But could (not necessarily) lead to device with less appeal to the core user group. Like brushed aluminium - looks nice, but I just don't want a device where I have to worry about possible scratches everwhere I want to put it on.Expanding that appeal can only help sales.
Ditto.I don't care about how the device looks, at all. I care about how strong the case is, and about the ergonomics of holding it. But how it looks, sorry, I really don't care about that.
Not if you are sacrificing performance for "appeal" That is style over substance. the problem is...most of this country is stupid people who DO prefer style over substance, but not me. You want to give up the 10 hour battery life? You want to give up the full Linux operating system? All in the name of "Sleekness" not me.See but people are just going oh well the aesthetics don't bother me so they should just leave it. However aesthetics matter to alot of people. Also you want people in the street seeing the device and wanting it. The Pandora as it stands only has a very small market appeal. Expanding that appeal can only help sales.
"Form follows function" and not the other way around is all that we want. Experience has shown that sleek design often introduces several downsides, so we get paranoid when someone suggests to change the design to make it more appealing for the mainstream-market. Because the mainstream market cares more about the looks and doesn't even notice the lack of functionality introduced by this.
If it can look cool without turning the screen into a mirror or making it uncomfortable to hold or reducing the size of the keyboard or introducing some other downside - fine, why not? If it must look like a brick so we can do all the things we want with it - fine, give us a brick and to hell with anyone who does not like it because it does not look cool/polished/glossy.
Not sure about the rest of you, but I rarely use my Pandora outside the privacy of my own home.