The iPod phone: an exercise in make-believe

If you like dressing-up – it’s OK, we’re not passing judgement - and still get a thrill from playing make-believe, we’ve got a little treat for you: t

If you like dressing-up – it’s OK, we’re not passing judgement - and still get a thrill from playing make-believe, we’ve got a little treat for you: the iTalk phone.

The phone, designed by Greg Desantis, features in a conceptual ad directed by Christopher Desantis. The ad [video here] sees the phone frolicking about in mid air like a space shuttle.

It looks great. The front, bearing an Apple logo, opens like double doors which fold back 360 degrees to reveal, on one side, a camera and an enormous LCD and, on the other, a click wheel and a touch screen interface showing iTunes.

The iTalk is a nice idea, if guilty of consuming a little too much pie in the sky - it’s purely fictional and isn’t, sadly, a new leaf on Apple’s tree.

And it’s also a bleak reminder that the reality of iTunes friendly phones is pretty dismal. The Motorola Rokr E2 is, frankly, rubbish, and the Motorola V3i is, albeit nicer, still not as good as an iPod phone could or should be.

If the cold, stark light of reality is a little too much to contend with, slip back into fantasy land and cop a peek at the iTalk here.