Ok – I’ll do one post on phone hardware in contravention of my previous post.
I’m using a couple of phones at the moment (one for each network) – and the experience is vastly different to say the least.
- Samsung D900 – my main/current phone on MTN. It is also by far the best phone I’ve had in 13 years.
- Nokia 6680 – for CellC
- Motorola V3x – on Vodacom
- Samsung Z540 – my phone before the D900
This has got me thinking. Each of them has great features, but equally, each is hamstrung by something. So what would I want in the ultimate phone – the perfect phone for me.
I use my phone all day, need real email capabilities, want super-fast connectivity. So, phone manufacturers – here’s my wishlist:
- The thinness and feel of the D900 – the sound of the slider snapping closed is fantastic
- Usability of the widely acclaimed QWERTY keyboard of the Blackberry – but, that slides sideways like the HTC P4350, iMate JASJAM, and Samsung F700
- Large clear screen with the resolution and sophistication of the Apple iPhone’s 320 x 480 pixel, 3.5 inch, 16m colour touchscreen marvel
- The legendary battery life of the Nokia 6680 – like 10 days standby
- HSDPA (up to 3.6 or 7.2 Mbps), Wifi g+n and the range of GSM data ranges (GPRS & EDGE) + Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0 (and eventually when Wireless USB is available – that too please)
- 8GB on board solid-state memory/capacity – like the Apple iPhone
- I’m in two minds about a camera. A 2-3MP is probably all you need for happy snaps.
- Card slot for expandable memory
- Decent speakerphone
- Some sort of clickwheel – like SonyEricsson’s one on the P Series
- An OS that is super quick (meaning that it also needs a decent processor), that actually responds when you press a button like the D900 does – the delay is one of the main gripes that many people have with many of the new phones. Especially Nokia’s original phones in the N-Series.
- The option of both full web browsing that Opera Mobile offers, and typical dumbed down mobile browsing that Opera Mini or even a WAP 2.0 browser offers.
- Full feature, push email like Blackberry does – that integrates with Exchange, Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, etc) without major server-side installation requirements.
- Viewer and basic editor for Word, Excel, PPT and PDF Reader
- Decent iPod-like music and video player
- Widget enabled – like Opera Mobile allows
- The predictive text of the Motorola MPx220
- Ability to have permanently connected IM – ie its always on in the background, even during calls.
- All this – and it must still fit into your pocket and not be a brick.
Phones that come close:
- Apple iPhone – needs HSDPA and a sideways slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
- Samsung F700 – has virtually everything, but its missing Wifi
- Samsung i600 Blackjack – needs larger screen and may be too ‘square’. Coming to SA in April.
- Nokia E90 – seems quite fat – but looks good.
- iMate’s Ultimate 7150 – too wide at 7cm
That’s enough for now. Apple is close – remains to be seen how OS X handles on a phone. Samsung, Nokia, HTC and iMate all seem to be moving in the right direction.
What have I missed – and what would you want?
* Update – The number keypad/QWERTY keyboard conflict has been solved. You really do need a traditional keypad to make it function like a phone. So – phone designers…what we need is a two-directional sliding mechanism – where the screen slides up like a Samsung D900 to reveal the number keypad. To reveal the QWERTY keyboard, a thin layer slides slideways like the Samsung F700. Obviously, only one keyboard can be revealed at once. And – here it is.
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