Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Mar 2014 20:42 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

Out of the millions of things Samsung throws at a wall each year to see what sticks, they seem to have picked the fake leather on devices. The most recent victim? A Windows 8 laptop - the ATIV Book 9 'Style'. This thing joins the phones, tablets, and ChromeBooks Samsung has already tacked the fake leather onto.

Genuine question: is there anyone in the audience here who likes this look? If so, why?

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Wrong priorities
by xminusone on Sat 8th Mar 2014 22:54 UTC
xminusone
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2012-05-15

I dunno, do all of you REALLY spend that much time just staring at the housing of your gadgets/devices?

I just look to see how durable it is. I mean, if it's horribly ugly--or anything designed by the "Smell us!" Apple crew--then it simply won't do.

This Samsung thing is innocuous with a slight dollop of bad taste. If you think bad taste in product design is ever going to go away, well, no, it's not.

Don't get distracted by design to the point where superior function goes by the wayside.

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RE: Wrong priorities
by p13. on Sat 8th Mar 2014 23:01 in reply to "Wrong priorities"
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2005-07-10

I think both functionality and aesthetics are important.

If you want to spend money on an ugly pleather laptop, fine. No one is stopping you.
Personally, i don't feel like buying something that i don't find attractive.

Let's put it this way.

I find a big old thinkpad with it's black featureless design to be beautiful. I find a mbp to be beautiful. Both are very different, but very nice in it's own way.

This thing just tries to be different for the sake of being different. It tries too hard. It's yelling "look at me". I don't like it ... so i won't buy it.

Edited 2014-03-08 23:04 UTC

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RE: Wrong priorities
by kwan_e on Sun 9th Mar 2014 00:57 in reply to "Wrong priorities"
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2007-02-18

I think this just shows the lie that people supposedly always make informed and reasonable choices and are not affected by mood etc when making purchasing decisions.

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RE[2]: Wrong priorities
by tupp on Sun 9th Mar 2014 23:40 in reply to "RE: Wrong priorities"
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2006-11-12

I think this just shows the lie that people supposedly always make informed and reasonable choices and are not affected by mood etc when making purchasing decisions.

Hence, Apple's success in the last decade.

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RE: Wrong priorities
by Soulbender on Sun 9th Mar 2014 06:52 in reply to "Wrong priorities"
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2005-08-18

Don't get distracted by design to the point where superior function goes by the wayside.


Sure sure, but lets say two devices are functionally equal but one is aesthetically appealing to you while the other isn't. You'd pick the first, every time. I guarantee it.

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RE[2]: Wrong priorities
by WorknMan on Sun 9th Mar 2014 08:33 in reply to "RE: Wrong priorities"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Don't get distracted by design to the point where superior function goes by the wayside.


Sure sure, but lets say two devices are functionally equal but one is aesthetically appealing to you while the other isn't. You'd pick the first, every time. I guarantee it.


Perhaps, but I just bought a Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, and if I had sat down and made a list of the top 25 things that were important to me in a device like this (or a phone for that matter), I don't think aesthetics/cosmetics would've made the list. I just really don't give two shits about what these things look like. In terms of the feel of the 'faux leather' back, I find it a HELL of a lot better than the cold, aluminum backs of the various iPads I have held. I don't think I'm going to have any issues with durability, and although I guess I don't like the faux leather as much as the 'rubbery' texture of my old 2012 Nexus 7, I don't really have any complaints about how this thing is built. Well, I wish it were a little smaller so I could grip it easier with one hand, but that doesn't have anything to do with build quality.

Another commenter said that aesthetics are important, but I'm still not convinced. Even as far back as Mac users referring to PCs as 'beige boxes', it puzzled and confused me why ANYONE would care about what their desktops looked like, and it still does. And now this idiocy has transferred over to tablets and phones, to where the VERY FIRST THING people care about is what the f**king thing looks like. Somebody needs to write an article or essay and explain to the rest of us why, if it doesn't have titties, how the 'sex appeal' of something should affect our purchasing decision.

In short, I don't get this obsession over looks. As you said, if ALL other things were equal, then sure. But I haven't ran into a case where that happened yet. There are ALWAYS more important considerations than looks.

Edited 2014-03-09 08:34 UTC

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