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I wish my cell phone was...

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50% faster
  2233 votes / 6%
50% cheaper
  5354 votes / 16%
50% smaller
  845 votes / 2%
50% bigger
  702 votes / 2%
50% lighter
  391 votes / 1%
50% more secure
  2927 votes / 8%
50% more battery efficient
  17140 votes / 52%
50% of the known universe
  2950 votes / 9%
32542 total votes.
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I wish my cell phone was...

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  • I wish (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @02:37PM (#45540685)

    I wish my cell phone always got me first post.

  • 50% dumber. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @02:38PM (#45540705)

    Whatever happened to phones that just made phone calls?

    • Re:50% dumber. (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Shatrat (855151) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @02:40PM (#45540735)

      That's every phone, if all you do is make phone calls.

      • Re:50% dumber. (Score:4, Informative)

        by tompaulco (629533) on Friday November 29, 2013 @11:05AM (#45555225) Homepage Journal

        That's every phone, if all you do is make phone calls.

        That's not true. My phone reboots occasionally when trying to make or receive phone calls. It has never rebooted doing any of the other ancillary or unnecessary things, but the one thing that a phone should do unfailingly, it fails at about one time in ten.

    • Re:50% dumber. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by EzInKy (115248) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @02:42PM (#45540763)

      I like having a computer I can carry in my pocket that makes phone calls. Can't see why any self respecting nerd would have a problem with them.

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Paying a perpetual $1000 a year for the privilege is the problem I have with smartphones.

        • "A fool and his money are soon parted."

          I have an unlocked smart phone. One time cost: $300. I also have no-contract service plan with 300 minutes, unlimited SMS and unlimited data. Monthly cost: $35, total cost per year: $420.

        • by Valdrax (32670)

          My data plan is only $240 per year (on top of a plan for just voice data that I'd be paying with a dumb phone anyway). If I really didn't want to pay it, I could rely on wi-fi networks or just use apps that didn't require the internet.

          However, always having the internet with me is a far greater killer app than being able to be called everywhere as far as I'm concerned.

      • Re:50% dumber. (Score:5, Insightful)

        by pr0fessor (1940368) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @04:57PM (#45542597)

        Well... since management and users don't understand boundaries carrying something that enables me to work 100% of the time is a bad idea. Before anyone says well I wouldn't hire anyone that won't use email on their phone I will let you know that I refuse to work for anyone that expects me to answer email while I'm in the restroom or driving. Chances are if you stop mid-sentence to answer an email on your cellphone while doing an interview I will likely decline anyway.

        Now when my kid stops mid-sentence or isn't listening because he got a text, email, or facebook post I get on his case for being rude.

        When the clerk at the gas station doesn't look up from her cell phone long enough to tell me how much my purchase was and just holds out her hand I get annoyed.

        Not that I don't like the idea of having a hand held computer that I can use anywhere it just doesn't work out the way I dream about it.

               

        • User number? (Score:3, Insightful)

          by Runaway1956 (1322357)

          I'm using /. beta, and oddly your user number doesn't show.

          I figure you're a low hundred thousands user number anyway. You sound like an old dinosaur, who learned manners before 1970. Today, no one learns manners - the concept has been discarded from American life.

          Have you ever stopped at a fast food restaurant, walked inside, and found that you were on "ignore" until the person with the head set had cleared the drive thru? The guy at the counter, waving money at those kids is far less real than the voi

          • by Fwipp (1473271)

            That isn't bad manners, that's instruction from upper management to prioritize the drive-thru customers over all else. Seriously, that's what they're supposed to do (and if they don't, they'll get fired).

          • by Chirs (87576) on Thursday November 28, 2013 @09:57PM (#45552361)

            The voices in the headset also represent real people, and they were there before you.

            Do you think that people that walk into a fast-food place are more important than the people who are in the drive-through (and therefore almost by definition are in a hurry)?

        • by HJED (1304957)
          Um there is a difference between stopping mid sentence to answer an email, and having your phone on you so that you are contactable when needed. As you correctly state the former is very rude (a very rare) the latter where people check there email whilst waiting for a bus or similar is not rude and very useful.
    • by Valdrax (32670)

      Whatever happened to phones that just made phone calls?

