Strange, can't quote the first paragraph.
Anyway, I know it's like this for a reason (or we hope, since they didn't change anything with the $2000 LCD-3). That's just the impression I get when I look at it. Functionality and found materials over stylistic design and sophistication.
I wold have to agree with you on the "sophisticated" part though for sure - sophisticated is the direct opposite of the LCD-2 industrial design. There is an abject lack of concern for sophistication in the industrial design as you rightly point out. I don't know how I managed to disagree with that.
I should't post before coffee kicks in