Design fantasy: If Sony Ericsson made an ultra-mobile PC...
So I really really liked the way Sony Ericsson cut its new handset, the T700
. It resembles high-end portable gadgets from the 70s and 80s, like Philips' pocket voice recorders and Sony's own more expensive walkmans, but without being precious or silly about it. Commenter Clay places it as Gibson-like: "An Ono-Sendai would totally have buttons like that."
Since the same era, I've wanted a handheld computer – I think that might be my generation's flying car – so here's my fancy for a Sony Ericcsson UMPC or MID. I'd keep it simple, with modest specs, a tailored OS, day-long battery life, a capable word processor, a decent camera, 3G internet, plentiful storage and a damn good browser. Too much to ask?
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