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Is It Time to Rethink Feature Phones?

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Bigger Screen...
Charles.Desassure   7/23/2013 8:16:28 PM
For Smartphones, the future will be a bigger screen.  Remember, people have to be able to read the information.

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Re: Yes, Absolutely it is required to Redefine the Phones
zhgreader   7/24/2013 3:10:59 AM
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What Junko said is true. you can hardly find nobody, especially youngers, has a smartphone in their hands.

down street, ride on the bus, train, you can see most of them are busy with thumb through screen,

most of smart phone are sumsung, apple and so on, we call them import products, despite they are produced in China.

a little part of them are made by chinese ourself. but the quatities of them are increasing now.

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what on earth there is different between Feature phone and Smartphone
zhgreader   7/24/2013 3:28:29 AM
When smartphone swift occupy communication market, when we have to change our mobil phone time to time after this strong tide trend, we often ask ourself, what is smartphone? what is feature phone?

Sonebody says there is a cpu inside, but I wonder my old one Norkia fat shape machine had also a cpu, A7 core and memory and os, which can do all that this smartphone can do.

access to wifi, internet, has multimedia, can record, take shoot and process pic like photoshop does...

what they lack is only mimo, and some sensors, can we think adding sensor will be smart one?



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Re: which feature phone was (or still is) your favorite?
elizabethsimon   7/24/2013 11:16:31 AM
You are right about it being cheaper to get a new feature phone than a new battery. The only reason I replaced my older LG a couple years ago becuase the battery wouldn't hold a charge. I replaced it with another LG flip phone and then promptly disabled the web access so I wouldn't accidently eat up the minutes on my prepaid plan.

I also have an iPod Touch which I use for apps and the camera. When the battery on my current phone dies, I might consider a smart phone but it would have to be useable out in the country. A lot of prepaid plans I've seen appear to have no service in Montana...


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Re: Bigger Screen...
junko.yoshida   7/25/2013 8:11:34 AM
Yes, Charles.Desassure !

The screen size is one thing. But then, there is this question the whole industry is grappling with now. How big is big enough? 5-inch and smaller are now considered regular smartphones; something bigger than 7-inch are considered tablet. In between, they call it phablet. What is your big-enough screen?

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cheap, tough, and longer battery life
Denis.Giri   8/12/2013 8:08:59 AM

Are feature-phones cheaper? Now, with $100 smartphones, the question becomes very tough. Either you're ready to pay $100 (or more) for a smartphone without a contract, or you go for a $1 phone with a contract. In both cases, that phone can now be a smartphone...



Buy a case + screen-protection ($20) and don't sit on your phone. You'll be OK


Longer battery life:

Smartphones can hold a call as long as a feature phone. The main difference is that you use your smartphone for more that caling people... Thus the increase in power consumption...

Right now, phones are 50g of electronics and casing + 50g of battery. Give me a 250g phone that lasts 4 times as long (full week of "smartphone usage") anytime. I'm a big guy, I can carry it easily.



I can't talk from experience with the newest feature phones, but with the old feature phones, you either had a text/menu interface to navigate through the things you could do with it or small icons that took you 20 tries to navigate to when you wanted to click on them (weird arangements of sub-menus of icons).

Now, on your smartphone, you have big icons that you "simply" have to ram a finger into...


So, no... I don't see the point of feature phones anymore.


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