Ugliness (was Re: 10 PACK UPDATE!!!)
asch at freemail.hu
Sat Apr 26 13:44:38 CEST 2008
I myself and all people I talked to think that that the black one has no
style. Also the orange-white looks cool.
It is not a blocker for me but would be for an average user who is not
Fancy color case is a must in the future.
> On 25 Apr 2008, at 16:25, Lowell Higley wrote:
>> Nine out of ten "typical consumers" I show it to think it's ugly and
>> wouldn't buy it because of looks alone. If I show it to a techie
>> type, I get the "what are the specs?" question. Lesson? To the
>> consumer, beauty is only skin deep.
> This is typical of the consumer, though (and of the place the mobile
> phone has taken in the mainstream, of "reflecting" the owner's
> At the end of the day, there are a hundred mobile phone designs on the
> market - and for probably this reason. Substantially all mobile phones
> do the same thing - make & receive calls - and I guess appearance is a
> primary differentiation. If your one consumer in ten finds the
> Freerunner acceptable (or even, shudder!, attractive) enough to that
> they'll buy it, then Freerunner surely has a far greater market
> interest than most mobiles! It's all a matter of taste and I'll bet
> there are very few phones on the market which would be _universally_
> considered non-ugly.
> We should also remember that OpenMoko is probably not aiming at the
> "girlie" market, of consumers for whom appearance and daintiness is
> the primary concern. I am reminded of a girl I knew two or three years
> ago who was pleased with her new mobile - it was a small clamshell
> design with a second screen on the outside; the outer screen showed
> the time or, when it rang, the caller's name or number. A screen saver
> was available for both screens - floating pink & pastel bubbles were
> When making calls is the only function then I do like small phones,
> but the aforementioned girlie phone had no features that appealed to
> me over any of the other clamshell designs available on the market for
> the past decade. The Freerunner is surely aimed to compete with phones
> based on Windows Moble & Symbian - phones on which email, calendaring
> & media playback are important features (it may even compete, then,
> with the PSP).
> The Freerunner will be replacing a Sony Ericsson P990i
> <http://www.cellphonebeat.com/images/p990i_.jpg> here - now THAT'S a
> phone which could barely be more ugly, but nevertheless it sold well
> on its features (and besides, ugliness is STILL only an opinion).
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