If there was one phone that really piqued the interest of our Western readers, it would be the Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T. Coming in bright pink, yellow and blue, the phone is completely unique mostly due to its specs: 32GB of storage, 13MP camera, water/dust proof and a 4" screen.
So we were quite excited to see a few of them on display here at CES as it was our first and perhaps only time to be able to take it for a spin. The phone is certainly interesting but those tiny front buttons are a little difficult at times to just "look and feel", though we suppose they may be better than all-capacitive for some of you. It is very plastic-y and feels quite nice in the hand, though the screen itself is a bit under whelming (it is similar to the HTC Arrive's in terms of contrast).
Definitely a great phone for those in Japan but we'll still take a Nokia any day if given the choice.
Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.
I went to the Windows Phone Inner Circle event in Denver a couple of months ago and they had one of these on display. I wish I had known that you guys have never gotten your hands on one before, or I'd have reviewed it for you :)
I bet the one they had on display was the same one they had on stage when we first saw it. (^-^;;
The screen quality on the production devices is not as washed out as it looks in the video, and the viewing angles are pretty good. I still wish I had the screen from the Samsungs or Nokia Windows Phones.
I keep doing what I can to get the best out of the camera. One short comming is that you have not ISO control, so the photos can get grainy.
I like the IS12T that I use, but really praying to see more choice and support by the carriers. Japan could be the harder nut to crack for Windows Phone then the US, but the money is in the US market if you can get some of it.
I wish they had a demo of its waterproof capabilities.
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