      They're still out there, just like cars with manual transmission, typewriters, and LP record players. They have their passionate advocates, but most people with more functional devices that can do all that and more just shake their heads in confusion and mutter under their breath about old people and move on.

      • by HJED (1304957)

        Whatever happened to phones that just made phone calls?

        They're still out there, just like cars with manual transmission, typewriters, and LP record players. They have their passionate advocates, but most people with more functional devices that can do all that and more just shake their heads in confusion and mutter under their breath about old people and move on.

        One of these is not like the others... manual transmission is still very common (at least here in Aus) and gives better performance and petrol usage (and is cheaper).

    • by Stargoat (658863)

      It's called John's Phone. They seem to be a bit on the out of business side however. Still, it was a good idea. It's just a cell phone. Nothing else. No address book, no texting, no surfing. Just a phone. With 2 week battery time.

    • by fafalone (633739)
      Here you go [jitterbugdirect.com], courtesy of my mothers AARP magazine. Nothing new and scary there, just a phone.
      • I see your fancy "flip phone", and raise you the Easycall [gadgetguy.com.au].

        Oversized buttons. Large font on the display. Actual physical switch to lock/unlock the keypad. A torch (also with physical switch), so you can find your reading glasses so you can find your TV glasses. Voice reads out the numbers as you dial. Voice also announces the name of the person calling when it rings or "texts" (and optionally reads out the texts, if the grandkids set it up for you.)

        But wait, there's more. Flick this switch (again, physical)

  • All the phone features in world aren't much good if your battery is dead.

    I bought an external battery that actually lets me use some of my phone's neat features like GPS and wireless for a worthwhile amount of time. I just have to carry the battery as well as the phone.

    Cheers,
    Dave

    • 3+ days is too short for you? I replaced my GSIII's battery with a Gorilla replacement battery, and it goes at least three days between charges, with GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, making calls, etc.
      • My LG Thrill (getting a little long in the tooth) might last a few hours with both GPS and WiFi on. Bluetooth doesn't drain it as fast as long as I have a paired device also on. Seems like any sort of "roaming/searching" really kills the battery. But the phone itself does that when I'm out of coverage.

        Cheers,
        Dave

  • by SiggyRadiation (628651) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @02:48PM (#45540843) Homepage Journal
    I voted for "faster" since my iPhone can barely keep up with the iOS. But my biggest problem is with reception. It is actually unusable at both my office within our building and in my home. That reduces usability to only in my car.
  • My Note3 has been speedy with everything I need it to do. Battery life is great, but it could always last a little longer.
  • by Khopesh (112447) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @03:04PM (#45541041) Homepage Journal
    I want a phone that can't be used to track me and my buying habits. I want a phone that doesn't require a google account. I want a phone that lets me deploy my own software to it. I'd ideally like the phone to be entirely or at least mostly free (speech) software. Android and iOS are out. I'm holding out for a US deloyment of Firefox OS [wikipedia.org], but I may end up with a QNX/Qt Blackberry [wikipedia.org]. I need to learn more about Replicant [wikipedia.org] as that could open up a lot of possibilities (including malware...)
    • by monk (1958) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @08:44PM (#45544837) Homepage

      I'm holding out for a US deloyment of Firefox OS [wikipedia.org]

      You can buy an unlocked, GSM, ZTE Open Firefox OS phone for $80. I have one. Works fine with an H2O Wireless (cheap AT&T) sim. It's fun and an impressive first release. It handles calls, email, messaging and web browsing fine, but don't expect it to be a complete replacement for an Android phone yet. Still rough around the edges.

    • by HJED (1304957)
      I believe Cynamod is 100% free (speech) software and if you don't install google's apps you don't need a google account, and you can deploy your own software too it...
  • Seriously, how does the high end phones cost as much as they do? Most PCs are cheaper. I know a bunch of R&D goes into these things, but damn...
    If the phones weren't "subsidized" on contract I bet they would be 1/2 the price they are now.
    • Re:Cheaper (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Hentes (2461350) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @04:43PM (#45542353)

      Because high end phones are PCs that also have to fit in a small case and operate on battery.

