Gadgets made to appeal to women often hit the mark, like the chicness of the sleek black exterior of the Armani phone and the innovative iPhone — aesthetic design is a main selling point, after all. I think pink gadgets are cute sometimes, and am glad that the industry caters to all tastes, but I have little patience for the short-sightedness that comes out of "what women want" think tanks — dare I ask if you remember the "ShePhone"?
That's why I was surprised when I saw on Gizmodo that Samsung, the makers of the fabulous Blackjack and aforementioned Armani phone, has created these "fashion phones," the SGH-L310, and the SGH-L320. Theses phones, which are set to become available in Russia next month and soon after in Europe (no info yet on if or when they'll come to the US), have some cool designs and feature "female applications" — which got me excited, hoping they may have hit on some great new things.
But I'm underwhelmed: The new applications are a shopping list, a calorie counter, and a perfume matcher. I'm not saying I'm completely disinterested in these things, but I can't help but feel stereotyped and a little insulted. Isn't there more to us than spending and bad body image, especially as geeks who buy these gadgets?
Tell me, if you were building a cell phone with the women who read this site in mind, what applications would you include for us?