So, off to trendy downtown T.O. hotspot Lobby (corporate slogan: “No, you can’t come in dressed like that”) for the announcement of the new lineup of cell phones from Rogers for the holiday season. It’s a rough life, this being forced to eat Kobe beef sliders and wash ’em down with raspberry mojitos, but someone’s gotta do it.

Three categories on offer, here: First up, new MP3-oriented phones the Sony Ericsson W580i and the Samsung A516. Unremarkable, except that MicroSD memory card storage is on a forever upward trend; these phones are compatible with cards up to 8GB. The Samsung has a feature that allows you to shake the phone to change songs, and you needn’t flip it open to use the media player — there’s transport buttons on the surface. I got completely lost in the navigation, though, and that was only one mojito into the evening.

Rogers also launched HTC’s Touch iPhone wannabe, a couple weeks after Telus had done the same.

In Category 3, though, things got interesting: Two offerings with video-calling features. The clamshell MotoRAZR 2 is two millimetres thinner than previous incarnations. But the star, in terms of just drop-dead gorgeous looks,

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Dave Webb
Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.