I finally had the occasion to sit down with the IDEOS I purchased from b-mobile, and I am impressed. Reviews of this handset, which is the U8150, can be found all over the web, so I am not going to focus so much on the specs. Suffice it to say, it is nothing fancy. The most noticeable downside is the relatively small and low resolution screen (2.8 inches, 240 x 320 pixels). Screenshots below are full pixel dimensions. (The bottom of this post show a comparison to the N1 and Magic).
However, for ¥25,000 (no contract or service agreement required) you get a SIM lock free handset that will work on every W-CDMA carrier in the world (as far as I can tell) and creates proper wifi networks (not ad hoc, so you can tether another android device).
Here's a list, in no particular order, of what I like about it.
- Reasonably priced handset
- IP phone for less than ¥500 per month for 15 min free (additional at ¥10 per 30s), which is reasonably priced for Japan
- ¥300 kpbs data and voice for 3000 per month (prepaid data for one year)
- integrates well with B-mobile's SIM cards
- Both network time and location work
- The data icon displays, either "3G" or "H"
- Creates proper wifi hotspots
- Can run Angry Birds, albeit slightly laggy. (out performs overclocked HTC Magic with additional RAM.)
- SIM lock Free
- HSDPA/WCDMA 850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
- Can be used with Docomo's high speed FOMA (for in excess of ¥10,000 per month in data)
- Android 2.2