Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The PlayStation phone, now leaked

Earlier this year, there was a slight buzz about Sony designing a PlayStation Phone. What more, there were a few predictions that it will run Android too. Well, the PlayStation Phone is now confirmed, although all the specs available may not be correct, we have photos.
Credit: Engadget
So, according to Engadget (who got the device), the photo may be sporting a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, which is even double of that found on the iPad, 1GB of ROM and probably a 3.7 to 4.1 inch screen. It will also have a 'Sony-custom-made' Android Marketplace too.

So, as you can see, it has the standard PlayStation buttons, with no analog sticks (which would be clumsy for a phone) and nothing new. But there is a (probably multitouch) trackpad in the middle.

Well, if you ask me, this phone looks UGLY! Yes, you read it right. Don't you think so too?

Well, to start with, the 'controller' part looks so unfinished. Even when you close it up, it looks really bad, with the four buttons below the screen. Well, we may not have the details yet (and maybe not the correct, final body here in the snaps too) but it looks nowhere as elegant as this mockup that I found on Kotaku:

Credit: Kotaku
Well, we have more than just the body to complain about. Compare this snap of the menu on this phone to the iPhone or the HTC Evo 4G (well, it runs Android too).

Well, what we see here is obviously not the final version of the navigation design (because if you see the options here, you probably won't be able to make head or tail of it, but I have a feeling that the final version could possibly have the interface that looks similar to this.

Credit: Engadget
I would hate to know that the menu on this thing will even vaguely look like this ugly black and blue thing here. Well, I've never owned a PSP, but I have seen its menu enough to say that this looks worse compared to that.

Here's my prediction: This phone won't sell a lot if it looks like this. The UI will surely be something different, but I'm feeling that the hardware won't change that much. If that happens, people won't buy it as much as the iPhone. Well, maybe we can compare it to the PSP, rather than the iPhone, because then it won't be an even comparison otherwise. If it turns out to be a hit, it will just be because of the great brand-name.