I'm getting one...but wow is it ugly


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  1. johninbigd

    johninbigd Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I was originally going to get an HTC Hero when it came out on Verizon, but now I'm pretty sure I'm going to get this. It has the functionality I need, but holy cow...it is really, really ugly, especially when compared to the Hero UI.

    I haven't had an android phone before. Will it be theme-able? I hate the way it looks, physically and the UI. The Hero, in contrast, has an amazing UI. But it doesn't have Android 2.0 or the faster processor, which is huge for me.
     

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    Why is everyone so concerned about the aesthetics of their phone? I don't get it. It's not like these things are cars or something..

    Either way, Android is 100% customizable. If you can get the MotoBLUR ROM or just happen to find a theme you like, you can download it.

    Really though... I don't remember anyone saying "Geez that iPhone is really nice on the eyes!" or something. It's as functional as an iPhone too (plus more), so I'm not seeing a problem here..
     
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    johninbigd Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    If people shouldn't be concerned with the way things look, perhaps you can explain the thousands upon thousands of designers of various types who are gainfully employed. :)

    Appearance affects usability. The look and feel of a device is an important part of the user experience.
     
  4. celios

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    I have a suspicion that the designers of the Droid were given the following brief:

    "Must not look like the iPhone"

    Love or hate the design, you have to admit it is distinctive. I quite like it in a Blade Runner / Matrix kind of way.
     
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    johninbigd Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    It is distinctive, but have you seen the HTC Hero UI? It is also distinctive but very, very nice looking. I'm excited to get a Droid, don't get me wrong, but I'll definitely be looking for ways to change the way it looks.

    It stinks that I have to wait a couple of weeks now. lol I can't wait to dump my iPhone.
     
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    I never made the assertion that looks don't matter everywhere. But it's a phone. It's going to fit in my hand the same way an iPhone or the N900 does.

    Appearance affects usability to some degree in a phone. I don't see any mega-chin like the G1's here to get in the way of your right thumb. So other than that, the point is kind of silly.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I suppose... all subjective when it comes down to it.
     
  7. johninbigd

    johninbigd Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I was referring to both the physical phone and the UI. The UI I've seen pictures of is disappointing after seeing the HTC Hero, but I'm sure I'll be more than happy with it when I see it live and in person.
     
  8. celios

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    Although the Droid UI (which is the basic untouched Android UI) isn't as pretty as the likes of the Sense UI that HTC use, I think the big benefit of leaving it as default will be speed.

    I'm pretty sure you can change the default look of the Android UI using themes (see Android Evolve for some examples).
     
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    johninbigd Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Good point. And speed is one of the big reasons I'll want this device. I can't wait to get it.
     
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    Looks are important too, if it looks bad you'll be embarrassed. But I think this phone actually looks pretty sweet, definitly can be passed as average looking in my opinion. But looks above average to me.
     
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    Im glad its gonna run the "stock" UI instead of Sense or Blur. Not that I dont like either of those cuz i do, but this thing is gonna be my own personalized beast!:D I cant wait.
     
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    Also I was reading over at HOFO earlier that someone had some hand time with a finished product and they were sayin the UI looks much better in person than the pictures were giving it credit for.
     
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    Motorola is run by engineers, after all. So they probably didn't even think about beauty! But hopefully it'll work well!
     
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    johninbigd Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    It's got speed and Android 2.0, so I think I'll be able to deal with the ugliness. :)
     
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    No kiddin' John! It's what has turned my head...I was waiting for the Pre to get to Verizon (committed V guy, not leaving), but realizing that it still wasn't THE phone. No expansion card? So you can't really encrypt files. Neither one has a seamless desktop sync app, but CompanionLink looks like a solution. I'm not a kid, not a Twit, etc....so I want the full screen for interneting, easy use as a phone (anyone remember that?), wifi, USB...so this looks like a Pre beater to me. They both already beat that iThing since that keypad is pretty tough to get used to, and again, exclusive with ATT.
     
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    I actually think that the Droid is quite pretty. Sure it doesn't have the rounded corners of the iDevices, or pretty colors. But when it comes down to it, much like the furniture at Ikea, the function is good looking. Keep it simple, pack it with features, and don't offer dozens of shiny bright colors on a serious phone.
     
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    I enjoy the looks of the Droid. It's simple and classy to me. Can't wait to see it in the real.
     
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    I would have to say, I was not impressed by the pics on the web of the phone or UI. After playing with for 4 hours today. I want one.

    It's sleek with a little edge. Mainly metallic surfaces versus plastic. I like the brass accents on certain buttons and surfaces.

    The stock UI is better in person. The screen is the best I have ever seen. It's an Andriod phone. It's all about customization. If you don't like UI, change it. Customizing it is the easiest thing to do on the phone.
     
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    How did you get one for four hours? And where's the pictures? ;)
     
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    I really don't get all the hate for the design.. I think this think looks dead sexy. I guess I heard a lot of the same about the G1 back in the day too. I loved my G1 when I first got it... but after seeing the Droid... I'm looking at my G1 thinking "honeymoon's over baby".
     
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    That's exactly how I feel about my storm right now. About my fours hours, I'm an employee with big red. I value my job too much to snap pics and post them. There's slot of hush hush around these new phones for the 4Q. This site has the best pics of the phone. The pics that came from moto's site that was up for like 3 mins.
     
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    johninbigd Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Did you see the Hero/Desire pics? Dang, they look good. I'm getting a Droid, but I sure hope I can get it to look even close to as good as the Desire.
     
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    Been wondering about that. I keep searching Moto's site, and nothing. So it went up and then down. Someone lucky got it. For us!:)
     
  25. Memitim

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    I couldn't care less about what my phone looks like so appearance means nothing to my decision to purchase, but I do think that the Droid looks pretty slick in and of itself. Just as long as it has a large screen, good processor and GPU, and all of the currently available peripheral components integrated, it can look ugly sitting in my pocket or cupped in the palm of my hand while I look at the screen.

    My wife, on the other hand, is one of the many who use shininess as a device ranking criteria and really likes how it looks as well, so I guess we both have our reasons for wanting one. :)
     

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