We told you last week about VibeTonz , a crazy new vibration technology set to buzz into our mobiles. Well, good news - you can now buy the Samsung E770 on Orange, the first phone in Europe to pack the game and ringtone-enhancing vibrations.
Vibes in your pocket are, of course, nothing new in the mobile world. The pulse-racing innovation here is the way the vibrations work with games, ringtones and more.
VibeTonz ringtones, for example, are accompanied by vibrations that beat in time to the music’s rhythm. So, if you’ve assigned a certain ringtone to your best friend you’ll be able to tell they’re calling without even taking the phone out of your jacket.
On the games front, each vibe is assigned to different actions in the game: the preloaded Airship Racing has different vibrations for lightning bolts and falling rocks. Orange has also racked up the E770 with three other games – Bobby Carrot, Arch Angel, Freekick Festival – and there are two more available for download online. VibeTonz reckons the games catalogue will grow speedily and has signed up the likes of I-play and India Games to produce titles.
And the phone itself? Well, it’s very similar to Samsung’s classy old E720. Like its predecessor, this fashion clamshell sports MP3 player controls on the outside, looks beautiful and has a 1.3MP camera. There’s also Bluetooth and a TV-out socket.
It’s early days for VibeTonz phones in the UK – there are several of them in the US and Korea – but if our love affair with games and ringtones are anything to go by, it could catch on. We’ll let you know the Stuff verdict once we’ve had one rumbling against our thigh.
Orange is selling the Samsung phone now – it’s free if you take a fat contract with it.