Another special Pearl-related article today, this time from our man with a plan: Thought. This time he talks about Pearl design and Steve Jobs during the 80′s (no, really) after he got some hands-on time with the device while talking to a T-Mobile rep.
The Pearl is more than a utilitarian device; it is one meant to compete in the world of emotions and imagination. Therefore, it must not only be analyzed, but reacted to; what follows are my first reactions to experiencing the Pearl.
When an individual sees and holds the Pearl for the first time that person will be immediately impressed; the connection will be made. Products often live or die based on this very moment.
Tom Peters once famously remarked that â€œDesign is the principal difference between love and hate.â€ If thatâ€™s true, the Pearl is sure to inspire much love.
The design is absolutely fantastic. The lines are clean; the look is smart, classy and uncomplicated. The size of the unit is a breakthrough; the Pearl is a smartphone that masquerades in the size of a small conventional cell phone.
The Pearl is everything that the Q was hyped to be: a smartphone with cutting-edge design that is far easier and more fun to carry around than any other on the market.
The trackball seems to combine simplicity with utility; the comparison Iâ€™ve heard most non-technical types use is that itâ€™s like a computer mouse. Thatâ€™s a good sign. Operation of the phone is intuitive and zippy.
In conclusion, the Pearl strikes me as the iPod of smartphones. Like the iPod, the Pearl epitomizes the virtues of great design, ease of use, responsive operation, and a decided feeling of quality. I will borrow a phrase from Steve Jobs and his landmark 1984 presentation introducing the Macintosh and say, that at least at first impression, that the Pearl is â€œinsanely great.â€