Bluetooth dialer seems quite a need when you use a tablet as phone too. But do all tabs have bluetooth. But yes its good to use these slim dialers. When I was using my tabelt as phone t use to fall down many times and it was so very inconvenient to call from such a wide device. But is there a delay when Bluetooth dialer is used.
@DMcCunney, "I'm amused" is exactly the reaction I was hoping for when I wrote this piece, since I, too, was amused at this whole notion of people wanting something simpler, slimmer and cheaper. The urge to break down a whole system into modular pieces, as you suggested, is a reverse trend that may actually never get old, I think. As much as 'convergence' has been a much touted trend, the pendulum could always swing back. No?
So many people are leaving the notebook at home while traveling. A small inexpensive feature phone becomes a good companion for all kinds of small tablets. If you learned to type on a Blackberry, you can easily compose, correspond, on many tablets while enjoying apps and easy web viewing.
My cell phone is the smallest, lightest, cheapest phone Samsung makes, used with a prepaid plan. All it does is calls and SMS, and that's all I want it to do. Email, web surfing and the like are all something else's job.
The issue is form factor. For all the other stuff, I simply need a far bigger screen than anything I'd see practical in a cell phone can have.
But the trend in technology is smaller, faster, and cheaper. While I don't do it now, I can see carrying a device that can be a system unit, and connect via wifi, and connect via cellular. It can be a cell phone - I just need an interface to those functions. A BT headset provides talk and listen. A device like this provides dialing. It's not a feature phone - it's a remote control for something bigger I don't want to hold in both hands.
Take out the system unit, plug in a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, and Voila! I have a personal computer, with a different set of peripherals to provide the required interface.
I would love to see a refresh of the feature phone - my old Samsung Knack ('developfed for the Senior Demographic' as the marketing literature once said) is long abandoned by the manufacturer. It's still alive and works fine - but one of these days it will either quit working or have an unfortunate encounter with the kitchen sink or some domestic body of water. I don't want or need something that does e-mail and washes my clothes - I just want a phone. Not an iPhone, not an Android phone, just a phone that I can make calls on. Is that too much to ask?
This is really good news for preventing human bodies from strong radiation from the GSM/CDMA handsets, one can carry this tiny device for dialing and talking while the actual device can be kept far from the human body this way it will be good to use the said device while in home or at office, yes there are landlines cordless phones are available from reputed manufactures but they are not much known to average consumers, but this will surely be noticeable to all the phone users.
So there it is!. The smart phones today have become too bulky to be kept in hand and hog so much battery power when in use just for a few minutes.
The old feature phones ( I still use one) need charging may be once in a day , are so light weight that you can easily forget about them once put into the pocket , until the ring tone or the vibrator alerts you.
Now with these Bluetooth dialers people will be carrying their smart phones/phablet plus this kind of feature phone in their pocket.
It is really a backward compatibility futuristic product I must say!
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