Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Dave00, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. Dave00 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2003
    I'm not sure I get this.
    is supposed to be an iPhone competitor. But some genius decides the click wheel should be at the TOP of the phone. How on earth do you see the screen when your palm is over it? Am I missing something, or is this exceptionally poor design?

  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    It is Bang & Olufsen design, quirky but quirky.

    It follows Serene, which was also quirky.

    I can't imagine anyone actually buying either phone. I suppose B&O executives already use the Serene but few others do most likely. I seem to remember someone on MR mentioning that they had one.
  3. shrewsburywolf macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2007
    It does seem a bizarre design, even in some of the photos on the official website it looks very awkward to navigate.
  4. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Dang, that thing is ugly. Looks like an old travel alarm clock I used to have...
  5. Dave00 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2003
    It's one thing to be ugly - people do have different tastes - but to have a user interface that is so bad as to impair your view of the screen while using the scroll wheel, wow. It's like they said, let's put the screen at the bottom because everyone else has it at the top, without thinking about why it's at the top. And it glows different colors when you're using phone versus music - big whoop, I mean i really had trouble telling before which I was using.

    Of course, Apple has to keep taking the touch screen to the next level to stay one step ahead. The most exciting thing about playing with the iPhone was the obvious potential for things that weren't yet features. You could easily see how the multi-touch could be used to rotate and otherwise manipulate photos...

  6. gceo macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2007
    San Diego, CA
    Wow.... Is it just me, or does everyone think they'll sell at least 2-3 dozen of those before they pull the plug.

    PS- worst website ever. they tried to do the 'apple reflection' thing, and failed so bad.....
  7. xploit macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007

    I had a Serene and I sold it the day of the iphone launch for $650.00. I really liked the phone it had a motorized open and close mech and the camera took beautiful pictures. The only reason I was unsatisfied was that it was completely a nightmare to text on it. Otherwise I loved it. It was definitely a conversational piece and the ringtones and indicators worked much better than iphone but for me this was the first time practicality over ruled design. A products exoticness and exclusivity has always appealed to me and while the iphone is an amazing phone and im happy to be using one it will be so common place in the coming years that i may be put off. I know that sounds shallow but I really enjoy being a little different than everyone else. That said, it would take one hell of a product to get me out of the iphone!

  8. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    Might as well post a bit of info about this. I've now used one and it's pretty impressive.

    I'm not too convinced about the phone side of things. The Serene was an absolute joy to use as a phone, it seemed so well thought out and simple/clean. Everything just worked.

    The Serenata doesn't seem as simple when it comes to just ringing someone as the Serene. The loss of any form of numpad makes it a bit of a nightmare dialing in numbers, and even more of a nightmare texting. No camera either which is bit of a bummer.

    The MP3 player side of though, is really really incredible. I'm not sure what I'd compare it to sonically, but the internal speakers are definitely better than any MacBook Pro speakers I've heard (which are pretty impressive considering their size). The Serenata's built in speakers really are, absolutely stunning for their size/a phone. When it comes to plugging in headphones, it's pretty impressive too. The sound quality is like no other MP3 player I've heard, really very very impressive.

    It also feels pretty solid and is the perfect shape to fit in your hand, and sits at the bottom of your pocket fantastically (others don't I've found). I can't say I found the wheel above the screen an issue, I kinda prefer it that way, feels more natural.

    Not sure about the price though :p

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