Convergence Gone Mad?

Apr 17, 2009 3:57pm

Has it come to this?  We’ve all seen cell phones with built-in cameras, phones with browsers, phones with music players…but a phone with a built-in electric razor? Oh, maybe not.  But it has people talking, and folks here asked me to check it out. On Gizmodo, Sean Fallon posts an item about the one in the picture, saying, "I’m all for convergence, but some gadgets just don’t belong together…." He writes, "The Rong Zun 758 Razor is a GSM phone that features a detachable bottom plate covering a working shaver along with dual SIM card slots, a 2.6-inch touchscreen, 3-megapixel camera, MP3/MP4 player, FM radio, GPRS, Bluetooth connectivity and a microSD slot. It also features an endorsement by David Beckham (whether he knows it or not)." The putative seller, a Malaysian-based website called i-Pmart.com, gives the specs in less-than-idiomatic English: "The first Razor phone that is super-fit men used. Convenience to carry and practical. As long as you give the battery can be full of electric shaving, and can also dial phone." The thing is all over the blogosphere.  The phone, says i-Pmart.com, comes from China for $115.74 plus $21.98 shipping. If you sit through the YouTube video (it’s eight minutes; the razor briefly shows up around the third minute), you begin to wonder.  The video — nothing more than a set of hands demonstrating the phone — is tagged "comedy."

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