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Samsung Releases Fashion Phones For Women

Samsung Releases Phones Just For...Us?

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?

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juicylove juicylove 9 years
i dont really care that its kind of stereotyping, those things are useful:P! how exactly does a perfume matchet work though? and i like the one on the left. i just looked up the shephone too.. its a joke right? now THAT is more offensive than a calorie counter.
StarbucksAddict9 StarbucksAddict9 9 years
I like the design of the one on the left but I doubt I would ever buy it because I would never use the software they are loading on it.
smoochiez smoochiez 9 years
it may seem very offensive, but i kind of get where they are coming from. Its a basic application that they figured all women would use. If they do not intend to offer more applications then, YEA i would be very upset at being stereotyped.
manga manga 9 years
wow. I think she shephone is pretty much the most offensive thing I've seen.
manga manga 9 years
that's very annoying and quite vaipd. however, I think I would like a shopping list thingie because I am forever making lists. Also, a PMS calender would be useful!
tototee tototee 9 years
Great phones for people with no taste... But to me their hideous! Allot of people in Europe will love them though! I can't think of anything on my phone that I'd want different to a man. I like all the ideas that wicked came up with.. but a guy could just as easily want/need them! Besides now I have my iPhone I can't look at any other phone...!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Yeah I don't really like being stereotyped in that way. Not every woman needs those things. I certainly don't need the perfume matcher. If they made a "man phone" would that include an aftershave matcher? And not every woman loves pink. That one really irks me. Slapping some pink paint on a phone (or anything for that matter) doesn't make me want it any more than the other color, and especially doesn't make me wanna pay more!
ehadams ehadams 9 years
Perfume matcher.. wtf
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
The left phone is beautiful, in an Art Deco sort of way. I just saw the "ShePhone"! BWAAAAHAHAHAHAA :ROTFL: Only a Japanese designer would make something like that, lol! They make the craziest things in Japan! o
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
i like the one on the left. the right one is hideous!
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
@kitkatherine: LOL! I wouldn't want mine to sniff me either! :)
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
i do like the one of the left, but i don't like how it's marketed. and what is a perfume matcher? i really don't want my cell phone to sniff me.
Taadie Taadie 9 years
A compartment for money and id, some sort of distress signal and maybe something that helps attach it to one stationary place inside any purse. I hate those belt clips and not every bag has a ton of separate compartments.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Wow, a calorie counter? That's a little insulting.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I like that girly one though!
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
I agree with you. I hate when they think all women just buy gadgets 'cause they are 'cute' or 'pretty'. If I was designing a cell for us, I would include: - some sort of planner (better than the standard calendar). Everyone needs one and not everyone requires a smart phone or PDA. - some sort of voice recording option where you could upload it to your computer. Sure - you can call yourself, ect., but why not just have a button to press to record? So many times I'm out and I remember I have to do something and want to quick jot it down. :) - for the geek moms, some kind of option for storing information about your child that is easily accessible when you go out shopping and could lose your child. Maybe I'm over-paranoid about this, but it would be nice to have the information on hand, snap a photo of your child that day and have it handy. When you're panicking over a lost child, having that info readily available is a life saver. :)
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