Inspecting gadgets

ACN rounds up the latest and greatest executive gadgets, from electronic book readers to the latest in touchscreen mobile phones.

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By  Imthishan Giado Published  February 7, 2009

Motorola W233 Renew

If you really want to make a statement this year about cutting costs and going green, think about kitting out your IT department with devices like Motorola's W233 Renew, which it claims is the first phone to be made from recycled water bottles.

Yes, that's right - this is where all your Evian and Aquafina bottles from the gym ended up. The casing is fully recyclable as well, while Motorola has partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the CO2 used to produce the handset.

The packaging is also claimed to use a higher proportion of recycled material than usual - a marketing stretch if we ever saw one.

Motorola's certainly recycling the spec sheet. The phone boasts (if that can be correct) a 128x128 CSTN display, an MP3 player - and that's about it.

At least the lack of a camera, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth means the weight can stay down at 83g and battery life is longer than average at nine hours for talktime.

It seems reasonably rugged, but the severe lack of features means any CIO carrying it is looking more to make a statement than to do any actual work.

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