What does it say when something is advertised as “beautiful to use?” Spooling out the standard cynical thread would be to assume that Nokia’s new 6600 and 3600 are simply hideous, its makers so dry-mouthed with panic that reverse psychology must be deployed to sell them.
But they are not ugly, even if they do offer specifications that could be produced by a Select Committee on Determining the Specifications for the World’s Most Banal Cellphone. (Lord McSnorry’s report: 3G, 2mp camera, 2.1″ display, slider keypads with a clamshell options, made of plastic, swooping curved proportions, offered in an odd color but available in black.)
In what possible manner could something like a phone be beautiful other than in its design or use-functionality? Is it beautiful to animals? Beautiful to skip on scenic lakes? Beautiful to devour with Worcestershire sauce?
Press Release [Nokia]