Jeff’s mobile phone ideas, and mine… not quite the same

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Jeff Nolan lists ten reasons why he doesn’t agree with my previous post about mobile phone as a computer. He hasn’t found a phone he loves. Not sure about his requirements, but plenty of people who love their 6600/6682, RAZR and what not.

Text messaging issues? Jeff, you and I are not, repeat not from the thumb-generation. Decent size display in small form factor? Don’t know what he means, but the Nokia/LG/Samsung phones all have more than decent displays. Unless of course he is looking for a PDA.

Mobile web, I am with him on that point. Silicon Valley connection issues? Blame it on the rich-and-famous who scream when cell towers go up. No surprise service sucks. (Tech god’s revenge perhaps?) When Jeff says, “Good handsets ain’t cheap, it’s pretty easy to spend $500 for a top line phone that has way less utility than a $500 personal computer,” he is still looking at it a phone from the PC eyes.

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Jesse Kopelman

Should have said user interface instead of GUI. The best UI for a small device may not be primarily visual . . .

Jesse Kopelman

I think the thing stopping the mobile phone from being a PC replacement is not the inherent limitations of the form factor (Moore’s Law and GUI can overcome this) but the incestuous relationship between handset vendors and service providers. If the main way to get PCs back in the 80s and 90s had been through Compuserve and AOL (or worse yet the RBOCs), something tells me today’s devices would be but a pale shadow of what we actually have.

Zed

The Nokia 9300 has the best web browsing experience of any mobile, including a small, but fairly decent keyboard. If mobile networks didn’t suck so much it would be even better.

Om Malik

billy, that’s precisely what i am saying. if you read my previous post. so hopefully you get a chance to come back and (further) post your thoughts

Billy Gaetz

Dude, do not be silly. Look at the sales of 12″ Macs versus 15″. Look at what happened with smaller Vaio laptops, like Z505 and R505 series- most Vaios are bigger now.
People just cannot work/surf web with small screens/tiny keyboard.
Cell phone as a computer is a cute idea which will not work, only in very specialized areas, like finding location information and some text-basted instant notifications.
Do no confuse a few dedicated geeks/bloggers blaying with gizmos with typical consumers, including kids.

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