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A cell-phone that is a phone.

Posted by todd at 1:13 AM on October 24, 2007

A post on the Loose Wire blog hit a chord with me, it describes how the worlds best selling phone (Nokia 1100) is also one of the simplest, and at least one of the users of this phone is in the phone industry.

I know everyone is different, but this hit the nail right on the head for me.  I like the primary feature of my phone to be good phone calls and simple phones are all that are needed for that.  The added benefit of simplicity is long battery life.  The phone I use myself (supplied by my employer) has the added features of messages and phonebook, which I use, and a whole heap of java based apps which I don’t.

I love gadgets, and have purchased some flashy phones in the past, but I have always found that added functionality like camera, MP3 player, video, web browsing, email, etc all compromise the prime function of the phone itself in some way.  Whether that be by making the phone an awkward size, making the phone feature more difficult to use, or reducing the battery life.

I’ll take bluetooth for the wireless headset, but if I can get a long battery life, good call quality, and a keypad I can use easily without looking at it, I am happy to have a seperate device for all other functionality.  At least that way when that device breaks down I will still have my phone to call the help desk.

via TechDirt.

3 Comments

  1. From Susabelle at 8:05 am on October 24, 2007

    I, also, don’t need a cell phone to do anything but make or receive calls. I have never had an urge to listen to a podcast on my phone, or surf the web on my phone (on that little bitty screen? Wha??). I have no desire to play games or keep photos or anything else. I have a RAZR v3, but only because it is a decent size, has good reception, and fits easily in a pocket in my purse. I never have used the camera, or anything else on it. I just want to make and take calls. Simple is best in this case.

  2. From Manoj at 9:46 pm on October 24, 2007

    Some how I also feel the same way. Phone is just talking, communicating your relatives, loved ones and mainly for be in touch with them.

    I used lots of high end phone but co-incidentally I also like Nokia 1100 (with white light and torch), I don’t know why I like this phone but I just like it.

    mobile phone provide a substitute for all other stuff (camera, mp3player, vedio player, browser, net surfing and live TV etc.) but I always prefer you can enjoy watching TV on phone, never enjoy the same vedio like you do when you watch them on large screen, I never feel comfortable even on laptop compare to desktop pc, using net on mobile is just wasting time and money both.

  3. From Todd at 2:17 pm on November 7, 2007

    Personally, I would rather have an all-in-one device rather than separate devices. This is not only more convenient, but also the “simple approach” in my book. My current wireless phone is an excellent phone (as in using it to talk to people). Any phone’s phone quality is very important to me. It also has a pretty good quality still camera, takes video (low quality), plays MP3′s, plays games, full GPS navigation features, and excellent battery life. It’s not even a high-end (expensive) phone. With the exception of the GPS features (which cost extra per month), I use all of those features frequently and absolutely love having all that in my pocket, readily available whenever I want. I never have to remember to carry this or that when I go out – just my phone.

    My phone’s hardware is capable of doing a whole lot more than my carrier (whom I refer to as ‘Vending Wireless’) allows, but that’s a completely different topic.

    I fully understand the argument of “What happens when [whatever feature] breaks down – then you’re pretty much out of everything until it’s fixed/resolved.” There are pluses and minuses to many devices that offer a good convenience factor. Everyone’s got their own personal preference and that’s all that really matters when deciding which direction to go.

    I love my multi-featured phone and long for the day that our phones are *allowed* to truly be all-in-one devices that are no longer crippled/locked-down by our carriers.