Target Market (was: Re: Charger?)

Lowell Higley higleylh at
Mon Apr 14 18:34:03 CEST 2008

Then I'll shut up.  BTW,  I don't hate or love the visual look of the Neo.
It's more function than anything else to me.

On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 9:25 AM, Flemming Richter Mikkelsen <
quatrox at> wrote:

> On 4/14/08, Lowell Higley <higleylh at> wrote:
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Apr 14, 2008 at 4:01 AM, thomasg <thomas at> wrote:
> > >>Well, you'll get used to it :)
> > >>USB-Charging is fine. You can use a standard usb-wallcharger as well
> > as any mini-usb cable or usb-carchargers and so on.
> >
> > I know this isn't the case, but if were to HAVE to plug it into a
> > computer, it would be a deal killer for me. I haven't been home in over a
> > month.  I am a road warrior (I spend 80% of my time on the road) and I don't
> > always have the option to pull out my laptop to charge my phone. Make sense?
> And I only charge my current phone from my laptop. An extra charger is no
> use to me.
> I'm going to change the topic a little bit.  I'm a little concerned about
> > the direction of these messages.  It seems like the thought that goes into
> > them isn't that consumer focused.  It's more personal opinion based than
> > anything else, personal preference. My original statement was to reflect the
> > thought of what a consumer expects (not want) in a phone they buy.  I know
> > for now this is still a geeky device for those of like that like cool tech
> > toys.  But isn't the end goal to create a device that end consumers would
> > want to buy?  I see mentions here and there but I don't see a concerted
> > effort to make this a consumer device one day.  That was what I was trying
> > to say more than, "hey, I have to have a wall charger."
> Right now we are focusing on the developer release. That is for geeks, not
> consumers.
> Let me give you another example... I've probably showed 20 people pics of
> > the Neo1973.  You want to know what I hear?  "Man, that's ugly!"  That's
> > what I hear every time.  Now you're thinking "so what? it's functional".
> > You and I may not care what it looks like, but consumers do.  I'm guessing
> > no focus group was done by FIC way back when as the prototype was created.
> > It was a bunch of techie/engineering types that generally have no clue what
> > consumers want. I can say that because I used to be one of those techie
> > types that focused on the technology versus the requirements of the
> > customer.  I'm not trying to bash the team in any respect.. They've done a
> > great job pioneering the first "freed phone".  Just maybe the consumer isn't
> > their/our focus?  And if not, will it ever be?
> I love the design. People have different taste.
> The bottom line is who is the target market for this product?  That's who
> > I am always going to answer questions for.  Anyways, I digress.  I'm sure
> > I'll get a few barbs/flames out of this one.
> I think the focus on a market product can really begin when all the
> developers got their phone. Now the focus must be on the developers.
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