By Chuong Nguyen | July 16, 2008 3:32 PM
With the speculation on whether or not Google will release its own branded “GPhone” based on the open-source operating system that it had released called Android, Gizmodo is showing a possible prototype for the rumored GPhone that is designed by the Ammunition Design Group. Regardless of whether the rumors are true, the design should be inspected closer as perhaps a model for other manufacturers.
The phone has a very clean industrial design. Rather than outfitting the phone with a number of buttons, the design team used a rotary dial, like those found on many digital and film cameras to select between different functions and modes. As seen from the picture below, you can rotate the dial to select music to bring up the music player or rotate it to camera to engage the camera.
I think this is a clever and intuitive way to control the phone without reinventing the wheel. Would you want to see something like this on a Windows Mobile smartphone? One thing that stands out is that extra hardware buttons on Windows Mobile phones to launch applications make it easier for the end-user, but also clutter the device.