Swinging Look for Cellphones

Mobile phones: The most radical design departure since the clamshell flip-phone

Photography by John B. Carnett

Photography by John B. Carnett

The most radical design departure since the clamshell flip-phone, Motorola's new V70 phone introduces the rotating cover, which swivels 180 degrees to almost double the size of the phone and serves as an earpiece. A blue electroluminescent translucent keypad adds the finishing high-tech touch. But the V70 doesn't just look pretty: The dual-band GSM/GPRS phone has a built-in infrared modem that connects at speeds of up to 56Kbps, a 1,000-contact phonebook, and support for instant messaging.

Price: $450