The iPod is already pretty forward looking in terms of design, but designer Gopinath Prasana decided to take things a little bit further with the iBangle concept. This MP3 player comes in the form of a – you’ve guessed it, a bangle, and features a multi-touch track pad for you to control your playlist. Guess this is a fancy version of the iPod Shuffle since it lacks the physical real estate for a screen or projector to keep you entertained with movies, so only songs will have to do. Since everyone comes with different wrist sizes, the iBangle boasts a cushion within that inflates so that it is able to fit into just about any wrist snugly.
It’s here: the Google Phone. After years of speculation and months of waiting, the first Google Android OS-based smart phone has finally been released by T-Mobile USA. The device formally called as G-1 is made by HTC has started to ship and will be made available to those who have pre-ordered the phone sometime today.
T-Mobile USA sent me a pre-release review unit, and after playing around with it for a few days, I have some observations, which might help you make a buying decision about this device. I am eschewing the traditional review format because there are dozens of very smart people who have reviewed the G-1 after putting it through its paces. Here are my major takeaways:This isn’t an iPhone competitor. If you look at it, you can very quickly see that G-1 is a Honda to iPhone’s BMW. After a few days of usage I have become increasingly convinced that for people who like the Apple iPhone, will find Google-based G-1 aesthetically lacking.
Maybe it is because I have been so conditioned by the iPhone’s touch screen, I don’t care for too much buttons on the phone that has touch screen ability, though it makes navigating through a complex array of features relatively easy. I like the trackball, which makes flipping through features very easy.
The device is very easy to use. It took me less than an hour to figure out how to use the phone, most of its features including touch-screen abilities, surfing and setting up the network, without as much as referring to the accompanying handbook even once. Most people who use Windows XP or Vista for their daily computing will find Google Android user interface remarkably familiar and find comfort using this device. In other words, it will sell a lot of units. And yes it is going to become a thorn in Windows Mobile’s side.
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