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Alienware Planning Android iPhone Killer? 152

meteorit found a story about rumors of an Alienware phone based on Google's Android phone OS. As Dell has a history of bombing with handhelds, it would be interesting to try the Alienware brand instead. And I'm not exactly sure where they get off claiming that their drawings are the first pictures of the thing. Cheesy renderings designed explicitly for your website are not quite pictures of a product... they are artists impressions.
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Alienware Planning Android iPhone Killer?

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  • by Tony Hoyle ( 11698 ) <> on Saturday February 16, 2008 @11:17AM (#22445438) Homepage
    It could become so though.

    The ipod wasn't the mp3 player to beat for years... at the beginning it was OSX only, then it got windows compatibility but was still a hideously expensive geek toy. That's about where the iphone is now. Look what happened - It got colour, it got video, the design was refined, it got more capacity, then followed the ipod mini(? forgot its title), nano, etc. all came out, the price plummeted then everyone got one.

    Following the same track - get 3G, more capacity, decent camera, maybe an iphone nano on PAYT for half the price, etc. and it'll take off. Apple know how to make a phone UI (compared to Symbian, which is a bit of a trainwreck, it's not got a lot of competition on that front). Might take a few years... but it's not beyond possbility.
  • Bleah (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Quiet_Desperation ( 858215 ) on Saturday February 16, 2008 @11:50AM (#22445634)
    So nearly half of its structure is junky looking "futuristic" plastic just for looks?

    If they got rid of hat and just put the keyboard there, they wouldn't need a failure prone moving slider part.

  • Re:Proof? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by usrusr ( 654450 ) on Saturday February 16, 2008 @12:57PM (#22446066) Homepage Journal
    Alienware couldn't, but Dell could. And besides, they could do exactly the same thing with phones they do with cheap computer cases, china has plenty of noname gadgets makers that can supply "phone blanks". It still does not matter at all, because Alienware as a brand does not really exist outside of the basements of a few rich parents. In comparison to Alienware, Apple is mainstream. And in the market of mobile phones, even Apple is still midget, despite of the biggest hype ever made around a piece of electronics and even a few serious technical merits.
  • Re:iPhone killer? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Skruggs ( 838610 ) on Saturday February 16, 2008 @02:36PM (#22446634)
    I couldn't disagree more... I see iPhones EVERYWHERE and given the amount of talking people do about them, I think it's fair to say it's the ONLY thing people currently compare against. Palm? Dead. RIM? Alive but really a totally different market. Symbian? Boring. Windows Mobile? DOA. The proof to me was last week on an airplane to California. In a row of 5 seats, 4 of the row occupants had iPhones out during the flight (including me)

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"