The Pantone 5 107SH is the latest smartphone from the Japanese carrier, SoftBank. The full touch screen Android phone runs the IceCream Sandwich version of the OS, has a 3.7-inch 854 x 480 resolution LCD screen and a 4-megapixel camera. It is powered by a 1.4GHz processor. The body is water resistant and has an infrared data port. Since it is a Japanese phone, it even has the obligatory, inbuilt TV Tuner. It is going to be available in eight different color schemes. All in all, it reads like a fairly standard 12mm thin piece of device. Nothing fancy here at all.
The thing that actually makes it stand out in the crowd is the large button in the front, the same color as the back panel of the phone. The only physical button on the front of the phone. That is the button that launches the radiation level measuring app. Pressing the button launches the app, which after a small gap of ten seconds, displays the level of radiation in the surrounding area. According to SoftBank, the radiation measurement by the phone is accurate up to 20% but it does not recommend the use of the device during an emergency and critical situations. It is to be used more of as a precautionary device.
We all of course know that after the Fukushima Nuclear disaster, the Japanese are worried about the radiation levels in the atmosphere, but is it really necessary to place a large dedicated button just to launch an app. It would work just as well without a dedicated button. But then, maybe SoftBank knows better. The Pantone series is after all a popular in the country and so are radiation detector apps and kits. iPhone compatible radiation detectors sell pretty well as well.
We just hope no one ever gets the need to use these devices ever in their life.