Mobilephone design: less is better

Since Apple introduced the iPhone, most of the manufacturers have discovered the beauty of simple lines. Whereas mobiles featured many buttons a 3 years ago there is now a race towards the minimum of hardkeys. iPhone has set the trend with its unbeatten one hardkey.

iPhone : one hard key

iPhone : one hard key

Let’s have a loo at a few devices of the HTC range. The TyTN 2 in 2007 featured 6 hardkeys and a navigation key. Following generation Diamond (2008) featured 4 keys and a navigation key, then the Diamond 2 (2009) just featured 4 keys and a zoom bar.

HTC devices: fewer and fewer hardkeys

HTC devices: fewer and fewer hardkeys

Toshiba’s range followed the same track, from the G900 in 2007 with its 9 hardkeys and a navigation key (!), the G810 (2008) with 6 keys and a nav key and the latest TG01 (2009) featuring only 2 hardkeys and a zoom bar.

Toshiba range evolution towards pure lines

Toshiba range evolution towards pure lines

Even Nokia’s device are getting simpler with fewer keys as the latest 5800 and N97.

Nokia touch screen devices

Nokia touch screen devices

Mobiles are going away of the calculator look they had not so long ago, and no one will complain!

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