Samsung and Giorgio Armani are making another go at creating a designer cell phone, reports Women's Wear Daily. Like their original collaboration, the Samsung Armani, the new handset will offer a touch screen and multimedia features, but it will ditch Windows Mobile 6.5, Armani's operating system of choice on last year's Samsung smartphone, in favor of Android. Say goodbye also to the full keyboard and tilting design.
Why are these high-fashion phones still around? Who uses them? I've never once seen one in the wild. Only once have I ever even heard of one in the wild and that was when my friend Adam Curry said that he was going to buy his teenage daughter a Samsung Armani. He hardly counts. He is a high-profile guy. Mere mortals do not … Read more
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Sorry I missed this in the aftermath of CTIA, but Samsung on Friday announced the latest incarnation of its Armani-branded phone. This newest handset sports a QWERTY keybaord and a design that's vaguely reminiscent of the HTC Tilt 2. The exterior is attractive, particularly the bronze and brown color scheme.
Features on the Windows Mobile 6.5 phone include a 5-megapixel camera, e-mail and messaging, Bluetooth, a music player, a personal organizer, a speakerphone, voice dialing, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a video player, GPS, and an FM radio. The Armani is a quad-band (GSM 850/… Read more
I have just read Nicholas Carr's Atlantic Monthly article "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"
Actually, I skimmed it.
But his thesis is a very worrying one. (As many of his theses are.)
He fears that his constant Googling and other triflings on the web are altering the way his brain functions.
He is unable to read anything of length. Like a thrice-married ogler in a bar, he feels his eyes are constantly skimming salient facts rather than mellifluous prose. His friends have given up hope of ever reading "War and Peace."
I want to save … Read more
For most people, the goal of consumer electronics is to keep the cost down as much as possible without compromising performance or quality. The problem with progress is that once everyone can afford a massive flat TV the footballers, hedge-fund managers and rappers have nothing left to prove they're more worthwhile than the rest of us.
Enter the great fashion designers of the world, who encourage us to purchase fragrances that are mostly water mixed with some chemicals, and clothes made in the same third-world sweat shops as your local high-street brands, but at a massive premium. It wasn'… Read more
Our colleagues over on CNET UK already gave us a full rundown of the Samsung Armani when it first showed up earlier this year, but we wanted to get our hands on it, too, to see this fashion phone for ourselves. The Armani comes in this fancy black box that rivals the iPhone in terms of package design, and when we opened it up and took a look at the phone, we could definitely see the Armani influence. It is a super-stylish touch-screen handset encased in a glossy black steel shell, plus it has a menu interface that glows subtly. … Read more
Open memo to our bosses: Crave needs to schedule an expense-account trip to Milan.
Last week we wrote of a Fujitsu laptop made of cedar that was showing at the Salone Internazionale Del Mobile exhibition (that's "International Furniture Fair" to you Philistines out there). And now we learn that Samsung and Armani--which have already collaborated to produced the designer's exclusive phone, of course--have debuted a jointly marketed HDTV at the event yesterday.
Much has been written about the Samsung-made Armani phone (not all of it flattering), but the only way to get a true feel for it is to physically handle it. And that's exactly what Crave Asia has done with its unboxing, describing the experience in detail from its luxury packaging to a multitude of accessories. What's it like to get a $1,000 designer phone in the mail? Find out here.
(Source: Crave Asia)
Crave tends to cringe when a fashion house teams up with a consumer electronics manufacturer, as it usually means some abomination is about to be exposed that offends both style freaks and geeks alike. The idea of a Samsung Armani phone was no exception.
But it hit the Crave doormat this morning, and our fear was replaced with a sigh of relief as we unboxed a rather lovely looking handset. It's small, it's solid, and most importantly, it's not garish. The Armani logo is subtle and the casing comes in a stylish Italian-footwear brown. Better yet, the … Read more