So Q2 is nearly over, a whopping two quarters after the original release date, and I still have yet to see the V3i hit the public market. And yet, from what I unearthed on eBay, Motorola is already making colored editions of the goddamn thing (there’s the gold Dolce & Gabbana one from December, and now blue, maroon and red ones). What the fuck? Come on, Motorola. And do you really think releasing a pink version will boost your lackluster sales of the L7? Which, incidentally, never had much marketing to begin with?
Oh, right, sorry. You guys have been too busy preparing to take the world by storm with the Q . Hmm, wait, this build-up of anticipation seems vaguely familiar… oh! Right! Hey, does anyone remember all the hype about the PEBL? Interestingly enough, I still have yet to meet anyone who’s actually bought the thing, and it’s been on the market for a couple of months now.
Of course, should a Moto rep happen to be reading this and subsequently feel the need to convince me of the Q’s Ultimate Wowness (or the need to re-convert me to a V3i champeen), I wouldn’t say no to a live product review. If y’know what I’m sayin’. 
Anyway. Below: the Samsung T719, Sony Ericsson M600, Sony Ericsson W950 and Nokia 6282.
(All images, um, "borrowed" from Mobiledia)
Samsung T719 (on Mobiledia and MobileBurn)
I was lucky enough to play with this phone back in January. It’s a little wide, though probably no wider than the RAZR, but unlike the RAZR (and in true Samsung fashion), the T719 fits so comfortably in the hand. The tapering form makes it more ergonomic– and while you could argue, hey, with Bluetooth headsets being all the rage, who gives a crap about ergonomics?, I could (and would, and totally will) argue right back, hey, Bluetooth headsets are horrible beyond horrible  and the last time I checked, you still need to hold your phone in your hand for pictures and text-messaging and scrolling through your phonebook and– well. Need I go on?
So, yeah. Form factor is gorgeous– it may not be as sexy or exactly as slim as the RAZR, but at 18mm thick, it’s a far cry from bulky. AND it has a 1.3 mpx camera (rotating!), AND 25 MB storage (but no expandable, booo), AND– AND!!!– a QWERTY keypad. Which goes hand-in-hand with its Blackberry Connect feature.
The lacking memory capabilities aside, this is such a fabulously nutty phone and I’m so happy it’s finally coming to the public market, T-Mobile be damned. Thank god for unlocking services.
Sony Ericsson M600 (Mobiledia)
I love Sony Ericsson UIs. They’re always aesthetically pleasing, solidly intuitive and easily navigable. That being said, every single SE clamshell I have ever handled has been a bulky, ugly beast and a pain in the ass to flip open. And I Just Say No to slider phones, and I think you should, too.
But aside from being a non-clamshell, non-slider, the primary reason *this* phone caught my eye is because of the QWERTY keypad. Then I read the specs and discovered that, hey! IT HAS A TOUCHSCREEN, and Opera! And Symbian! And 80 MB of internal memory! And an expansion slot! And only 15mm thick! Holy wow!
But then I read through the specs again and discovered, boo, no camera. It was so damn close to being an ultimate all-in-one-er. Though if you go to the Mobiledia page and look at Photo 3, you’ll notice a little circle on the back that looks like once upon a time, it had been planned to integrate a camera. Likely budgets got changed somewhere along the process and it had to be cut (which is how the Nokia 6282 ended up as only a 1 mpx camera, sans flash).
Maybe if it came bundled with the 9.8mm-thick Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T7, this absent feature wouldn’t be so much of an issue. Though, rest assured, it would still BE an issue. Just not so much of one. Yeah.
Sony Ericsson W950 (Mobiledia)
So you’re reading about the M600 and you’re thinking, hey, 80 MB of internal storage. That’s not bad, and there’s an expansion slot to boot! But I’m really lazy and I don’t want to have to go out and buy a damn memory card for my phone.
Well. WELL. How’s about 4 GB of internal memory? Yeah? How d’ya like THEM apples?
What with Motorola’s (cruddy) ROKR release last year and with iPods getting progressively more multi-functional while still staying tiny, I’ve been wondering when a phone like this was going to come out. It’s more or less a huge improvement on the bulky W600i and has the same awesome features as the M600 above– namely, Symbian, a TOUCHSCREEN and Opera. And still only 15mm thick.
But, again, no camera. Dammit.
Nokia 6282 (Mobiledia)
This phone was my first-ever slider phone, which means it unfortunately has to be THE phone that has made me detest slider phones. Not because it’s a particularly bad slider phone, but rather, because it’s the only slider phone I’ve ever used. If that makes sense.
In the almost-five months that I’ve had this, there are two features that really stand out: the screen display and physical durability. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve dropped this sucker, and none of the internal components are worse for the wear. And I’m talking DROPPED dropped, like, the back casing flew off and sometimes the battery would even pop out, and when it slides closed now, it drops so much the two halves aren’t flush anymore, etc. With exception of when the battery would expel itself several feet away, as though it were trying to get as far away as possible from the crazy chick who doesn’t know how to hold onto her stupid cellphone, the phone never even shut itself off when I dropped it. Talk about sturdy.
The casing itself, of course, is dinged up to massive extents, as can only be expected from a delicate plastic shell that has been to hell and back.
Every Nokia cameraphone I’ve used, whether through ownership or demo-ing or handling in a store, has a delay on the camera function, and this drives me absolutely nuts. When I press the "capture" button, I expect the shutter to go off immediately, especially as the little shutter sound plays when I press that button. A one-second delay may not seem like that long to you if you haven’t been the victim of it, but let me tell you, when you’re trying to take a picture of that really cute guy as he’s passing, you get kind of pissed when you think you’ve taken a picture with his whole face in the frame and end up discovering that one-second delay has left you with only his ear and the back of his neck.
So, pros: screen display (the colors! the clarity! so swoon-inducing!), internal durability, sound (lovely, lovely), expandable memory slot.
Cons: goddamn camera delay, slider form.
Bonus! Samsung P300 (MobileBurn)
Isn’t it cute? Talk about snackable.
It measures 3.5" x 2.1" x 0.35" (the iPod Nano is 3.5” x 1.6” x 0.27” and the 30 GB iPod is 4.1” x 2.4” x 0.43”) and has been inevitably compared to a pocket calculator.
There’s a video preview over at Wireless Imports. Screen clarity looks good, on par with Samsung standards, and it’s got a 1.3 mpx camera with 80 MB of internal storage (but no expansion slot).
Not a bad bundle for those who are all about the super-slim cell phones, but, as with the RAZR, the P300 looks to be awkward and rigid in the hand.
 So I’m not trying to come off as a total snot, but really, you’re not going to take *any* world by storm on CDMA. You’re hardly going to be able to take the U.S. by storm on CDMA. Hell, you’ll be lucky to take a STATE. Those who have followed my cell-phone diatribes may have noticed that I only (p)review GSM/UMTS phones.
 I’m much better on turnaround times with products I’m super into reviewing. I was invited to preview "the world’s first universal cameraphone flash," like, way the heck back in March and the thing has been sitting in my purse ever since. The only time it’s been "used" is by accident, which usually results in someone (me, initially) being temporarily blinded. My goal for this weekend is to finally run it through procedural tests and write the review. Admittedly, other factors contributing to this procrastination have been: I stopped using the camera function on my phone altogether and right after I received the product in the mail, I moved down to San Diego and started working non-stop.
 I’m only going to say this for now: just don’t be that person who walks around wearing the headset, even when a phone call isn’t in progress. DON’T BE THAT PERSON. For serious.