    • As long as we have people buying phones for bling, at whatever cost they have to pay, the manufacturers and the telcos will continue to rape those poor fools.

      At upwards of a thousand dollars purchase price, and a couple hundred dollar monthly fees, I would expect the damned thing to cook and do laundry for me, and make the bed up properly with hospital corners. I might not expect it to do maintenance on my motorcycle, but housekeeping? Hell yeah! On second thought, yes, I would expect it to keep my bike

    • Phones are about $100 worth of parts and the amortization of $50 billion of engineering.
  • by foobar bazbot (3352433) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @03:31PM (#45541423)

    I'm going with 50% bigger, because a modern smart-phone is as a rule no more than 50% battery by volume, and increasing the thickness 50% and filling the entire space with a battery means at least double the runtime. (In the N900 particularly, the battery is much less than half the volume, so I'd get much more than 100% runtime increase -- which goes perfectly with a Neo900 kit.)

    "50% more battery efficient" is a sucker's choice, because that only gets you 50% more, not >= 100% more.

    • by mhajicek (1582795)
      Indeed. I'm replying on a Nokia 710, which uses about 15% of its volume for battery and runs dry in a few hours of heavy use.
  • by Sowelu (713889) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @04:12PM (#45541953)

    Man, fuck thin phones. I want a 1.5-inch-thick phone that'll give me a full day of streaming video or geocaching if I want. Screw those tiny 50mm x 33mm x 5mm batteries, I want my phone to be half battery by volume. In an ideal world, it would also have an accessible battery-release button, so I can slide it out and slot in another in ten seconds or less, and charge the spare (or three) in my car or on my wall. Give it a little backup battery, say 15 minutes worth, to stay alive while the big one is being swapped and I'd be totally happy.

    • by xtal (49134)

      There's lots of add-on cases that provide this functionality...

      • by TubeSteak (669689)

        A lot of add-on battery cases:
        1. trap heat from your hard working smart phone
        2. screw with your reception
        3. come with shitty batteries that lose their capacity within a week or two.

        Alternatively, smartphone mfgs could thicken up their anorexic phones by 2mm or 3mm and double your battery life.
        I imagine Apple could find a way to do this and charge you an extra hundred dollars for the privilege or only having to charge once a day instead of twice.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      You should do like me and carry around a fucking car battery everywhere I go. When people ask me why I just point out that it's hooked up to my phone, and offer them an outlet to plug in theirs too. Awesome for picking up chicks.

  • I'm not sure why it would help to have my current cellphone be 50% cheaper.

    I'd be quite happy if my next cellphone were 50% cheaper than my current one, but making my current one 50% cheaper would seem to just help everyone else who wants one...

    Dan Aris

  • by roubles (716740) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @05:03PM (#45542661)
    Whats the point of making the phones thinner and lighter when the first thing most people do is put them in huge rubber cases and screen protectors.

    Its also interesting to note that people spend a a good amount of money on cases and screen protectors.

    Even if an indestructible phone were larger, heavier, and more expensive out of the box than the average phone today, it may very well still be thinner, lighter and cheaper than the average phone + accessories.
  • And honestly, I wish it was everyone else's cell phone that had this feature, rather than mine.

    You should not be taking a social phone call while eating dinner with friends. I don't want to hear how your grandmother has really bad hemorrhoids while I'm riding the bus. And I damn well don't want to be blinded in the theatre because you're sitting in front of me playing Candy Crush Saga during a horror movie.

    Full disclosure - I don't have a cell phone.

  • open and fair (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ssam (2723487) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @06:31PM (#45543557)

    50% more environmentally friendly production
    50% less exploited workers
    50% less conflict minerals
    50% more opensource

  • I wish my cell phone was more durable.
    I wish my cell phone got better reception.

    Cell phones today aren't really phones, they're pocket computers that you can also use for calling. Its easier to be happy with what I've got if I think of it that way...

