I have no recollection of this phone, and holding it in my hand today, my first reaction to it is: We’ve come a long, long way. I’m sure this phone had its place when it was announced, and having talked to Todd Haselton, our head of mobile, about it, people seemed to really dig what this phone had to offer. The battery is red! Todd told me. I can confirm that the battery is indeed red.
Beyond that, some key specs include a 3.7-inch 480×800 display, Android 2.1, a Snapdragon S1 chip, 1300mAh battery and an 8-megapixel camera. I say again: We’ve come a long way. I’m sure there are one or two of these phones kicking around in the wild, but, man, I can’t imagine having to use this device when we have handsets like the Nexus 6P and S6 Edge Plus.
But, hey, there was an optical trackball! So, that’s cool. You can’t harp on the device too hard; it was released all the way back in 2010, so I’m sure it was cutting edge for its day. But in the context of 2015, it seems shockingly ancient, like it was something your grandparents used when they were kids.
I guess it just further highlights how spoiled we are with the technology we have today.