Now This Is the Android Phone We Want: Naoto Fukasawa's INFOBAR A01
We're just entering our 2nd week of carrying around a Windows Phone 7 model after a 5 year sabbatical and it's notable how quickly and easily we've become comfortable using the tile-based GUI (more about this next week with a full review). But one thing we've noted after a week is wanting more control over customizing the tiles on our screen…much like this Japan-only Android handset, which appears to be the lovechild of Windows Phone 7 and Apple Widgets.
Japan's carrier KDDI au tapped the expertise of our favorite Japanese industrial designer, Naoto Fukasawa, to create a 3.7" qHD 960x540 pixel handset in conjunction with a GUI which they call, iida UI.
An 8 megapixel CMOS sensor camera for photos, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS inside, and available in four designer colour theme layout. But most notably a dazzling customizable tile-based user interface makes us hope domestic designers take note and "borrow" some of these ideas and offer a divergent path away from the overly masculine direction of Android devices offered thus far, because in likelihood, we'll never see the A01 here in the US.
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