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Guess the Phone: Better In Concept Than In Practice

by Brandon Russell | September 7, 2013September 7, 2013 12:00 pm PST

This is the kind of device you hoped would do well—you wanted to love it—but it just didn’t quite live up to expectations. Perhaps it was a victim of circumstance: timing, specs, undeveloped concept, software, etc. The smartphone market at the time was still maturing, though this device was a vision deeply rooted in the past. It tried, in earnest, to answer a specific need by combining two distinct markets into one harmonious hybrid. But, in the end, it didn’t meet the needs of either side.

We have to give credit to this company for trying. As one of the bigger names in technology, the company had a lot to lose by taking such a risk on an unfamiliar concept. The reward wasn’t exactly iPhone-level hysteria, but it had its merits. When you think about it, this device kind of epitomizes this company’s success with mobile gadgets—good, but not great; never quite capable of reaching into the upper echelon.

Today, there’s still a passing interest in what this device had to offer, but it’s not exactly in the hearts and minds of the average consumer; it’s more of a tech geek fantasy, but even then the concept itself is outdone by dedicated devices. It’s not hard to understand what makes a device like this so interesting, but it’s also not difficult to understand why it was passed over by other, more superior smartphones in its day.

Last week’s Guess the Phone was the very recent Kyocera Hydro Elite.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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