Why is it that most users hate the ways device makers and OS platform providers implement proprietary skins for their most desired devices?
Apple has engendered the philosophy that thankfully has taken root in the industry. Make the interface consistent and easy enough for most users to use without having to learn a whole new thing each time you install a new app or upgrade your OS.
In the Desktop world Sony and HP always made pretty great Windows OS and desktop extensions and system additions but users have universally resented and hated the learning curve burden placed upon them.
The added complexity never quite lived up to the promise and potential of skinning. Now user selected apps and widgets have become the preferred method of extending a user’s environment.
When new users acquire a new smartphone they wind up spending a hefty amount of time unistalling stuff and pairing down all the non-standard pre-installed “crapware”.
There is also another categorgy of Crapware that comes in when you download free apps and utilities so a rule of thumb is that caution should be exercised if you hate bunk stuff.
If you are an app-whore prone to grab any andeverything you can, good luck. You’ill need it! if you choose to open up Pandora’s box.
The Skins Game is just about over!
Sony Digital Binoculars
Every spy, sports enthusiast and horse race fan, girl watcher or bird watcher will definitely want a pair of Sony’s new DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital binoculars with the features of a camcorder with a variety of digital add-ons.
It is capable of snaping 7.1-megapixel stills and recording 1080p HD video in either 2D or 3D with Optical SteadyShot stabilizationThe DEV-5’s 20x zoom is twice that of the DEV-3. The DEV-5 also comes equipped with an on-board GPS receiver, allowing watchers to know the exact location of what they spot without the need for a separate device.The price is not for the faint of heart or the timid at $1400 and $2000, respectively they are the state-of-the-art. Expect them by November.
Sony S1 tablet
It was a couple of weeks ago that I wondered in a post on this site what was holding Sony back from jumping headlong into the emerging tablet fray considering it was in their product wheelhouse. It seemed only natural that Sony would eventually enter a market that is so well suited for them to enter and succeed in. After all Sony literally pioneered the UMPC product category and as always has had such a strong design and development infrastructure.
Well it seems that Sony was not napping and was working on this. We just overjoyed to learn that Sony has developed and is readying S1 and S2 Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” tablets. The S2 is particularly interesting being a dual-screen tablet.
It is xpected that Sony will integrate Sony Reader e-book software and as is common for them they will add in a slew of home-entertainment features such as allowing them to serve as universal remote controls and to be able to transfer videos and music to compatible television and wireless speaker systems.
I am a long time Sony fanboy with one of just about every Sony consumer electronic product of theirs since the Walkman, not to mention the four VAIO computers sitting around gathering dust that I just can’t see myself giving up.
I look forward to their new tablet products. I know Sony will put their best foot forward and come out with excellent products that will uphold their well-earned reputation for delivering top quality technology.
I am quite surprised that in the midst of all the momentum behind Tablet and Smartphone trends we have not heard noises from SONY (THE ONE AND ONLY). Sony, as far as I am concerned pioneered and led the way into smartphones and tablets with their UMPC’s and ultra-hip media devices but somewhere along the line (in the past couple of years) they must have stumbled and lost much of their gusto and momentum.
This is not to say that they are completely out of it and can’t pool their best innovations from VAIO, UMPC and get back in stride, but with each passing day they are letting lesser international companies out innovate them and displace them. Which these days can be the absolute kiss of death in a radically shifting manufacturing marketplace where doors of opportunity close rapidly. The earthquake couldn’t have helped either. Come on SONY, let’s see you do that magic you do so well!
- A SONY Fan