My dream cell phone
I currently use a Sony Ericsson K800i and I like it. It’s a solid piece of hardware and has a nice feel to it. My fiance has a Nokia N95 and in terms of robustness, it’s like a piece of candy wrapper compared to the K800i. There are however a few things Sony Ericsson could do to improve the phone tremendously. Here are my suggestions (in no particular order):
- Move the blank space below the display (the part that has the Cybershot logo) to the bottom under the keypad. As it is now, typing on the keypad is a bit awkward since it is right at the bottom of the phone. With a few millimeters of space below the keypad, typing would be much easier.
- Make it thinner. The phone, especially with the tacked on lens cover on the back, is quite thick. I don’t care about weight, but it has to be thinner than this.
- Redesign the lens cover. It has a tendency to open when I don’t want it to open.
- Ship it with a proper theme. The themes that come with the phone are horrible. Actually, I have yet to find a good theme for the phone. And no, I don’t want some silly theme that mimics OSX. While you’re at it Sony Ericsson, kill all the animations that slow down navigation. Flipping between tabs in the settings menu is a pain. It’s not Symbian slow, but slow nonetheless.
- Fix the USB transfer speeds. Transferring 30MB podcasts to the memory card over the USB cable takes forever.
- I use Google Calendar and nothing else. I would be a happy camper if the phone could just grab my Google Calendar feed now and then and use it to update the phones built-in calendar. I don’t need “two-way syncing”.
- Add the possibility to show upcoming calendar events on the start screen. Why this feature isn’t available on all cell phones is beyond me. I’ve seen it on some Nokia phones, but never on a Sony Ericsson. Come on, how difficult can it be?
- Remove some useless buttons on the sides and on the front. There are at least 6 buttons on the phone that I could have lived without. While you’re at it, remove the front-facing camera. Nobody uses it anyway. Don’t forget that “perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
- Add a standard mini stereo plug so I can just hook the phone up to any stereo system (for example in the car). In order to do this now, I need to use a stupid Sony Ericsson adapter.
When the above phone hits the market, please let me know.