Google’s Project Ara isn’t the only hope for phones with replaceable and upgradeable parts. Finland’s Circular Devices is developing an alternative concept called the Puzzlephone, which breaks the handset down into three constituent elements. The phone’s Spine provides the LCD, speakers and basic structure, its Heart contains the battery and secondary electronics, and its Brain has the processor and camera modules.”
The concept of a modular smartphone seems to be attracting more attention. Interesting.
I’m interested in this, not only for the upgradability of the thing, but the possibility of choosing what kind of cpu and how much ram/storage I can put in. I’m tired of living in a world where customization pretty much means ‘What color would you like it in?’
For me, the Project Ara approach is more appealing.
For some ordinary users, who want to focus the strengths of the phone to their needs, this might be enough. But I suspect it wonâ€™t be configurable enough to make it worthwhile, with only three subsystems (e.g. you canâ€™t upgrade the camera without upgrading the CPU).
Hopefully Project Ara (or something similar) becomes popular enough that it gets critical mass in the marketplace.
I fail to see the point of this.
You can only choose between a handful of options, which will all come from the same source since they have to be supported by the OS anyway.
You end up with a device which is heavier, clunky and costs more, with *very* limited upgradability.
Is it worth it ? Definitely not.
Will it fail ? Certainly.