A case study in why features != usability


I don't know how I ended up at this review site, but I was less surprised by the fact the unit they were discussing was so shamelessly ripping off the iPod (right down to the headphones), but rather the reviewer actually liked it. Were they wearing those beer glasses Bart Simpson tried on?

The T-Pod neo is the mix of iPod nano and MPio HD400, but it may be better than both of them. T-Pod neo features a 1.5-inch LCD screen, MP3/WMA Music playback and MTV/AMX Video playback and there are 1GB and 2GB models.

I suppose it goes to show some people can simply be won over with feature lists instead of usability, creativity and industrial design. Come to think of it, that explains a substantial part of the tech industry; for example how could a CNET writer honestly write that this device is reminiscent of the iPhone interface?

As for the specific assertion the T-Pod is better than the iPod: perhaps we're at an unfair advantage with hindsight, but I don't think it surprises any of us that it didn't really get anywhere, even if it does sound vaguely like the A-Team would be blasting tunes from it.

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