So the idiots at Sprint send Joel Splosky an LG Fusic phone to review, thinking he will promote their service.
Phone companies, as Joel points out, have a history of bad decisions:
And itâ€™s 2006, and I almost canâ€™t believe Iâ€™m writing this, because way back in 2000 I wrote almost exactly the same thing about WAP, and how cell phone companies keep failing to insert themselves as toll collectors because theyâ€™re so darn clueless about how the Internet works, and about the value of many-to-many networks instead of broadcast networks.
Needless to say, the phone sucks, and Power Vision sucks too. Is Power Vision a 3G service? Why do phone companies have to brand everything in some incomprehensible way? mMode? MEdia Net? Vision? Power Vision? Vcast? Stop, my head hurts.
Now, on to the good part:
the LG Fusic user interface could basically serve as an almost complete textbook for a semester-long course in user interface design, teaching students of usability exactly what NOT to do.
And one more:
A little bit more exploring and I discovered that thereâ€™s another entirely separate MP3 player on this device. Itâ€™s hard to find. You have to go to Tools, then Memory Card, then to the Music folder, and another MP3 player starts up which you can use to listen to your MP3s. For this player, you donâ€™t have to be on the network, so it works in the subway, butâ€”get thisâ€”the minute you close the clamshell, the music stops! I am literally not making this up. There are two bad MP3 players on this device, neither one of which remembers where youâ€™re up to, neither one of which can be used on the subway with the phone folded in my pocket, neither one of which has a fast-forward feature.