Meh, replying to my own post. Found this:
The N97 was the phone I was thinking of although ALL of their Nxx devices were crap.
And there were so MANY of them! Why have 5 SKUs where 500 will do? Always doing the networks' bidding...
Yes, I have also discovered HTML formatting too - sorry about original post.
This is slightly off-topic but I'll post anyway.
I worry that our friends in Mountain View are starting to lose their grip on reality somewhat.
By this I mean that incidents of their senior staff saying or doing unusual things are getting more and more frequent. For example, this comment on medical -record privacy shows that Mr Page does not really understand that his Company's unquenchable thirst for information and data should indeed have limits.
Mr Schmidt's visit to North Korea, an attempt to ingratiate Google with NK's leadership so that when they decide to "open up" their Internet even a little, Google will be there to control most of it for them (come on, why the heck else would he go there? Peace envoy, FFS?)
Google Glass is another spent-too-much-time-in-the-Californian-sun moment. Google Glass does not scratch an itch, it's just daft and will probably die a swift death once they try to flog it elsewhere in the world.
Then at the I/O keynote all the talk about wanting to make great new things rather than being "negative" is just the usual peace and love BS that they spout whilst wanting to crush all their competitors (which is what they should be doing anyway).
I had a point but have forgotten it.
tl;dr - Google are starting to get on my nerves with useless new products and services, ever increasing creepiness, and smiling and whispering sweet nothings whilst they knife their competitors. Ahem.
Too many people are living the life that others expect of them, rather than the one they want.
Well said, sir. Well said. I for one deleted/suspended/hid my Facebook account for this reason. Never felt comfortable with it and have no regrets.
In every hierarchy the cream rises until it sours. -- Dr. Laurence J. Peter