Linked by Moochman on Tue 26th Jun 2012 19:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless According to, internal documents from RIM have been leaked, revealing the screen sizes and form factors of two phones planned for commercial release.
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RE: Comment by itanic
by Radio on Wed 27th Jun 2012 09:35 UTC in reply to "Comment by itanic"
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Good for you.

But for me, I pick up my phone to check the weather radar and twitter and to take pictures and upload them and to check maps and the next train departure and to identify that song which is playing right now on the radio and to check the album on Spotify.

Have fun with your SSH.

(Who's making calls anymore, annyway? Texting is so much more convenient, especially with Swiftkey's word predictions.)

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RE[2]: Comment by itanic
by Morgan on Wed 27th Jun 2012 14:11 in reply to "RE: Comment by itanic"
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Who's making calls anymore, anyway?

I am, for one. My full time job requires that I have a phone at all times (government job). My part time job doesn't require it, as long as I can be reached in some fashion. But I also do a lot of consulting work on the side, and many of my clients prefer the professionalism of a voice connection rather than texting.

If it were up to me, I would never talk on the phone. My fiancée is the same way; we communicate almost exclusively by text and email when we're not together. But given my work requirements, a cellphone that's actually a decent, usable phone is critical. That became painfully apparent every time I used an Android phone; a dialer that crashes or is otherwise buggy on a phone is unacceptable. In those instances, I may as well have had a miniature tablet for all the good the "phone" part did me.

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RE[3]: Comment by itanic
by Radio on Wed 27th Jun 2012 14:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by itanic"
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That is right.

On the other hand, why do a smartphone actually makes phone calls? The main reason for this that I see is that in order to have wireless internet, you need a phone contract anyway. There are very few data-only contracts offered in the whole world. Without that constraint, we may have seen a cleaner division between phones (sturdy, reliable but limited in functionality) and "communication devices" (which are now exclusively tablets, but could have been improved PDA).

Edited 2012-06-27 14:37 UTC

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