January 29, 2007 4:00 AM PST
The devil wears a Prada phone
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Verreos: While he professes to love technology, Verreos says he detests how it can ruin a well-chosen outfit, especially in the case of the dreaded phone clip accessory. "Unless you're a doctor, and you need to be paged and found, there's no need to be clipping them on. (A phone) is not a belt. It's not a piece of jewelry," he said.
As far as phones go, Verreos is not a fan of the ruggedized Casio GzOne, which he sees as a definite fashion don't: "It's more Eddie Bauer, Seattle, granola-crunch type. Too Sporty Spice." Swarovski-crystal encrusted gadgets also violate his definition of chic. "It's too much--it's a little Paris Hilton two years ago."
Mittersinker: The design director says smart phones present the biggest challenge to clean, simple lines. "None of them look really great. The Motorola Q, to the Palm Treo, to Samsung's (BlackJack). It seems like there are so many features that even if you have the greatest design team in the world work on it, it still won't look good," he said.
Youger: The user experience in general has room for improvement, he said. "When you say 'Apple' to people, there's an understanding of what that interface might be. When you say 'Samsung,' I don't immediately picture what that interface might be," Youger said. The reason, he explained, is the lack of "shared experience" that carries over among all products in a particular brand. Besides Apple, Nokia has done well with that, he said.
Belasco: There's a reason he likes his Razr--phones any larger just don't fit into his lifestyle. "I don't like the BlackBerry. I just don't like the design of it," Belasco said. "I think it's too...I don't know. I'd rather carry my laptop than have a BlackBerry."
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