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Neonode pioneered the full touch screen phone long before Apple. Although it runs on Windows Mobile, it has a user interface that is unique to the brand. The touch screen uses a proprietary infrared technology called zForce designed to work better with fingers, compared to traditional pressure-sensitive touch displays. The NeoNode N2 is incredibly small: 47mmx77mm, 60 grams. It feels good in the hand.

The user interface is easy to use. There are only a few basic gestures to learn and I was able to do it in a few minutes on the show floor. NeoNode N2 is a phone for everyone, not a business phone. The company hopes to reach a “reasonable” (if I hear this word one more time, I will snap) price, once subsidized by a carrier. The company would not tell, but it is a GSM phone, so they have to be talking to Cingular and T-Mobile, with a preference for Cingular.

Finally, NeoNode has plans for a larger smart phone with a full QWERTY keyboard – I cannot wait to see it.

Filed in Cellphones . Tags: CES and Hands-On.
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