Siemens' new double-team, the S75 and SL75, were launched in Hamburg today. Despite their confusingly similar names, they're very different beasts. The S75 fancies itself as a music mobile, while the charming SL75 updates the fashion-slidey line. In between sausage-munching and David Hasselhoff sessions, our man in Germany found time to give us his first impressions:
S75 - The S75's credentials initially seem impressive; MP3 player, organiser, Bluetooth and a megapixel camera. It pulls the rug from under its music mobile credentials, though, with some annoying niggles; no 3.5mm headphone jack, using MMC cards for memory and no WMA support (AAC instead). Its enthusiasm for fast EDGE downloads is also irrelevant to UK residents. Still, with a 128MB card you can get almost 10 hours of music. It will be available in 'Piano black' and 'Zirconia' colours from October 2005.
SL75 (pictured above) - The handsome SL range has been a long-standing favourite of ours, and the 75 looks set to continue the infatuation. Out in Q4 this year, its usual top-class build quality makes it feel very expensive, and the sliding action is as smooth as ever. On the features front, though, it's not radically different from fellow slidey, the Samsung D500; 1.3 MP camera, Bluetooth and 52MB internal memory. Far from starting a sledging match, though, it calls itself 'a pebble polished by water'. Isn't that nice.
Look out for more in-depth looks in upcoming issues.