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Cell Phones Too Complicated?

Posted by iammarchhare on 24 June 2009

Some of you took exception to my contention in “Microsoft Dropping the Ball?” that smartphones are losing ground in the cell phone arena because of a lack of innovation by MS.  In particular, I posited the question, “What have you (MS) done for me lately?”

Of course, the world is full of dissenting opinions, and that is one of the things that makes life interesting.  In fact, PC World just recently posted an article on 21 June 2009 that “Cell Phones Getting Too Complicated, Poll Finds”.

As they say, though, YMMV.  In the LifeHacker article “Are Standard Cellphones Too Complicated?” that contains a pointer to the above article, you see people bemoaning too many features, but some seem to have a feature set they consider essential that does not involve simply sending/receiving voice calls.

I guess “complicated” is in the eye of the beholder.  If it is viewed as a “needed” feature, then not having it is a negative.

I’m going to stir the pot even a little more, though.

I’m honestly not so sure that the future is with cell phone technology, though.  Some experts have implied that satellite technology is better and coming down in price.  Satellite phones don’t require a cell tower and can be used in the remotest areas.  Then, there are some who believe that VOIP will continue to become ubiquitous and of better quality.


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