WOF: What should be the next major development in smartphones?

By Jos ยท 38 replies
Jan 25, 2013
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  1. JimTG

    JimTG TS Rookie


    I had worked for the telephone company for a lot of years and remember hearing a presentation by the VP Engineering (during the '90s) about the future of cell phone technology. He said that cell phones would become much smaller and become like **** Tracy's wrist watch phone. At the time, cell phones were the size of a brick and about as heavy. Current cell/smart phones have surpassed his projections.

    I like the Mozilla Seabird model!
  2. t3chn0vamp

    t3chn0vamp TS Booster Posts: 128   +19

    +1 :D
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,033   +2,558

    I have no idea whether you're serious about this. If you are, you are so far off the chart naive and brainwashed, you scare me.

    The whole locked phone concept, is a clandestine reiteration of the telephone monopoly era.

    A,T, &T was broken up by the government, under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, and other companies were allowed to enter the business.

    Prior to that breakup, you weren't allowed to buy your telephone. A, T, & T jacked you up with an exorbitant monthly rental fee.

    Fast forward to now. How is it any different for a wireless carrier to force you into their phone, slam your bill with it's price, and mask whatever interest they're making on it, in the dark corners of your "contract"?

    I don't stare slack jawed at the TV in amazement and gratitude when they tell you you're going to get a free phone, and money back with a 2 year contract. They added those monies in, before they ever filmed the advertisement, then they subtract them when the ad runs.

    Now, if the telecoms had to compete for your business in an unlocked phone world, they would actually have to innovate more, rather than less, to keep you as a customer.

    As the the cost of the phone, it's like anything else in America, put it on a credit card. That way, you'd know what you were being charged for it, and the interest rate on it. After which, the telecoms would have to adjust their billing, (most likely downward), because then, the consumer would actually know how much they were paying for the services they use.

    Bad credit, no problem, Verizon and Comcast offer their own credit card, targeted at a 2 year pay off of the phone.

    The price of the phone is specified, the amount of interest is specified. Plus you can stay with the carrier if you choose after the phone. If you like their pricing and service, you'll stay. It seems to me like that would keep them "innovating", as well as honest

    So, I've lived through the telephone monopoly era, and sorry to inform you, you're a "hahahanoob" at it.

    (captaincranky and his silly comments, I know right).
  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,046   +680

    You're right, you don't. Stick to paying business for services, because you surely don't know how to run one.
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,033   +2,558

    This is the 3rd millennium, business need to be retaught this basic fact, "the customer is always right, and if he or she isn't, you have to treat them like they are anyway".

    Large businesses like Apple and Comcast, believe that they're entitled to the entirety of a person's "disposable income". I tend to think they're parasites, on the order of your run of the mill flea, tick, leech, or oil sheik..
  6. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 782   +235

    I just want unlimited data...
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,033   +2,558

    Just don't "jailbreak" your phone. I'm not going to bake you a cake with a file in it,so that you can "jailbreak" yourself afterwards.....:oops:
  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,046   +680

    Wow, you have had such a hard life. You make life on the street seem glamorous, because at least they didn't have the horrible experiences you had with AT&T and Comcast. You poor poor thing.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,033   +2,558

    Why didn't you leave your response at this......?
    Because then I would have said either, "clearly you put up crap like that because you don't ave a plausible rebuttal", or, clearly thinking of yourself on the business side of the issue, has caused you to believe you're entitled to as much as you feel like asking for whatever product or service you have to "offer".
  10. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    The next big jumps in smartphone computing should be in heat dispersal, processor and wiring sizes, and battery life all in conjunction.

    We don't have pocket computers for several very good reasons. First is size. The components we can make are still at a fairly large size comparatively. It is only recently that we've been even looking at things like 14 nanometer production as something feasible. And if something is too big, it will not fit in the device, or it will require too much power and put out too much heat. Therefore, size is priority number one. The smaller the size, the less heat results, and the more you can fit inside a device.

    Second, is heat, as I suggested a moment ago. If you tried to put a big 2 gigahertz quad core inside of a pocket sized device, you'd burn a hole in your jeans. You'd be very surprised by how much heat is output by even something as small as the stuff that's in your phone. How much heat the components give off and how the device can vent heat is a very big concern. It has to be made from materials that disperse heat very well so that you don't even notice that's even warm in the first place. You also can't feasibly put a fan inside of a device. Not to mention, who here wants a little fan whirring in their ear when they are making a phone call? Nobody. Heat dispersal is priority number two.

    And third is power consumption. I don't know how many of you are really familiar with processors in mobile devices, but you might be surprised to learn that little dual core you've got in your iPhone is using no more than a volt of electricity. ONE VOLT! A SINGLE VOLT! UNO! EINZ! That seriously limits the size of the core you can put in it, how fast it runs, and all sorts of other things that govern how it functions. We as a technical society have to figure out how to use that single volt to output as much processing power as possible while giving off an insignificant amount of heat and not draining the battery within minutes. It's a herculean task at the moment without making the device cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    These are the three areas I want to see phones advance in. It's not a big problem to have a flexible screen or an interface that covers the entire face of the device. That's all superficial stuff that could be easily implemented. I believe that if you want to see some serious advances in how these things work, we need to see improvement in those major areas of technology that I've just talked about.
  11. jamiek

    jamiek TS Rookie

    I'd like them to print money.
  12. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    Lower bills. I don't see the attraction of a $100 bill a month when voip landlines can charge as little as $4/month. So I can't surf the web while driving.
  13. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    I would like to see the holographic keyboard. TRUE 3D viewing. A better battery. Which is a common complaint but kinda silly when you figure that a pair of rechargable AA carries 2x the mAh. And better TV hookups that are simplier to use.
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Battery life and NFC need to get off the ground. There is so much amazing untapped potential in NFC.
    spydercanopus likes this.

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