If you read anything other than Electrodes Monthly then you'll have noticed that there's something of a backlash at the moment against "the cult of size zero" and super-skinny models. Once mainstream media has finished flambéing Kate Moss and friends, I can only assume they'll turn their dark attentions to other proud advocates of the less-is-more ethos, the ever-shrinking mobile phone. And I fear Samsung has perhaps most to worry about, with their harem of millimeter-thin candybars and wafer-like clamshells; most scorn, though, will be heaped on their so-called smartphones that really ought to know better than extreme dieting.
It's one of those smartphones I've been testing over the past few weeks, and a model that has caused no little amount of confusion. Ostensibly similar to the much-hyped Blackjack, which launched last year to fanfare, squeals of delight and outraged disappointment at the "blink and you miss it" battery life, the similarly slim i320 is more of a feature-spared younger sibling that lacks the high-speed HSDPA and instead makes do with quad-band GSM EDGE for its data shuffling.