Behind the scenes look at the design of a poor product

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TechRadar has an interview with several of the design heads at Griffin, maker of generally quality Apple aftermarket accessories, made all the more fascinating as the product they use as a case study is the AirCurve, a powerless amplifier for the iPhone that is just awful. [via Core77]

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6 Responses to Behind the scenes look at the design of a poor product

  1. Clif Marsiglio says:

    My powermate ROCKED…hell, I’ve had two and they both disappeared with former employees.

    I still talk to one guy and he is using it as his video scroll / jog for Final Cut and it is working as well as the day he asked to ‘borrow’ it. At this point, he’s done enough work for me that I consider it a worthwhile investment…but I think I might have to grab a third.

    If Anonymous’s broke after two weeks, why wasn’t it returned? Most consumer electronics have at LEAST 30 days…

  2. milovoo says:

    Sure, they may have struck out with the AirCurve,
    but I LOVE my PowerMate as much as the day I bought it. I have never had a sturdier and more attractive device. I have recommended it to friends who have also loved it. So personally I would still cut them some slack for the occasional misses. (no I don’t work there, just a company I like)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I dunno, that person talking about the powermate may have been paid; mine was held onto its ‘base’ with what appeared to be a thin circle of elmer’s glue, and came off the base about two weeks after buying it.

  4. milovoo says:

    Nope, not paid (note the final parenthetical note)

    I actually have 2 of them and know several friends who own them and have NEVER seen a problem. Only two weeks you say? I agree with Clif, You should have gone for the warranty repair.

  5. Jason says:

    I have an iTrip that works wonders with my iPod. Griffin’s always made good stuff and, while it may suck as a dock, the AirCurve does do what it was originally intended to do, that is: Amplify the music without electricity. Even in the attached review the music was much more audible. I’d say mission accomplished.

  6. seaanemoneman says:

    Agreed with #2, the top element of the PowerMate is definitely attached only by a thin circle of what looks to be Elmer’s glue.

    That being said, it’s an awesome device, and if they can glue it, so can I.

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