Thinning Down

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The world is flat, especially online. An ad-hoc small group comparison clearly favored the new Samsung i320 Smartphone. The thinness is striking…. And it has a 1.3MP camera and 120MB of memory for the flickrites.

The ergonomic loser is the Sony Ericsson M600i with the infamous feel of the IBM PCjr keyboard, and the Nokia clamshell.

The Blackberry, Treo and Nokia E61 are looking fat, not phat.

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  1. Todd Huffman 93 months ago | reply

    Good to know, I'm on the market for some new shiny-blinky.

  2. artwitness 93 months ago | reply

    Back in '92 before Apple made its comeback with the iMac a friend of mine chatted me up about the future of computing. He said, "Computers will truly have arrived when people ask what color they can get one in rather than what speed."

    It still blows me away that each one of these devices has more power than all of Mission Control during the Apollo program and Bletchley Park combined, and we try to figure out which one will make the least conspicuous bulge in our blazer.

    Well at least I do.

    And yes this makes me one helluva buzzkill at parties.

  3. drona 93 months ago | reply

    Besides flatness there's also the issue of "how many times do you make the user click a button to get her what she wants". The OS and the UI/apps play a big role in consumer adoption of these devices. For example the new ultra thin Motodevice with all it's sleekness and practically the same wheel click hardware is less popular than the Blackberry as an Email device (VIP app for corp users)

    Thin is in, but I think Samsung also paid very careful attention to a sweet list of feature sets(in addition to email): Music, Bluetooth, Video Play and Camera. They're targeting this product for a broader demographic than either the Moto or Palm products which I think were designed just for corporate users. For Flickrers I agree the i320 wins hands down.

    The only other feature I would add would be wifi with a skype client on the i320 and I think it then it would be perrrrfect. Maybe next release!

  4. jurvetson 93 months ago | reply

    music to my ears! Visto + Skype on the deck.

    hey, my Dad just noticed a visual similarity to the Swedish team's projectile array in the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships

  5. benjiman 93 months ago | reply

    I'll have to take a look at the i320 too. I was hopefull for the Moto Q, but I'm not wild about Windoze Mobile (Or is it "CE" these days?) and DAMN, mobile UI design SUX.

    There is work to be done there. Is the Samsung UI usable? I really tire of loving the physical form factor of my mobile devices, while hating the UI experience. THEY BOTH MATTER. Duh.

    End rant.

  6. drona 93 months ago | reply

    If the device has Wifi capability then the wifi radio makes it run hotter and thus uncomfortable to use. "They"/aka chip designers et al, haven't figured out how to make them run at lower power. There's only one phone, made by the Taiwanese HTC company, a rather bulky handset, which offers all of the above + wifi and skype. They've offered this in conjunction with Cingular. I've played with it, it has a Danger type slide away full QWERTY keyboard. Not a bad combination -- but the Window Mobile OS, yuk!

    The open question is why will carriers at large support Wifi with Skype -- and undermine their own calling plans?

    PS: Mobile phone throwing: Love it!

  7. Deadhead Daisy 93 months ago | reply

    When is the i320 going to be released? I have been looking at the Treo 700, but there is a second release on that one in October I think...but the i320 has been recommended by a couple of people, the windows os is the only draw back, so now I am very interested in that one. Right now my heart belongs to my Sanyo 9000.

  8. jurvetson 93 months ago | reply

    dead daisy: not sure.... this one was bought overseas in the gray market....

    drona: the 3G carriers like it because they realize the future will be data dial tone, and voice is just an application. Traditional carriers do not want this to happen, per se, but they struggle to block it (they work with Cisco and Nokia basestation groups to try to add static (Mexico) or block VOIP calls. Nokia and Cisco have different divisions that sell arms to both sides of the war).

    The forthcoming phones with wifi built-in were not originally developed with Skype in mind. They wanted better in-building signal penetration, so Moto and others developed a way to hand off a call to wifi when in-building. It's a simple hack to add Skype to those phones, and the question for the carriers is the same as the ISPs - do they want to interfere with VOIP and data services or maintain net neutrality.

    And carrier-free wifi phones with Skype pre-installed (e.g., Netgear SPH101) provide some external competition to carrier attempts to be internally anti-competitive.

  9. Bobby 9 Fingers 93 months ago | reply

    Mmmm the Nokia E61 is looking better and better...

  10. jurvetson 93 months ago | reply

    And for those who believe.... From AppleInsider:

    "Wu noted the challenges companies face when trying to produce a converged product of high quality. However, he said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs "is finally satisfied with the end product Apple engineers have produced in terms of quality and the right blend of cell phone and portable media player."

  11. benjiman 93 months ago | reply

    Ooooo... La La Sasooon!

    I was SO close to picking up a Nano the other day. My 3rd gen iPod is crusty at this point.

    Now I have yet another reason to wait!

  12. agahran 89 months ago | reply

    Thanks for posting this photo with a CC license. I used it as an illustration for this post on the Poynter Institute's blog E-Media Tidbits:

    www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=31&aid=115553

    - Amy Gahran

  13. cfans12 82 months ago | reply

    Nice! Are they all your phones? I would get a Razr for Verizon Wireless, but I'm getting tired of the old styling! The Nokia smartphone flip-up thingy has too old styling for me! I'd LOVE a MotoQ, but they are too expensive. :( Maybe I'll try for the RIM BlackBerry 8830 World Edition. :) The T-Mobile Dash is nice, but still not as sleek and cool as the Q and 8830 W.E. The Samsung i230 is cool, but copies the design of some BlackBerry models, so I'd go with the BlackJack, even if it copies the MotoQ Black. The Sony-Ericsson M600i is cool, but to Japanese-looking to me! The BlackBerry is too fat for me, but new enough for me! I LOVE the Treo Palm because of the touch-screen, but again, it's too expensive for me right now. :(

  14. music10v3r 69 months ago | reply

    i hae the black moto q for sprint

    i loveee it

    but im getting an iphone in may when our contract goes out!! :)))))

  15. John Nickolls 48 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Mobile Phones of the World, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  16. richardmaun 42 months ago | reply

    nice pic and I borrowed it for my blog, linked to you and credited to you. Cheers!

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