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There are plenty of manufacturers and carriers out there who will be happy to tell you what you want from a phone. To hear them tell it, if you’re not carrying a device with a camera, a touchscreen, an internet browser, GPS, Bluetooth, and a fancy […]

There are plenty of manufacturers and carriers out there who will be happy to tell you what you want from a phone. To hear them tell it, if you’re not carrying a device with a camera, a touchscreen, an internet browser, GPS, Bluetooth, and a fancy colorful operating system, you might as well be carting around a tin can and a long piece of string.

With the recent upgrades to the iPhone, and the imminent release of the first Google “Android” phone, the hype machine surrounding these devices has been cranked up to higher levels than ever. But while I’m sure there are focus groups and test devices involved in the process, no one ever asked me what I wanted in my cell phone. And I’ll bet they never asked you, either.

So, let’s remedy that. If you were designing your ideal cell phone from scratch, what would you put into it? And perhaps more importantly, what would you leave out? Have you found your ideal phone in the market, or are you still vainly hunting? And does the next generation of handsets look like it’s going to offer what you want?

By Mike Gunderloy

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  1. Numbers big enough to read without my glasses!

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  2. Totally Open. Let me dual or triple boot S60, Linux or FreeBSD. It should look as nice at the Touch Pro or E71. Dual SIM slot. Dual microSDHC slot. Yes for the BT, GPS and decent camera. Opera Mobile 9.x as the browser. Do not care about flash.

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  3. I am one who actually likes windows mobile. Yes, it needs to improve, but it has apps, lots of apps. Throw in the Zune and and some interface tweaking, Flash (I want to stream audio) and Opera 9.x and voila!

    And please, PLEASE! Mount the the SD card as a new drive rather than a directory.

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  4. Dual SIM, please.

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  5. I’m a luddite. I want my mobile to make and receive calls, send and receive SMS, have real-sound ringtones and a battery that survives for a long, long, long time.

    That is *it*.

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  6. I’ve always wanted something about the size of a DVD case as a PDA and portable tablet PC, with a *dockable* phone (something that hides nearly seamlessly in the larger device).

    When docked, the phone provides internet connectivity, and can still be used from the larger device’s contact list, etc.

    When undocked, the phone would be light, small, and relatively light on features — with very long battery life.

    This way, I could port the large pad around on the train, at work, and when I’m out with friends to talk about our Next Big Idea; but, I could just tote a small and reliable phone when I’m biking or have other reasons not to want the larger device.

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  7. I want very few things for my phone.

    1) Make and receive calls. Duh.

    2) SMS messaging.

    3) Cheap, real web browsing (ala iPhone/iPod Touch).

    4) Good network coverage (I live in South Dakota).

    5) Full sound ring tones.

    6) Extensibility. If it can’t do it out of the box, anyone should be able to add it in.

    Essentially, I want a tiny wireless laptop with Skype and Chrome on it. That’d do.

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  8. A really sweet pocket-knife.

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  9. I’m with Cinderberry. Just a phone, please. To TALK with.

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  10. Darren, maybe this is what you are looking for http://www.modumobile.com/ its still in initial stage but looks promising.

    As for me Nokia e71 is close to my ideal mobile add in a better camera and good entertainment options and i dont need to look any further.

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