Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 10:10 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Japanese telecom operator Willcom has unveiled the 'Phone Strap 2 WX06A' which is the world's smallest and lightest phone. The phone measures 32x70x10.7 mm and weighs a mere 32 grams, to put it in perspective the iPhone 5 measures 123.8x58.6x7.6 mm and weighs 112 grams which is almost 4 times heavier than the Phone Strap 2." Why does Japan always get all the cool stuff. I'd love me one of these. Kawaii ne?
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I do not have the world's smallest fingers
by pica on Wed 6th Mar 2013 10:36 UTC
pica
Member since:
2005-07-10

I am sorry, but I even do not intend to change that.

Reply Score: 4

cjmuk Member since:
2013-01-16

Interesting... only as a talking point. I don't think Apple and Samsung are quaking in their boots.

Who would realistically want one, when elsewhere screen are getting larger? I don't think my fat fingers could dial accurately, not that I could see much on the screen.

But I appreciate it from a we-built-it-because-we-could perspective.

Reply Score: 2

pica Member since:
2005-07-10

please, refer to

http://www.gsmarena.com/modu_phone-3236.php

That mobile has been introduced 4 years ago, might be even smaller and has reasonably sized controls.

Reply Score: 2

Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It's not smaller, actually.

Reply Score: 2

unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Willcom 123.8x58.6x7.6 mm

Modo 72.1 x 37.6 x 7.8 mm

The Modo is 40% smaller than the Willcom - yet you still claim it is is bigger!

Reply Score: 0

nutt Member since:
2011-06-22

Willcom 123.8x58.6x7.6 mm


No, those were the dimensions of the iPhone.

The Phone Strap 2 is slightly smaller than the Modo, albeit a little bit thicker.

Edited 2013-03-06 12:29 UTC

Reply Score: 4

pica Member since:
2005-07-10

volume

Modu Phone is 72.1 x 37.6 x 7.8 mm = 21145,488 mm^3
the Phone Strap 2 is 32 x 70 x 10.7 mm = 23968 mm^3

front plate area

Modu Phone is 72.1 x 37.6 mm = 2710,96 mm^2
the Phone Strap 2 is 32 x 70 mm = 2240mm^2


so it depends wether you choose front plate area or volume as size.

Reply Score: 3

Not a new idea
by theosib on Wed 6th Mar 2013 13:10 UTC
theosib
Member since:
2006-03-02

Derek Zoolander already had an even smaller phone. ;)

Reply Score: 4

RE: Not a new idea
by gan17 on Wed 6th Mar 2013 14:55 UTC in reply to "Not a new idea"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Darn, you beat me to it!!

Anyways, about this phone.
Either there's still a market for this sort of thing in Japan, or some Wilcom is severely out of touch. I doubt it's the former, though I could be wrong; Fujitsu still sell truckloads of their "infidelity" phones, from what I've read.

Reply Score: 2

RE[2]: Not a new idea
by zima on Sun 10th Mar 2013 23:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Not a new idea"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Fujitsu still sell truckloads of their "infidelity" phones, from what I've read.

??

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WTF?
by Drunkula on Wed 6th Mar 2013 13:44 UTC
Drunkula
Member since:
2009-09-03

Are you supposed to dial it with a toothpick or something? Count me out.

Reply Score: 2

Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 6th Mar 2013 14:09 UTC
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

One BIG advantage it has over the iPhone is that nobody will want to steal it.

Reply Score: 2

Cheap kid's phone
by andrewclunn on Wed 6th Mar 2013 14:10 UTC
andrewclunn
Member since:
2012-11-05

If that's your market, alright.

Reply Score: 1

No Thanks
by bowkota on Wed 6th Mar 2013 14:24 UTC
bowkota
Member since:
2011-10-12

I'd take the Nokia 8210 or the Ericsson T28s over this any time of the day.

http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_8210-19.php
http://www.gsmarena.com/ericsson_t28s-117.php

Reply Score: 2

RE: No Thanks
by peejay on Thu 7th Mar 2013 13:35 UTC in reply to "No Thanks"
peejay Member since:
2005-06-29

...any time of the day.

Funny that you phrase it that way, since it sounds like Apple's next "phone" will be the iWatch which will probably be about half the size of this thing and still expected to do everything the iPhone does.

The difference being that everyone will want one, and the small size will be a feature. ;)

Edited 2013-03-07 13:42 UTC

Reply Score: 2

What does this mean?
by judgen on Wed 6th Mar 2013 15:01 UTC
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

I know there is a market for anything you can ever invent in Japan, but i actually like the ide that phones again should become small and light. The clumsy behemoths many people carry around theese days is sometimes a hindrance and also it looks kinda retarded.

Reply Score: 2

RE: What does this mean?
by Brendan on Thu 7th Mar 2013 08:25 UTC in reply to "What does this mean?"
Brendan Member since:
2005-11-16

Hi,

What this means is that Japan continues to lag behind the rest of the world for "phones designed to be communication devices", but has become the world leader in "phones designed to be rammed up your butt".

- Brendan

Reply Score: 2

Flip Phone
by mikeinohio on Fri 8th Mar 2013 09:01 UTC
mikeinohio
Member since:
2010-02-21

The best way to make a small phone with a readable display and usable buttons is a flip phone. I understand people wanting a small and light phone as I am such a person, but a one piece phone isn't a good way to do that. I am still using a flip phone phone that is several years old and I dread the day I have to replace it. I see people carrying around touch screen phones the size of a paperback novel and I am reminded of the bag phone I used in the early 90's. Not everyone wants to play games and surf the web with their phone. Some of us just want to make calls and send text messages. Bring back the Startac.

Reply Score: 1