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What Smartphone Makers Need To Do In 2014
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SteveG950
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1/3/2014 | 3:22:50 PM
Sorry, don't agree at all.
I read articles like this and I wonder what is going on.  It sounds a lot like change for the sake of change and who needs all this in a phone. Most of us have tablets and some even portables or desktops we use at home.   I don't need a curved phone or even a larger phone that I cannot get into a pocket. I have an iPhone 5. It's a great size, nearly indestructible, and exceptionally sharp and easy to use.  I am hoping, and others that I know are hoping, that Apple does not succumb to the media hype about making the iPhone larger. I think sales tell us that many like its size. It fits places. For larger I have an iPad. I could even buy an iPad mini.   I search the web on it, I use the kindle reader and I say "Navigate to" and it takes me there. I can even use it as a backup marine navigation device.

 I think the majority of phone improvements can come in software to include, but not limited to,   better navigation, better voice recognition and refinements in the user interface.  Perhaps a mini USB in the phone as well as the tablet would be nice as well.  There is still room for improved tablet, phone, and Computer (meaning OSX and Windows) integration. I changed from Android to Apple a while back and I am loving the App, bookmark and photo synchronization between devices. However, it still needs to be better.

When I get down to serious  work, it's great to go upstairs and use my Mac Air connected to a USB dock with Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and revel in an operating system that supports multiple windows on my Thunderbolt 27" monitor. As an aside, this is another reason Widows 8 is failing. Who wants a phone operating system on a machine with a keyboard, mouse and 27" monitor?  . Full screen apps are like going backwards in time.  This is also why Windows 8 cannot crack the corporate environment. One device or one operating system for all is not the best solution for a larger percentage of the user base.

I think the media is so techy that they have totally spaced out a lot of us. Hardware manufacturers want to sell hardware so it is there advantage to change things that may not need change to sell new hardware. Phones have evolved at lightning speed and it is natural for change to become more incremental at some point.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/2/2014 | 4:58:17 PM
I'd love a dual screen
Put an e-reader, preferably paperwhite, on one side and the conventional phone on the other. Beef up the battery and *maybe* I'll trade in my HTC One.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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1/2/2014 | 1:41:14 AM
Re: 3d printing
I have the same concern here. Although the mobile watch, etc. sounds really cool, the curve LCD is still a problem. The technology advancement is really amazing in the past few years but is the soft LCD display really robust enough? After bending, can it perform as usual? How about the durability? There are a lot of questions to be answered before we can put in a plug for it.
jgherbert
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jgherbert,
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12/30/2013 | 4:24:40 PM
Re: 3d printing
@J_Brandt: "I think the traditional phone may dissolve into multiple parts.  The traditional rectangle, but augmented by and connected to a watch and/or glasses"

 

Well, I agree that this is the most logical step for the products to take, and we know that integration with watches, at least, is a hot topic for manufacturers right now. Sadly, from the things we've seen over the last year, it seems that flexible screens and curved screens are likely to appear, perhaps as more of a fashion statement than an actual technical need. Right now I'm struggling to think of what's actually wrong with my current rectangular phone, and how curves or flexing would fix that without introducing other problems at the same time.
J_Brandt
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J_Brandt,
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12/30/2013 | 12:21:49 PM
Re: 3d printing
I think the traditional phone may dissolve into multiple parts.  The traditional rectangle, but augmented by and connected to a watch and/or glasses.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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12/29/2013 | 11:51:56 AM
Re: 3d printing
The idea that the smartphone is just a rectangular sqaure needs to be upended.

Sure, this form factor has worked well over the past few years. But innovation must take hold and give consumers something new. I like the idea of curved and modular phones, and I think that there is a big market for things like this. At least early adopters can get the ball rolling. 
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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12/28/2013 | 10:37:51 PM
Re: I'm not so sure....
Thank you, Moonwatcher, for having the courage to say it. The basic design doesn't need to change. We shouldn't have to spend upwards of $1,000 a year on our communications "needs." We want it to stay familiar, just like the landline handset, so If we need to make a 911 call, we can do it evn if we super-stressed or even paniky. I don't own a smartphone either, even though I fairly live on the internet while I'm at home. I'm only going to buy one because: one of my bosses says I need to, there's a great free app available in my city thatsays when the bus is coming, and I want to know where I can find my friends on weekend nights. Even that will set me back $35/month - well, really only about $27 or $27 because I'll ditch my cheapie cell phone plan.
shamika
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shamika,
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12/28/2013 | 9:01:30 PM
Re: 3d printing
Further bridging the gap between, Virtual and Physical is also another good concept where the mobile developer can pay more attention.
shamika
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shamika,
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12/28/2013 | 9:00:41 PM
Re: 3d printing
Well this is interesting. I think it is also important to look in to the speed with integrated RAM which will result in bidding farewell.
wht
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wht,
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12/28/2013 | 3:54:25 PM
Re: 3d printing
Interesting idea.  However, I would not be willing to pay for the technology required on the phone or for the 3D printer.  My phone and carrier costs are already ridiculous for what benefit I get from them.  If my family didn't insist I have a cell phone with me at all times, I wouldn't have one or maybe use a prepaid cheapie phone just to make emergency calls.  My cell and Internet charges are more than I spend annually on vacations to the beach, which are far more rewarding and enjoyable.
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