Every time Casio walks out of the calculator or watch fields, as they are wont to do, I feel a bit wary, like watching a master swordsmith take up rifle making. But Casio knows what they are doing: they are sensible, practical and reliable. They release very few truly terrible products.
So their new cell phone excites me. It's sort of the Nintendo DS of cell phones: on one side, a tradititional display, but swivel the top around and you have an iPhone-like touchscreen.
The phone also offers a 5 megapixel camera and video recording... which is a far cry from the iPhone's crummy offerings in that regard.
Price is unknown at this point, or even if it'll get a US release, but it's scheduled for a Japan debut sometime this month.
Make a winner, Casio! I'd love to see a serious showdown between Apple, Palm and Casio in the smartphone wars.