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Delivering on the total user experience… not knee jerk!

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Been playing with my wife iPhone for about two weeks now… and I must say, it has a fair bit of quirks on it and despite it being a pretty solid all in one devices (phone, pda-like capabilities, music & video, games and eventually 3rd party apps…), the basic phone function / expectation can really put you off sometimes!

Will do a simple review of the iPhone shortly…

Now, looking ahead, there’s another strong iPhone contender on the horizon and it’s from Sony. (It is a bit of old news and this has been out for many months…) Sony has some of the best hardware design for many segments but their software / programming has never been their strength. This time round, they are partnering with Microsoft on the OS for the upcoming Xperia… and I must say, it is a big risk to undertake.

On the youtube video or the commercial, the UI looks fabulous but as many of us know, those are demo / Home Screen UI stuff and not ACROSS the WHOLE UI design!!! That’s where it may falter if what Sony does is to have a skin on top of Windows Mobile 6.1 or later that will be running on the Experia but the underlying apps or UI across WM6.1 or later has not been customized!!! It will be disastrous and inconsistency will come in… pretty much like what HTC did with the TouchFlo add on to WM OS… It just fanciful but with no overall experience achieved. Microsoft better bucket up their UI for this version of WM that the Sony Xperia will be running on, else it would be another flop attempt to rush out something that seems cool but fails after the initial 5 mins with the devices. Another knee jerk reaction to iPhone…


Click on the image above to go to the actual Sony site that will give you more info on the Xperia.

Speaking of the curve slider design… Hmmm… I shared with my wife on this last year after looking at some of the devices from HTC and not sure if I have written some blogs about it… It is exactly the same idea that the Sony Xperia have. But the fact of the matter is that, ‘layman’ design ideas pretty often comes from looking at something that we have NOW and taking a slightly different approach to ask what-else-could-we-have-done-better kind of questions and improve on it and thus one will find many similar ideas that came out around the same time… By virtue that many of us are looking at the CURRENT product line and working on the same improvement thoughts… I guess with a dedicated focus on research and design, like those design house (Frog Design comes to mind) one has to LOOK AHEAD 2-5 YEARS at what the design may be like and work on it NOW to lead the way…

Anyway… stay tune for the mini iPhone review…

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March 31, 2008 at 4:29 am

Toyota’s A-BAT mobile

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Check out this concept car from Toyota!!!

Can’t wait to see it in actual production… if it gets enough attention.

Click here to see more images and info on this great design.

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January 3, 2008 at 8:10 pm

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Great photography… Awesome gallery

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Came across this photo gallery from New York Times and I was completely wow by it. I know there are many out flash gallery out there but this one, combined with superb photography against dark background (seeing a trend here… take a look at some of adobe stuff and you will know what I mean) is simply gorgeous.

Go full screen mode. Check it out here.

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December 30, 2007 at 9:44 pm

Nice Web Sites Design…

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Here are some nice web site design that I came across… (no thorough review on what it does, but simply design impression)

Teknision – Consultancy My DREAM – Social
Get On Board – Eco Friendly Blast Radius – Agency
IdeaStorm – Dell, Drupal DBB – Interior Designer
Singapore Film Commission – Film Allen & York – Recruitment

More discovery coming…

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September 13, 2007 at 4:30 am

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