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September 17, 2005

Russell reviews the Nano.

"In general, I’m thinking… "Meh."

Now, I just held a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone with the slot for a Memory Stick Duo, and a 2 Megapixel camera. Now *that* is something to get excited about. What a phone! It’s a bit bigger than the nano, but not really, and saves me from having to worry about charging two separate devices at night. This is the key: Separate devices are bad, convergence is good. "

I've been hearing about convergence in the phone biz for a long time now. In reality though things seem to be going the opposite way. Sure phones are getting more features, but the evidence is that people are buying MORE iPods not less. Their ignoring that their phone plays music. It will be interesting to see where this all leads.

Oh, and by the looks of things Apple isn't too interested in convergence (of course). That rokr phone is about the ugliest thing I've ever seen. Apple is probably the one company with the pull to make convergence happen if they want it too. I wonder if they'll ever give in and go the phone route.

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