The hardware is nothing special—black rectangle, tacky branded back, gloss, etc.
But this skinned version of Gingerbread eschews all the aesthetic horrors, the orgiastic widget-dom of MOTOBLUR and Sense. Prada (or whoever cooked it up on its behalf) actually brings something Android has never shown as an OS: taste. Rather than looking like a crate of Duplo blocks turned upside-down, the elegant monochrome theme is restrained, clean, and beautiful. It's coherent, as if someone thought the whole thing through. No visual tricks, no eye candy, no animated swirls and koi pond splashes. It's designed.
Sadly, it's trapped on a phone with crap specs tied to a fatuous marketing tie-in. The oil barons that will own this won't appreciate the rarity of its sophisticated menus. I only hope someone at LG realizes they have an Android phone skinned wonderfully, and let that proliferate like a million knockoff Prada bags.
Every Android phone should have this much thought put into the way its software looks. Every. Single. One. [Prada/LG Luxury HQ Palace]