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First Else Debuts at London Event

First Else Phone Else Mobile held a press event this week in London to showcase its new Access Linux Powered Else device. Now being branded as the First Else, the device was introduced by Eldad Eilam, CTO of Else. Engadget provides some video coverage of the presentation, while Pocket Lint has posted a photo gallery of the device.

The First Else sports a newly designed mobile operating system called the Else Intuition platform, which is built on top of the Access Linux Platform v3.0. The device first came on the scene in late October with an appearance at Access' developer event. To date there is still no word on carrier deals or availability.

The First Else sports a TI OMAP 3430 processor (same as the Palm Pre), a 854 x 480 3.5-inch capacitive LCD touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera with video capture, 32GB of built in storage and a 1450mAh battery. The phone will operate on GSM based UMTS/HSDPA networks.

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Uh-oh. The ACCESS Zombie is back!

mikecane @ 11/24/2009 5:21:01 PM # Q
What ELSE Would You Want?

>>>Having been alerted to the new and ‘next iPhone killer', we spent time absorbing the slickest, heaviest and at times, most frustrating marketing mobile experience. The mobile phone called 'First ELSE' comes from Israeli mobile design house Else and runs on a Linux platform, jointly developed between Else and Access, a Japanese mobile software company.

http://bookseller-association.blogspot.com/2009/11/what-else-would-you-want.html

RE: Uh-oh. The ACCESS Zombie is back!
Jayy @ 11/25/2009 8:20:03 AM # Q
It's the "Zen of Palm!" I'd say bring it on!!
RE: Uh-oh. The ACCESS Zombie is back!
mikecane @ 11/25/2009 9:25:38 AM # Q
I've seen a video of it. It doesn't seem to make much sense to me. Perhaps one of those strange UIs that needed to be tried instead of imagined. Yeah, right.

Next!

RE: Uh-oh. The ACCESS Zombie is back!
LiveFaith @ 11/25/2009 1:46:54 PM # Q
The little engine that could ... C'mon Cobalt just keep chuggin' and you'll eventually get there. :-)

The one handed usage design looks interesting. Hardware looks like late 90s.
Pat Horne

RE: Uh-oh. The ACCESS Zombie is back!
CFreymarc @ 11/25/2009 10:29:30 PM # Q
Very interesting design concept. I hope that this is one of several ways to access data. One handed operation is how all used smartphones?
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love the design and its function!

dannybr @ 11/26/2009 2:22:41 AM # Q
The fan-shaped menu is easy on the eye, and looks easy to use as well.. as a very busy man I need a mobile I could use with only one hand, and this one seems to provide it...
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This is the new Palm

Tuckermaclain @ 11/26/2009 6:55:37 AM # Q
ALP 3.0 has Garnet compatibility. It looks like it is very Zen-like. This is pretty impressive. Would love to see the PIMs. This really looks more like how Palm should have evolved. I can't wait to get one.
RE: This is the new Palm
LiveFaith @ 11/26/2009 7:50:14 PM # Q
Wow. I too am interested in quality PIMs in my next platform. But, I imagine a non-hardware involved "Palmsource" to be woefully short in many areas. Nothing, but past history to back this up.

I would love to be proven wrong and continue with an effective Palm OS legacy. No early adoption here tho.
Pat Horne

RE: This is the new Palm
CFreymarc @ 11/26/2009 10:42:21 PM # Q
Native compiler for the unwashed developer masses? (For some developers, that description is a bit too accurate.)
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Why? Why? Why?

Rastick @ 11/28/2009 8:46:41 PM # Q
Seriously... Why?
RE: Why? Why? Why?
Tuckermaclain @ 11/29/2009 8:38:57 AM # Q
1. Why not?

2. Because competition improves the product.

3. Because there are some people that may not be enthralled with your favorite device and they may be happier using another.

Personally, I want a phone with the closest thing I can get to a secretary (strong PIMs) and a little bit of a computer. Palm was going that way until they wanted to become an i-phone. I just got my daughter a WinCE netbook--maybe I'll like that OS for a phone. I dunno yet.


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