Just read an interesting post over at MobilitySite talking about the fact that many of today's smartphones are simply not designed to be practical phones: their size is too big, they have not buttons to enable quick calls, they are way to flat, hard to grasp, and lately, some of them (Nexus, iPhone4) have some reception issues as well…
(full article in here: Sure They’re Smart….But Are They PHONES?)
My response to this article is this:
I don't really need a phone anymore. At least not the kind of phone I used to use 2-3 years ago to mostly do calls with.
1. I'm constantly connected: SMS, Emails, Facebook, Twitter – they reduce some of the need to call people and talk…
2. I barely use my smartphone(s) as a phone. Most of the time when I talk, I do it from my car (I call it my portable office…) using my car speakers or during the evening using the earphones.
3. At the rest of the time, I really try to minimize talking with my phones – I hate the feeling of cooking my brain and most of my calls end within few seconds/minutes to be continued in other communication means.
Bottom line – I'm not sure I even care about call quality, and other "phone" related specifications of my smartphone – simply because I've changed the way I use it…
What do you think? Does it make sense to you?