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Fujitsu introduces ARROWS ES IS12F smartphone for au

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Fujitsu on Thursday announced the Japan availability of its new ARROWS ES IS12F smartphone, manufactured by Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications. The new smartphone will be available in a steady roll out starting Saturday from KDDI Corporation and Okinawa Cellular Telephone Company.

Measuring just 6.7mm thick and weighing a mere 105g, ARROWS ES IS12F pushes the limits of slim handset design as one of the world's thinnest smartphones, while at the same time incorporating water-resistant technology. The smartphone employs a hybrid construction that brings together Fujitsu's latest slim-profile technologies, as well as super strong and rigid Corning Gorilla Glass and a scratch-resistant "Ultra Toughguard" coating. The result is a handset that is thin and light while also robust and that can be used in a variety of situations.

Smartphones continue to feature a wide range of new advanced capabilities, but there is still a need for mobile phones to be light, thin, and easy-to-carry. The ultra-slim and sophisticated water-resistant smartphone incorporates a wide range of advanced features, including a new AMOLED display that stands out for unparalleled clarity.

The new 4.0-inch AMOLED display boasts higher contrast and clarity, as well as improved response times and tracking compared to conventional LCD displays. With Fujitsu's latest high-definition technology, users can enjoy fluid high-resolution video content. The smartphone's high-performance 1.4GHz CPU and quick-response touchscreen also make for a smooth and effortless user experience.

The ultra-slim ARROWS ES IS12F incorporates a host of standard features, such as one-segment broadcasts, mobile wallet (Osaifu Keitai), and infrared communications, as well as cutting-edge capabilities including IPX5/8 water-resistant technology, a 5.11 megapixel camera that can capture Hi-Vision videos, and Fujitsu's original human-centric engine that delivers intuitive ease-of-use. IS12F is available in two colors: RUBY RED and GLOSS BLACK.

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I phoned docomo yesterday asking about these phones, the operator actively tried to talk me out of buying a docomo smartphone because (according to her) the battery life is 2-3 hours!?

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@gogogo

Thanks for the laugh this morning. That's quite an operator.

I guess the operator had a terrible experience on her smartphone. But on the other hand, it may be because she was using her smartphone for 2-3 hours straight?

Just the other day, I accompanied my wife to get her smartphone (softbank), and when we got home, since it's her first time to use one, she used it until she got used to the interface. We had to plug in the USB cable so she won't run out of batteries.

But I would say that on normal use, the batteries would and should last far longer than 2-3 hours.

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Operator probably told you about LTE phones from docomo. On docomo you cannot turn off LTE, so it is constatly sniffing for network causing your battery to drain. We ditched new generation of LTE phones in favor of old Galaxy S2.

AU is slightly different because you can turn off Wimax, but still eats battery very quickly. I think best 4G phone now is au's Motorolla ISW11M.

This particular phone has nothing to offer. There is no advantage over the highly rated Xperia Acro, which has same CPU and memory, but has exceptionally good battery life. AU just wasted everybody's time with this one.

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I need a new phone but they are all stupid if they last 2-3 hours of usage...

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@gogogo

If you really want docomo smartphones, then I recommend getting Samsung's Galaxy (any series). So far, user reviews from all around the globe has been good to great on this.

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Elvensilvan: That was the exact phone the Docomo lady said not to buy because of the poor battery life. The galaxy Nexus.

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I have the S2 LTE, Battery is lasting most of the day for me with normal (not heavy) usage. The plus being that it is a fantastic phone.

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So Galaxy Nexus or the S2 LTE? What do you think?

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If you buy from a Japanese carrier, the phone will be locked. Buy the phone from overseas if you plan to use a Docomo or Softbank SIM. It seems au is more extreme and locks the SIM to one particular phone. If your battery dies on you, you cannot just borrow a friend's phone and slip your SIM in it.

Also, if you are worried about batteries, ask if you can buy a spare. au will tell you you have to order one.

I wonder is the term "Smart" can applied to any au product. The past few au phonesI have used have been incapable of sorting the phone book in true alphabetical order beyond the first letter of the name.

If you spend 40,000 yen or more on a phone, you want one you can use overseas with an overseas SIM and use with different carriers.

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Galaxy nexus - the best phone currently available, until maybe the iphone5 comes out. Nexus runs android 4.0 which is supposed to be epic. http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/16/2638466/galaxy-nexus-review-verizon-lte gogogo - Docomo is generally staffed by muppets. I would look at reviews on tech websites and see what the tech otakus are saying. No smartphone will get the 2-3 days of an old phone - the trade off for having massively more functionality and power in your pocket.

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the headline here is "smartphone", but the article only talks about how slim and light and big screen etc. the headline should have been that fujitsu releases a prettyphone. and most importantly, a smartphone is as smart as the operating system it has. i don't see the word android anywhere. does this means that i'll be totally under control of the generous telephone company for smartness? can't choose my own apps? no thank you.

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@takahirodomingo - Dismissive again for the point of being so. Your postsreally are rather boring. It's Android.

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hey @rainman1, why do you read my boring posts? you bore me thus, and you are thus dismissed. thanks for missing info, that the prettyphone is also smarty, with android.

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Readers, please do not be impolite toward each other.

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Too little, too late from Fujitsu. It'll never gain any ground.

I've always been curious about the 'mobile wallet' function. Would that be easy to skim?

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Does anyone have any idea when Docomo will come out with the new Samsung Galaxy Note? I'm desperately waiting for that one. It has superior reviews worldwide. Any info would be appreciated.

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smith - mobile wallet is great, unfortunately I had to give it up when I switched to the Galaxy. I only used the Suica function on my previous phone, but its the same as having the Pasmo or Suica card. Its linked to your credit card by password and you can only store up to 20,000 Yen. So, thats the most you could possibly lose. Great for late night taxi trips when drunk - don't have to open your wallet..and lose it :(

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I have the Google Nexus. Using it right now to post this message.

Incredible phone.

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picked up the nexus, seems ok thus far :)

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Can any one please tell me if I will be able to unlock the Galaxy Nexus and use it abroad with different SIM card? The same question for the new AU Galaxy SII WiMax

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