30.1.08

Phones And Suchlike..

I'm not really all that much of a gadget geek. Super-high-technology is a little scary to me, not least because so much of it is so hard to use and I'm scared of ruining it- but I'd be the first one to admit that I've never been able to level that charge against the things I really can't do without, the first among those being my phone.
I've used Nokia phones for nearly seven years now, and I can pretty much testify to the fact that they are God's gift to the technologically challenged. Not only are they incredibly user-friendly (props must be given to whoever designs the interfaces- and I love playing Snake), they're incredibly resilient (getting dropped on the floor a million times a day and still having a battery life of over 3 days is proof enough of that- I've heard enough of my classmates complaining about fancy phones getting ruined the same way), and they have, in the past, had features that are sheer brilliance as far as design is concerned (like a flashlight...sadly, those got phased out with the Nokia 1100 models). In short, if I have to buy a phone, chances are that I will insist on it being a Nokia.
Therefore, getting news of their collaboration with Frédérique Daubal to bring out the Nokia 7900 Crystal Prism was definitely something that set all the 'want' buttons connected to my inner art geek pinging, even if my unfortunate tendency to lose phones and the € 375 price tag on this one means that my owning it won't happen (it's going to be available in Asia though, so yay for that). Still, from what I can see, it's a stunning piece of work, and I'm certainly happy to be introduced to the work of a very talented designer (graphics as well as fashion- the lady is versatile!). And if my experience of Nokia products in the past is anything to go by, it'll probably be a joy to use.


Pics #1 and 2: works by Frédérique Daubal
Pic #3: wallpaper for the Nokia 7900, designed by Frédérique Daubal
Pic #4: the phone itself (the etchings are gorgeous)

Image sources: http://www.daubal.com/# and email attachments sent to me.

11 comments:

Suzanna Mars said...

I was the last person in America to get a phone, and when I did I had to get a pink one because they were out of black.

However, this Nokia campaign excites me enough that I might drop my pink phone down the toilet and flush.

The price is the opposite of exciting, though.

Blue Floppy Hat said...

I don't really know anything about standard prices for mobile phones in other countries, so I just did an approximate conversion into rupees in my head...this one's a limited edition, so maybe that's part of the reason behind the price hike.

The Clothes Horse said...

What a great collaberation. It almost makes me care about the phone I'm carrying...

headmistress said...

so gorgeous! Although I have to take functionality over design, so I don't know how this will compare with others... Plus need to see it in my paws. I rememberwhen the KRZR came out - it looked so shiny and lovely, but felt a little like a cheap toy in the flesh.
still, I'm looking forward to the end of my existing contract with this one of the horizon!

WendyB said...

Technology is no friend of mine.

Yohan said...

Yes, Nokia is definitely light years ahead of everyone else. Sadly, in the US Motorola dominates, and the cellular services offer crappy LG and Samsung phones as the only cheap options. The 1100 would have been fine for me.

susie_bubble said...

Wow... it seems this campaign has been heavy with the blogger-targeting.... seen this around everywhere! I'm excited to see the phone in person though to see if it lives up to the images....

Blue Floppy Hat said...

I think emails were sent out to a lot of blogs indeed, but it wouldn't have been featured here if I hadn't had a previous (and positive) history with Nokia phones, or if it had turned out to be unavailable in Asia. I'd like to see this one in real life too..

Elisabeth said...

Any phone in my possession is likley to either be dropped down a flight of concrete stairs, dropped in the bath or left on a mode of public transport.

enc said...

It's beautiful. Much better-looking than my BORing Blackberry Pearl, which I hide in a silicone case to protect it from . . . being dropped on the floor.

riz said...

Ahh Wendyb, I am a fan of the interface of fashion and tech, but I'm kind of a luddite...

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