Mobile phones are used for a variety of purposes, mainly to keep in touch with family members, conducting business and having communication access to a reliable source for help in the event of an emergency. Now that the phones are becoming smart, are these phones really smart? Since the indiblogger meet that attended yesterday, I have been thinking of buying a new ‘Smart’ phone. Though I won the ‘Spirit of Bangalore‘ photo contest there, I had to use a laptop at the venue to send my photo to the contest. If I had the phone with ‘smart’ features, probably I wouldn’t have to rely on the computers! Just to be sure about my requirements, decided to do a thorough analysis of what is my need against what is available in the market. Well, these are the points that ponder in my mind when I think of ‘smart’ phones.
1. Good Phone – Smart phone should be a phone before it can add the prefix ‘smart’ to itself. Take an example of the latest iPhone 4, if the calls are getting dropped intermittently because of a faulty design, do you think it is really smart? Not sure about the device and it usage as a basic phone, but my strong contention is that Apple made a fool out of all by hyping the product as if there is nothing like it!!! Well, point taken about their credibility and the kind of demonstrated innovation they have bought in the past. As long as the basic purpose of a phone is not served 100%, I refuse to accept it as the ‘SMART’ phone.
2. Better data rate – Given that we are living in the era of 3G, we do have high expectations when it comes to the rate at which data can be transmitted using the mobile device. Patience has no space in the modern times where in people can wait, everything has to happen in fly. In developing countries like India, majority of the mainstream cities have access to latest technologies. how about the second tier and third tier cities? We need to have our ‘smart’ phones capable of falling back to previous versions without having to make any modifications. After all that is a requirement on my agenda though!
3. Battery life – With the number of apps on smart phones, the battery drains out real fast. Android based phones are classic example for this. The current antique phone that I have is Sony Ericsson K750i which I charge hardly about 2 times a week! That is good enough for me for the kind of usage pattern I have. But I would expect a revolution in the battery life too with so many features getting into the ‘smart phones’.
Recently got to know about a new smart phone in the market called ‘One Touch Net Phone’ from Tata Docomo in association with Alcatel device and Yahoo! apps. I went through the specs and I found the following features to be really interesting.
- SMS+ : A feature to send timed SMS, interesting isn’t it?
- Dive In WAP Portal access @ no monthly rental or activation charges for downloading entertainment stuff. Living up to the innovation in breaking the price barriers in the mobile tariffs by Tata!
- Portfolio manager – The specs talk about BSE and NSE. How about an option to get updates on foreign markets including nasdaq? There is an app by Yahoo! Finance already! Is it available as a bundle along with other Yahoo! Apps?
- Conference call up to 5 people – Do we really need it on a mobile?
Apart from these, the apps part is completely collaborated with Yahoo! Not sure how many of you are aware of Yahoo! Social Pulse, a product that is close to me because the components that I work on are closely associated to this!. With Y! Pulse, you can see all your contacts updates from Twitter, Facebook & Yahoo! in one place. This is an awesome place to see all the updates from your social network buddies and respond to those as needed through one place instead of visiting multiple sites. If you haven’t explored, go ahead and check it out now!
Then this mobile also has Yahoo! Calendar – you can seamlessly sync data with Y! calendar on the web through the app. I store all the important dates there including friends b’days, anniversaries etc., using Yahoo! calendar.
The most important thing for me as a blogger is to capture a photo on the go and share it on Flickr! From there I can either chose to blog about it or add it to my already existing albums. Looks to be a good product for me. Anybody has a review on this? I may be interested in adding more apps as the demands evolve!