Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/17/gsmart_s1200/

Gigabyte touts 'world's first' phone with Flash UI

One small problem: the claim's boll*cks

By James Sherwood

Posted in Phones, 17th February 2009 13:08 GMT

A phone sporting what its maker has claimed is the first mobile equipped with an Adobe Flash-based UI is on its way to the UK.

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The GSmart S1200 has a Flash-based UI

According to Gigabyte, the company behind the GSmart S1200, Flash provides a basis for creating fluid, dynamic new user interfaces.

A Gigabyte spokesman told Register Hardware that Flash only requires a minimal amount of phone power, meaning users can benefit from a funky UI without running out of juice.

Maybe, but Gigabyte is not the first company to use the Adobe technology. Readers may recall UK company Pogo Technology, which launched a GPRS-based handheld internet tablet phone way back in 2002. OK, so Pogo subsequently stopped making it less than a year later, but its Flash-based phone was (briefly) on the market long before Gigabyte's offering.

The S1200 is actually based on Windows Mobile 6.1 – with a 6.5 version to follow later on. Users can flick between the standard UI and Gigabyte's Flash front end using the small circular button at the bottom of the rather iPhone-esque handset.

Elsewhere on the 105 x 52 x 11.4mm device you’ll find HSDPA connectivity and Wi-Fi support. Bluetooth 2.0 and mini USB provide alternative ways of moving data to and from the phone’s Micro SD memory card.

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Switch to Windows Mobile at the flick of a button

The 3.1in screen can display snaps captured using the rear-mounted 3Mp camera.

Gigabyte’s GSmart S1200 will hit the UK during Q2. A Price hasn’t been set. ®