Re: Commodore PET: Nostalgia In An Android Phone
I've never touched a Commodore 64 in my life, but the name still evokes a certain sense of nostalgia for me. Just as you mention that timeless connection to technology, Dave, many programmers and game designers who I've been inspired by have said they grew up on and were inspired by the C64. It's influence is undeniable. My first thought about the phone's appearance was that it suitable matches the sleek lines and polished colors of other modern smartphones, which I considered good, but you're right; there's not really much to tie it to the commodore brand, either. I'm glad to hear they're offering the cream brown color, but a nice horizonstal rainbow pattern right along where the camera is might have been a nice addition without being too garish. The two together would add a lot.
Discussions of emulation often go into a legal grey area but, yes, it's worth mentioning there are plenty of games (particularly of the C64 era) that are completely legal to emulate today, without any special license. It's nice to see the PET phone makers going an extra mile to offer something more beyond that, but yes, hardware-wise, this is a function that's easily possible on any other phone available today. As an aside, having a phone called PET might be nostalgic to geeks of a different era for another reason - in the Megaman Battle Network series (which is itself almost 15 years old, aka pre-smartphone era), the characters carry around advanced PDA's called PETs (PErsonal Terminal). I never thought of it before today, but it's likely that in itself was a throwback to the Commodore PET. Thanks for sharing, Dave - I might have to order one!