Saturday, May 12, 2007

Motorola KRZR and my thoughts on...

About a month ago, I lost my cell phone - A black LG "Chocolate" phone. I got it when it first came out and I've had it for more than a year. Where did it go? It somehow slipped out of my pocket in a taxi on my way home from seeing my buddies.

So after about a month with a big, bulky, yellow! Casio phone that I digged out of my cousin's closet, I finally got a new phone - a black Motorola KRZR.

Having used that Casio phone, it's a huge upgrade in terms of how small it is and how it looks. Anyways, after many years of having used LG and other Korean made phones, this is my first taste of an American designed/engineered phone. Its material and finish is superb and I am quite happy with it.

But....

It doesn't seem to have as many functions or features as Korean made phones. For example, it doesn't have as much internal memory as other phones here in Korea as a lot of phones come with from 512MB to 1GB of internal memory. Even my lost LG Chocolate Phone had 512MB.

By the way, I think Asian companies have a tendency to throw just about anything they have in their hands to a product and hope people will like it even though many of them probably will never use them at all. As for the internal memory, I have never used any more than 40-50MB when I had the LG phone.

I think American companies like to concentrate their efforts on few features - features that they think people will use the most - and just take out anything else. It is easier on engineers, too, as they have few things to work on.

Why is there this subtle difference? It's probably due to the consumers. In my opinion, American consumers like things that are simple and easy to use (think iPod!), yet Asian cosumers like things that are just fully loaded (even though they'll probably use it once or twice!)

Which one do I like better? I like products that have an excellent fit and finish, look good, have more features for the same money all at the same time! Am I too sophisticated? Probably not... I am sure we all want such products!!

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