Shiny awards 2007: ASBO gadget – Samsung's K5 (with a bit of help from Sony Ericsson's Walkman phones)


On paper putting a powerful speakers in an MP3 player sounds like a great idea.

But just as camera phone makers inadvertently created the fave ASBO past-time of happy slapping, so the Samsung K5 along with the Sony Ericsson Walkman range of phones have been unwittingly responsible for the new phenomenon of ‘Bus Blasting.’

This is when normally peaceful buses are turned into discos on wheels as young tearaways push their K5/Walkman speakers to the max, much to the annoyance of all the other passengers.

So far on north London buses we have witnessed sound offs, fights, heated debates about the merits of white rappers, and, it has to be said, a wonderful loved up vibe on the 1.30am N73 night bus.

Besides as annoying as it might be inflicting your taste of in music on your fellow passengers we suspect that true ASBO collectors prefer Heelys skate shoes, after all those wheels are really handy for quick getaways.

Shiny awards results in full here

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