Concept: The HTC 1

July 12th, 2010

Not content with the current crop of versatile-yet-unrefined Android phones, designer Andrew Kim imagines an elegant brass-and-glass enclosure that, among other things, transforms into a desk clock. His thinking is spot-on — surely there must be a market for an Android phone with iPhone-level looks and polish — and though his conceptual evolution of the Sense UI is a bit lacking, his overall effort is a thing of (fake) beauty. My only question is why he chose to anchor himself to an existing brand like HTC instead of letting his imagination really run wild… who needs cease-and-desist orders mucking with their wonderful creations? At any rate… HTC, the gauntlet has been thrown.

Update: Did I mention Kim is an 18-year-old freshman at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies? Damn.

» Design Fabulous (via Engadget)

The Lovers: HP buys Palm

April 29th, 2010

The excitement never ends these days in the mobile realm, and I’m not talking about the iPhonegate scandal — you know, the one providing Gizmodo so much free publicity that Gawker publisher Nick Denton is probably thinking he should get his bloggers to break the law more often. To start with, let’s look at the lovers: HP and Palm, who will be joined in corporate matrimony this summer. (Awwww!) Tomorrow I’ll take a look at the fighters, as Microsoft moves against alleged patent infringement by Android.

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