Those newlyweds BenQ and Siemens have been busy since they tied the knot – together they’ve produced six new phones at CeBIT, and we’ve picked out this trio as being particularly worthy of your affections.
In the slider department, BenQ Siemens has come over all RAZR again and crafted the EL71 (above, left). We’re particularly fond of its hardy aluminium and magnesium case, which is just 16.5mm thick, and reminds us of the lovely EF81.
There are no pyrotechnics in the features department, but a multimedia gadgeteer will be reasonably well cared for – a 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth, MP3 player and a Micro SD slot all say hello.
The other two shifty looking suspects are the highly bargainous E61 (above, right) and EF51 (above, centre) music phones.
The E61 in particular offers a lot of musical bang for not many bucks. For around £100 on PAYG you’ll not only get this intriguing phone with dedicated controls on the top – a very nice touch – but a 512MB miniSD card to store your MP3 or AAC+ tunes on.
Its squat and slightly more advanced sibling, the EF51, has opted to go ‘conventional’ and wear its music buttons on the front. It supports a slightly wider cocktail of files – WMA, MP3 and AAC – and has an FM radio, Bluetooth (of the music streaming A2DP variety) and a miniSD slot. It’s likely to set you back around £150.
All the phones will be available sometime between April and June this year.