  • by Art Challenor (2621733) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @08:31PM (#45544685)
    I still don't have a shoe phone!
  • 100% More Durable - When I drop my phone, I want the floor to break.
  • If the N900 were 50% faster, 50% cheaper, 50% more battery efficient and had 400% extra RAM, would had been close to perfect, it was already 100% more secure, bigger (at least in the Z dimension) and open that today's alternatives. The N9 have a lot of those attributes, but no hw keyboard.
  • by hcs_$reboot (1536101) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @11:56PM (#45545943)
    So that I'm even more standing out holding an iPhone in my hand.
  • My phone doesn't have enough RAM or storage to run anything newer than Gingerbread.

    For that matter, it doesn't have enough storage to install all the apps that I want. I've had to uninstall various apps that I don't use enough (Google+, Facebook, Skype) to make room for apps that I do use (Hangouts, Authenticator, Facebook Messenger). Within a few months, I anticipate that I will have to uninstall another app just to make room for more updates. If this continues long enough, my "smartphone" will be a decide

  • I don't even own a mobile phone. Although, I do want a smartwatch that doesn't require a mobile phone. I still wear an old school Casio Data Bank (DB) 150 calculator watch. :) Too bad Casio stopped making it. :(

  • I like my phone. Nexus 4. Does everything I need.

    What I need is 50% faster and 50% cheaper service, at minimum.

  • by ctrl-alt-canc (977108) on Thursday November 28, 2013 @10:48AM (#45548555)
    ...but does it exist ? I am afraid the answer is no.
  • by Hartree (191324) on Thursday November 28, 2013 @12:31PM (#45549159)

    Tracfone that I keep fully charged and in my pocket, but nearly always turned off.

    I make 1-2 outbound calls a month on it, it's there for 911 if I need it and it's not a distraction that way.

  • by msobkow (48369) on Thursday November 28, 2013 @03:41PM (#45550481) Homepage Journal

    Is still nothing.

    And I like it that way.

  • by Stolpskott (2422670) on Friday November 29, 2013 @11:18AM (#45555309)

    Old fart making a comment, here. As long as I can make calls with it, the rest is fluff and window dressing. If it were not for the fact that my employer has standardized on the iPhone, I would not touch one of them. The one bright spot being that, as I have an iPhone, I am better able to support my girlfriend's iPhone and the iPhones of everyone else in the family. Because as the tech guy of the group, no matter what I say they all bring their iPhones to me when they have a problem.

    But... 50% Faster?
    My phone makes calls, looks up numbers and addresses in my contact list, and occasionally acts as a GPS navigation aid when I am going somewhere new. That is about it. I have a few games on there for when my girlfriend's nephews and nieces are bored, and that is about it. So if my phone needs to be 50% faster to do what I need to do, then there is something wrong with the phone.
    50% Cheaper?
    My employer pays for it, so what do I care what it costs? :)
    50% Smaller?
    I have big hands, so a smaller phone than I have feels a bit awkward.
    50% Bigger?
    ok, maybe not 50% bigger, but slightly larger would be a bit more comfortable. Nothing to write home about though.
    50% Lighter?
    Seriously, I barely notice the weight of the thing as it is. If anything, make it 50% heavier and more rugged - waterproof and drop-proof would be more interesting than lighter (and presumably more easily broken).
    Battery Efficient?
    ok, I could take this one as a runner up to my choice. Recharging every 3-4 hours because I have been on the phone to a client for 2 hours is a bit of a pain, but I spent so long with a desk phone that I am still used to being tied to a desk when on the phone anyway.
    50% of the Known Universe?
    There are enough black holes in the phone's operating system already, without adding a few from the Universe. Although throwing data into a Black Hole would be a cool way of deleting it...

    So my choice. 50% more secure.
    In fact, don't stop at 50%. Give me 200%, or 500%. If I am making a call, I want to know that it is secure. I am not discussing National Security or making Terrorist plans to blow up America, but I do not want anyone listening in on my girlfriend and I making small talk... especially not my wife ;)
    Similarly, I want to know that whatever I load on the phone is not going to start sending my data to someone somewhere unless I specifically want it sent. My phone, my data, my control. Is that too much to ask, NSA???

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