Barring the guy from Gartner Japan in this NY Times article, everyone wants a cool Japanese cell phone. Even the folks at NPR’s On the Media did a story earlier this year.
And why not? On some of my trips to Japan I saw color screens, text messaging, and camera phones years before they ever appeared in the US. Despite Apple’s attempts to be the uber-cool phone of the moment, Japan’s phones are still the best representation of a digital pocket-knife.