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Cellphones Technology

Accessorize Your Phone With Another Phone 171

Posted by timothy
from the excuse-me-someone-on-the-other-line dept.
Rambo Tribble writes "Ars Technica reports that HTC is introducing the Mini, a small, more convenient and feature-reduced phone to tie into your big, cumbersome smartphone. So, dumb is the new smart?" Don't forget a wristwatch phone to connect to the smaller phone.
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Accessorize Your Phone With Another Phone

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  • It's backwards (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Dr. Evil (3501) on Saturday January 26, 2013 @04:47PM (#42702933)

    I don't understand this. Why would you take your inconvenient, expensive to upgrade, battery-sucking tablet and put your SIM card inside it? Then bring a smaller device in case it's too inconvenient to take out your smartphone?

    Why not have a small phone with great battery life and core features, then just use it as a hotspot for a tablet? I was looking at wristwatch phones and none of them seem to do this. There's even the new Pebble http://getpebble.com/ [getpebble.com]... which is a wristwatch UI for your fat phone.

    This whole trend is backwards. Put the phone on our wrists and let us carry an optional tablet, handset or earpiece.

  • by ldbapp (1316555) on Saturday January 26, 2013 @04:53PM (#42702997)
    What I want is a computing nugget that I can carry in my pocket (on a necklace, whatever), and then carry any number of different task-specific interfaces to it. You don't even have to carry them. Just walk up to your desk, and your keyboard and monitor connect and you have a desktop. Pick up your "smart-phone" interface, and go. Pick up your candybar interface and go. But all the computing and storage stays the same. It's your cloud in your pocket. Sell me that HTC.
  • by Jane Q. Public (1010737) on Saturday January 26, 2013 @05:36PM (#42703373)

    "So do you carry the tablet absolutely everywhere you go?"

    Do you carry a briefcase absolutely everywhere you go? Or maybe a purse? To be honest, usually I carry a small backpack. Tablet in backpack + bluetooth headset sounds good to me.

  • Re:Laugh (Score:3, Interesting)

    by maxwell demon (590494) on Saturday January 26, 2013 @05:50PM (#42703445) Journal

    The Brits probably do it best, "Mobile" is as amorphous as you can get.

    Well, in Germany we usually call it "Handy". That's even more amorphous, isn't it? :-)

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)