Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Carnival #271

This week's Carnival of the Mobilists is hosted by Mobi Thinking. This seems timely to me, as this week is the seedy carnival in my hometown (where I got the photo used above). Sending the kids off to it also gave me spare time to get some work done.

Like the entry of mine included with this week's Carnival. If you somehow don't know, the Carnival is a weekly collection of the Web’s best writing on mobile and wireless, hosted, collected, and curated by a different site each week.

Very much proving the point about curation, my post is deeply integrated into a section with other links, about the larger topic of handset design.

Handset innovation - to iPhone wannabe or not to wannabe… that is the question

Manufacturers who innovate with mobile handset design and do not churn out iPhone imitations should be praised, not criticized, says mobile design guru Steven Hoober, in The iPhone is not the best phone that will ever be. In a tactful and well-argued piece, he points out how the ergonomics of the iPhone and its clones and could be improved. All rival manufacturers should read this, then revisit the designs they shelved in favor of wannabe iPhones.
One of the posts that provoked Hoober was The Samsung Galaxy S III: The First Smartphone Designed Entirely By Lawyers by Ron Amadeo on the Android Police blog, who believes that the Samsung Galaxy SIII (launched earlier this month to great razzmatazz) is ugly and that this is due to Samsung’s fear of litigious Apple. At the other end of the spectrum, there’s Leigh Geary of the CoolSmartPhone blog, who returned from the SIII launch to pen Samsung Galaxy SIII – The next big thing?

The Carnival is the product of individuals sorting through submissions and using their own brains to decide what is important and how they all relate to each other.

It's not some bot-generated list, but that also means it needs people to do this work. If you want to host the Carnival on your (or your company's) blog, drop a line to Peggy Anne Salz about it. Hint: it brings a pretty good amount of traffic also.

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