It has been my observation that every time I went out with the HTC One X and took it out in public to use, it

Mobile Design, Colours, and Security

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HTC One X

It has been my observation that every time I went out with the HTC One X and took it out in public to use, it draws the attention of people. Its sleek lines, and the tasteful mix of black and white make it quite a looker. Often too, the looks it gets from guys on the street is similar to the way lions look at game. It often is scary. In contrast, the comparatively plain design and black slab that the Nokia 808 is hardly ever gets any serious stares.

This has got me thinking of the relationship between the design and colours of a mobile and security. If I understand a bit of security well, the first rule is to avoid drawing attention to yourself. As such, while the One X is great for pulling rank (yeah, right) in a board meeting, at a hangout of friends, or even at a bubbling party, out on the streets in the midst of strangers, it becomes a potential security issue.

You could get mugged for it.

Colour Blocking Comes To Mobile
If you have seen what both Nokia and HTC are churning out in the Windows Phone department, you will understand what I mean when I say that colour blocking has come to mobile. Okay; it isn’t exactly colour blocking, but do humour me a bit. The point is that those devices scream for attention like none other. That will likely make them serious security risks.

Imagine doing some shopping on Lagos Island, and while walking along, you pull out that bright yellow Nokia Lumia 920 or red Nokia 820 to take a call. People around you are bound to take notice of that peacock you’re holding to your ear.

How Do You Handle Your Attractive Mobile in Public?
In a discussion with a mobilist recently, he said he never pulls out his mobile in certain public settings. How about you?

If you own an attractive mobile device, like an iPhone 5, HTC One X, Nokia N9, or BlackBerry Porsche, how do you handle them in public? Do you get those looks? Do you get that feeling of mild apprehension that you are being watched? How do you deal with the potential security issue of carrying an attractive device?

Oh, and do you have your device insured? You know, just in case.

  1. if the concern is primarily about security, the same generall rule of common sense should apply.

    you should not drive a Range Rover Sport’s to a tough neighbourhood, wind down and come down to buy roasted corn by the roadside.

    neither should you pull out a N100k+ device in areas where the average Joe is barely getting three square meals to eat.

    it is simply unwise!

    Fact is, unless you are faking it, your social status should determine your orbital , where you mingle and who you roll with.

    I once scheduled a meeting with a guy in a particular Fast Food Joint. He declined, suggesting a more obscure branch of the same Fast Food Joint.

    When we later met in the Ikeja GRA Branch, he explained that he once got robbed at a Fast Food Joint in a prominent location, and since then, is careful where he socisluzes.

    He lost his cash, wristwatch, debit cards and two expensive smartphones in the stick_up.

  2. What’s worse is I find it hard to bring out my tablet especially in public transport; I get the occassional stares and eye-goggling but some people ask outright how much it costs! Though not unsafe in all sense of the word, I don’t enjoy the attention

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