It’s impossible to hate butterflies. The delicate little creatures fly around, minding their own business, not hurting anyone. Whack one on a mobile, though, and it’s a whole different matter.
BenQ’s new member of the A Series range, the AL26, has been given a butterfly theme and targeted at ‘young, style-conscious women’. Perhaps we’re out of touch with women’s fashion but we doubt the style kudos achieved by owning one of these, especially with phones like the D&G Razr on the market.
BenQ better hope these ‘style-conscious’ women are completely gadget unconscious. For a start, the AL26’s features are less thrilling than a Keane gig, and the design is about as edgy as a beach ball. This slider doesn’t even have a camera or play MP3s. In fact, the most exciting feature BenQ can find to promote is its ease of use in making phone calls and sending texts. Cutting edge eh?
Apparently in both Eastern and Western cultures the butterfly is a symbol of evolving femininity. Well, when this phone hits the shops in September, it’ll also become a symbol of overwhelmingly flaccid girly mobiles.
On sale: September