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!

  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.

  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.

  4. Dual SIM, please.

  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*.

  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.

  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.

  8. A really sweet pocket-knife.

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

  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.

  11. #1 Feature: Open Software or SDK available (The app store is the only reason I would get an iphone)
    #2: MP3/Divx/XVid Playback
    #3: WLAN
    #4: GPS
    #5: QWERTY Keypad
    #6: FM Radio Receiver
    #7: Camera / Video Recorder
    #8: Microphone
    #9: Built-In Speakers
    #10: BlueTooth
    #11: FM Transmitter
    #12: SD Card
    #13: Accelerometer
    #14: TV Out
    #15: TV In (with record)
    #16: Built-In Scanner

    No clear-cut winner.. but some close ones:
    HTC Android
    LG KC910
    Samsung i550 / i8510
    Nokia N96
    HTC Touch / S740
    Flip Blackberry
    LG Prada II

  12. I hate to say this, but my Blackberry Pearl is just right both in size/format and function… I wish they would make a iPhone Nano.

  13. By the way, the MP3 player, should act as a real MP3 player!!!

    (i.e. pause, search thru file, save position, etc)

  14. A bluetooth interface for the phone and a full-size keyboard.

    A video out from the phone allowing me to connect a monocular or binocular display.

  15. There must be a reason it’s called a mobile PHONE.
    I want one with
    big numbers
    buttons I can actually press without hitting another 4 at the same time,
    NO camera, NO text,
    NO internet,
    NO games

    I want a PHONE!

  16. I’ve had a wide array of cell phones over the past 10 years with all the usual bells and whistles… 3G, cameras, bluetooth, games, MP3, mobile apps ect…

    I have to say my current Nokia 1650 rocks the show. Basically it makes / receives calls & text messages, has a clock and the battery that lasts a full seven days! It’s light, sturdy and cost me $50 sim free. iPhone / N-series kiss my ass.

    Here’s how it should work:

    Phone: To make calls
    Camera: To take pictures
    UMPC: For apps & web
    Frisbee / Rubix cube: For games.

  17. I want a phone that feels solid, that is thin enough I can carry it my jeans front pocket and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. No camera, internet, games, etc. Just a phone. Oh yeah, bluetooth would be nice but not a deal breaker

  18. I really want my phone to be location aware and and have quick and easy access to the internet. I am moving everything to the cloud and I want good access to that data. Plus I really want to be able to leverage my social and business network on the move.


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    activate the full version. Open the Nero ControlCenter in Nero StartSmart by
    clicking on the “NeroStart” button in the lower left-hand corner and then click on
    Toolbox > ControlCenter. On the left-hand side, click on “License” and “Add”,
    in order to enter your Nero serial number. After you have entered your serial
    number, click again on “Add” to enter the new serial number. If your full version
    serial number does not appear, simply highlight your demo version serial number
    and click “Delete”. Close the ControlCenter and confirm the following messages
    by clicking “OK”. Restart Nero StartSmart to activate the changes.




  20. I have an old blackberry 8700c, I want to create a home screen icon that takes me directly to the SMS Inbox folder, or to a specific folder from my exchange mailbox, how do I do that?
    I found out that pressing alt with the wheel lets me move or delete an existing icon from the homescreen, but how do I add an entirely new one ?
    That’s what it look like: http://www.cebst.com/blackberry+8700c.jpg

  21. I am looking for an new iPhone.

    My 3g is out of order (it goes in the toilett, if you know what i mean:)). Now i want a new one. But here in Germany the mobile phone is so expensive :-( i have to pay more then 800€ = 1.100$. This is to a large amount for me.

    When i look on ebay i see the iphones for 600 euro and less. But this are import models from UK. I don´t know. Works this phones in germany (maybe with the jailbreak?)

    Here in germany we say “iphonekoenig” it means, king of i-phones. And i be of the same mind. The iphone is the best cellphone what i have ever see.



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