Here is what I found today. I came to the Rogers website to see what’s new with my wireless provider. The first thing I noticed was a large banner that read: “The Revolution is coming. June 2nd”. What got me intrigued was the picture of an HTC cellphone with its keyboard slid out and the display showing Google’s home page.
Now I need to explain why it caught my eye. I have been wondering for years why cellphone manufacturers can’t get it: the layout with a slide-out keyboard and a horizontal screen that takes up as much of the surface as possible is the most efficient design that makes the best use of the limited real estate of the device! This design makes it the closest to the idea of a microcomputer given the dimensions. Why is this so difficult to understand? Why there are so few models like this in the market? Why isn’t everyone making these types of cellphones?
If you by any chance know the answer, please let me know.
Anyway, back to the business. So I click the banner and land on the page that I am pretty sure is going to explain what kind of revolution is coming and what we should expect on June 2nd. Well, not so much luck with Rogers. All I got was pretty much the same banner image with some cheesy graphic effects sprinkled over it, and a button that invited me to join the Revolution. When clicked, it asked for my email so I could stay in the loop as to how the Revolution was coming along.
What revolution, for Heaven’s sake?!
How am I supposed to know what it’s all about, you @#$%@%$ at Rogers? Do you ever test your own banners? Have you ever seen the page the banner leads to? If you happen to come across this post, I’ll save you the effort — here is your landing page:
Check it out for yourself on the Rogers website
I had to go someplace else (thank Google!) to find out what was happening. It turns out, we Canadians are about to get our hands on the HTC Dream and HTC Magic, the first Android-based mobile models to hit the Canadian market: Canada Getting HTC Dream and Magic on Rogers! (thanks, Rob Jackson).
Was it so difficult to put a couple of lines explaining this on the Revolution page? Shame on you, Rogers people.