In an outrageously self-indulgent feature, I’m going to take a look at various stuff that I used to really want, but that now leaves me feeling a tad deflated. To give you some context, I was in the mood for some impulse buying yesterday afternoon and couldn’t find a bloody thing.
The problem is largely that most of the phones and tablets we write about aren’t actually out yet. As Martin asked: Why are we waiting? But, perhaps more depressingly, a lot of the devices that used to get me hot and bothered just don’t do it for me any more. If they’d come out soon after they’d been revealed, there’s a good chance I would’ve succumbed to my spending needs. But now… not so much.
I suppose, on the plus side, I get to save a bunch of money. But who wants to be sensible?
Here, in no particular order, is a horde of goodies that leaves me feeling a bit meh. Having said that, if someone – perhaps a lovely senior editor – fancies buying me a present for Easter, I wouldn’t turn my nose up at these.
When the HTC Flyer was first revealed at Mobile World Congress, it was one of the few devices that got me genuinely excited. That excitement was probably exacerbated by the fact that we weren’t actually allowed to touch the HTC Flyer. Instead, an HTC rep stood holding the tablet inches from our grinning faces. It took every ounce of my being not to kick him in the nuts, grab the tablet, and run off as fast as my lanky legs would carry me.
So, why did the HTC Flyer take my fancy initially? Well, I’m not a huge fan of tablets, largely because of the size. They’re just too bloody big and cumbersome. The HTC Flyer, though, has a 7in screen, specifically designed to make it comfortable to hold in one hand. Insert: joke about the other hand. Ahem.
Also, HTC seems to have a bizarre hold over me at the moment. I just want their stuff for some reason. I picked up a catalogue at MWC featuring their arsenal of phones, old and new, and instantly drooled all over it. I’m an idiot, I know.
Fast forward a few weeks and I’d still really like an HTC Flyer, but yesterday we found out that it’ll be priced somewhere in the region of £600. Considering the HTC Flyer is 32GB and the 64GB iPad 2 will only cost an extra £80 or so, I really can’t justify spending that amount on the former. Bah.
LG Optimus 2X
The LG Optimus 2X was the first dual-core smartphone to be shown off. Back in December. On the spec front it looks pretty awesome, and offers an incredibly smooth Android experience. Little things like going from portrait to landscape and flicking through menus are impressively slick.
The second factor fuelling the fire of desire is actually is bit silly. I. Hate. 3D. It’s rubbish! It’s rubbish in films, it’s rubbish on TV, and it’s rubbish on phones. On some bizarre level, I almost feel like I’d be protesting against the LG Optimus 3D by picking up the LG Optimus 2X instead. “Take that LG! Enjoy your £500, mwahaha.” Yep, I am definitely an idiot.
We were distracted by 3D nonsense at MWC, so we didn’t spend a great deal of time playing with the LG Optimus 2X. But, having done a little more research, it seems that it’ll come packed with bloatware, and reportedly has flaky Wi-Fi. Sonofa…
Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
I’m a huge computer game geek, so the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play was always going to be high on my want list. Unless, of course, it turned out to be absolutely crap. Which it hasn’t.
The PlayStation phone will probably be quite successful. There’ll be 50 titles in the PlayStation Suite at launch, as well as all the usual Android Market stuff, and it comes with six games pre-loaded. Sony Ericsson is also quite keen to get some exclusives in the bag, possibly from Gameloft, so it’s looking pretty strong in the software department.
On the performance side, it packs an Adreno 205 GPU and zips along at 60 frames per second. The slide-out controls are great, definitely a gajillion times better than obscuring the screen with your giant fingers.
So why don’t I want the PlayStation Phone? Well, it’s largely the price again. Expansys currently estimates £520, which makes it more expensive than the LG Optimus 2X, and almost as much as the Samsung Galaxy S II. If I’m going to spend that much on a phone, I think I’d rather pick up some dual-core goodness.
I feel a little guilty now, 800 words later, bemoaning the fact that I can’t decide what to buy. Boo hoo. I’m off to watch the news and remind myself that there are far more important things going on in the world.