 port
* Expansion — microSD card interface
* Networking — 802.11b, PHS (W-SIM)
* Dimensions — 5.5 x 3.1 x .66 inches (140 x 80.5 x 17 mm)
* Weight — 6.3 ounces (180g)

With so much on offer the greatest impediment in Sophia NANI seems its inability to reach people across the opposite end of Japanese shores. The Globalized world must be scoffing to see techno-hub Japan still laid back to share its best products. The  recession-hit Japan needs to rethink on such issue to stand out from the rest of the pack. We have seen before and we see it again. Another good project fails because of inflexible Japanese marketing and advertisement sectors. Time to be different?

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