I’ve been an early adopter of new consumer products for more than 30 years. Never shy of paying a significant extra or diving into the unknown for something that’s aiming for
- increased ease of use
- more beauty
and most important
- adding value to my life.
So I became one of the early mobile phone users, motorola flip phones, samsung ultra thin phones and eventually became one of the first iPhone users in Europe (before it was even sold in Europe). That’s essentially when - to my personal understanding - the development to above mentioned criteria ended.
My current iPhone is
- way too big
- doesn’t feel half as smooth in the hand as the original one
- the battery life is still after all those years totally annoying
- the reception is bad
- cracks easily and constantly
- has tons of stuff that I don’t need and use.
- fails more and more often due to software malfunction
- needs constant updating of software
I may not be in the majority with these thoughts but I know there a lot’s of individuals with the same frustration. So while I see that we shouldn’t go back to flip phones (as @Nilotpal_Karan suggested in another thread), I know that there is a significant niche market for a beautifully reduced smartphone … or as some would call it “a phone for all the original apple evangelists” who always chose beauty and ease of use over … one more feature!
So how simple can a smartphone be made … while still remaining a smartphone?
How could that simplicity add to other aspects that may create real benefits for a smartphone (weight, size, durability, ruggedness, less stress, fewer failures, longer battery life … and yes … beauty?!) Is this a hardware or a software issue? Or both?
So rather than creating another super-uber-high-tech-can-do-everything-windows-surface-phone … let’s start a discussion on “My future smartphone could live without …:”