Why Aren’t There Any Good Phones?

As noted in my last entry, my phone has taken a bit of a stumble. Boris was kind enough to let me use his P800 while I work on getting it back up to speed, and Dick lent me his P900, but all in all it has been slow rolling. It took about 20 minutes to transfer 10 contacts over manually, which means I have approximately 420 minutes (7 hours) of transfer time ahead of me.

In the mean time, I’ve been looking at new phones, trying to find something that will satisfy my need for features as well as my aesthetic desires. My current phone is a Nokia 6600, and it has been wonderful in every way. I much prefer the Series 60 UI to UIQ on the Sony-Ericsson smartphones; there was a time in my life where I considered getting the P900, but that time has certainly passed.

Looking through the Sony-Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia sites (Nokia, by the way, is the only one that you can actually use intuitive URLs for, ie: http://nokia.com/phones/6600 will get you to the right place), I have come to think that those companies have grouped the type of people who purchase expensive phones into three categories:

  • Rich businessmen who know nothing about phones, don’t really care about them, and just want the top of the line model to keep up with their peers. They are the equivalent of the man who trades the BMW 745 for the BMW 760 just because the 760 has a bigger number. As long as the company puts out a phone that has the required features (calendars, contacts, possibly GPRS) and call it their flagship model they are fine, their only competition is with the Blackberry family.
  • Rich fashionistas who, likewise, know nothing about phones, care a lot about them, and want to have the trendiest one available. These people wore snow boots to walk around the city (if they are female) and whatever the last thing Justin was wearing. The phone they buy needs to be either the smallest, the blackest or the shiniest.
  • Technophiles who know everything about phones, want all the features, and don’t care about how it looks. These people buy bleeding edge so that they can tinker with it and make use of advanced features. They are also the people who place things like Symbian at the top of their list in required features.

For the most part, those categories work out. The rich business men take care of the Nokia 9500s and the Motorola RAZRs, the rich fashionistas hit the Motorola PEBLV6s or Nokia’s [fashion collection][nokiafasion], and the technophiles cream over the top models on the Symbian list or the Treo 650. There are cross-overs, techie business men will hit the Treo, fashionista business men will certainly get the RAZR. But what of fashionista technophiles?

I dare say we are left with next to nothing. Who can I throw $1000 at to get a slick phone? One that looks like this or like this, that syncs with my fashionable powerbook, has a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPRS (I’m not even asking for EDGE, but it’d be nice), and runs Python. Shoehorn a 7610 into the [7260][7260] and I’d buy it in a second, or get Symbian onto the RAZR and I’d be right there. Are you listening guys? We, the technophiles, have the money and we aren’t all as fashion-unconscious as you might think, just look at how quickly Apple products get snapped up by our sector.

I think Nokia is the company to do it, they dominate the list of Symbian phones, but I’d be happy to have Sony-Ericsson or Motorola pick up the slack, too.

Tags: [tag:mobile], [tag:phone], [tag:phones], [tag:nokia], [tag:sonyericsson], [tag:motorola]

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