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CES 2015: Lack Of Killer Phones Sets Up MWC

With few new devices on display at CES, the major phone makers face increasing pressure to deliver at Mobile World Congress in March.

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progman2000
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1/9/2015 | 2:28:10 PM
Interesting about Samsung...
I'm due to go new-phone hunting soon.  I currently use the Galaxy Note II, this has me wondering now what I should do - hold out for the Galaxy S6, or grab the last generation that will probably see a significant price decline.  What to do...
danielcawrey
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1/9/2015 | 2:43:34 PM
Re: Interesting about Samsung...
I think there is space for a number of different smartphone makers, both large and small. It takes the smaller players to come out with interesting innovative features, and the big guys spend a ton of money creating blockbuster technology. I would rather see more competitors than fewer ones, that is for sure. 
lacertosus
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1/9/2015 | 3:28:33 PM
Re: Interesting about Samsung...
You might also want to consider other phones that are comprable with highend phones, in lots of cases they exceed them in specs, such as The One Plus or Blue. You get more for 1/2 the price. 

 
lacertosus
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1/9/2015 | 3:38:45 PM
Re: Interesting about Samsung...
Also, would like to see these companies focus less on phones and pay more attention to batteries. The next breakthrough phone will be the one with the most innovative battery which we have yet to see. 

 
tjgkg
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1/9/2015 | 3:41:14 PM
Wearables
I think the focus of companies this year has been in wearable devices not smartphones. THey are clearly trying to market those devices as the next big thing although they have been slow to catch on.  There really hasn't been that much innovation in smartphones-including the iPhone in a while. No gotta have items for quite some time. And those that have top line phones don't use most of the features. I think a lot of companies are waiting to see how the Apple watch turns out.
tjgkg
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1/9/2015 | 4:05:45 PM
Re: Interesting about Samsung...
While i agree with you that a battery that lasts much longer would be a great thing to have, i don't think it is the "sexy" feature that will push a phone over the top. Those features tend to be impractical while the more practical and useful features are expected to be standard!
tjgkg
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1/9/2015 | 4:09:17 PM
Re: Interesting about Samsung...
But now smartphones are a style trend too. I have seen an alarming amount of 8th graders with iPhones that mom and dad bought them. And for what? To text or go on FB? THere are many other cheaper phones that do those things, but these kids have peer pressure so they have to get these phones even though it is a waste of money.
tjgkg
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1/9/2015 | 4:14:40 PM
Re: Interesting about Samsung...
I'm due for a new phone this summer as well. Currently i have the S4 which was the hot item when i got it but now is passe. It works very well but not as fast as others. I hope the S6 is feature rich. The latest iPhone is very nice but aside from being larger I do not see a great benefit to it that justifies the premium price.
Ariella
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1/9/2015 | 4:15:00 PM
Re: Interesting about Samsung...
<have seen an alarming amount of 8th graders with iPhones that mom and dad bought them. And for what? To text or go on FB? >

@tjgkg that's just what my own 8th grader has been saying, that her classmates get these phones. As it is, I think she spends too much time with a screen -- her iPod. I don't feel a need to get her addicted to a phone, as well.
Ariella
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1/9/2015 | 4:16:32 PM
Re: Interesting about Samsung...
@lacertosus Yes, I'd love to get something that doesn't need to be plugged in to reacharge every couple of days or so. It would be really great to be able to harness solar power for that.
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