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Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now 618

Velcroman1 writes "Androids are awesome, iPhones impressive ... but dumbphones still dominate. Of the 234 million cell phone users in America last year, a dominating 73 percent own traditional (aka non-smart) devices, according to market researcher comScore. Despite their more popular mindshare, intelligent devices like the Apple iPhone and phones based on Google's Android operating system own barely a quarter of the market."
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Why Dumbphones Still Dominate, For Now

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 11, 2011 @09:55AM (#35173202)

    and on fox news. Who'da thunk it?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 11, 2011 @10:16AM (#35173502)
    its a European Shoulder Bag...
  • by AntEater ( 16627 ) on Friday February 11, 2011 @12:14PM (#35175394) Homepage

    So on the half-hour bus ride to and from work, how do you recommend that someone start a conversation with a stranger without causing a major faux pas?

    Pass them a beer? It's a great conversation opener. You must not ride the bus often.

  • by Tharsman ( 1364603 ) on Friday February 11, 2011 @12:35PM (#35175726)

    I have a $320 MSI netbook and a cheap data plan that does a lot more than I could with any smart phone. It only weighs maybe 2 pounds more and I can easily carry it in my satchel.

    So, basically, I could buy a $200 more expensive phone and lose a lot of functionality to gain a small bit of convenience, or I could just keep using the netbook to do remote work when I need it.

    Smartphones are toys, and at their current cost, they're not compelling toys for more people. They either need to increase their functionality to match netbooks and laptops or they need to drop in price to be more commensurate with their actual usefulness before they become widely accepted as the norm.

    Opening up the netbook and using it as a GPS while driving has to be super fun! And I cant imagine the envy eyes in the subway when people see me take out a netbook to browse the web! And opening up the computer in the middle of a BestBuy to browse for potentially lower prices for stuff you just saw, all the tekkies there will drool at the sight of my super netbook!!! Man, I was such a fool getting myself a smartphone, I should had bought a netbook with a dataplan!!!

Someday somebody has got to decide whether the typewriter is the machine, or the person who operates it.