In the battle for smartphone supremacy, we inevitably hear from the same few names over and over again. We hear about iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Symbian… but what about the team at Access? They used to champion the Palm OS, but we are now looking at a beautiful Linux OS in the new Emblaze Else Intuition smartphone.
The result of a partnership between Access and Emblaze Mobile, the Else Intuition (that’s Else and not Elise) takes on the now familiar large touchscreen form factor. It also gets specs that are about par for the course, loading up with GSM (quad or tri), GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, 16GB internal memory, 5-megapixel autofocus camera, and a TI OMAP 3430 processor.
The real star of the show, however, is the Access Linux Platform 3.0. This is meant to provide added flexibility and configurability. You’ll notice that the user interface is comprised of a semi-circular “wheel” to access the different functions on the multitouch display. The capacitive screen is 3.47-inches with a 480 x 854 pixel resolution.
I think the UI looks great and is very “clean” in its presentation. We’re not bombarded with endless widgets, but everything seems easily accessible. I’m assuming that the wheel can be flipped to the other side for lefties, but I can’t say for sure.