My first cell phone was so small that most people thought it was a toy. Back then, it did everything I needed it to do – make/ receive calls and send/ receive texts. Sure, I could only store 10 or 20 texts, but that seemed to be the only inconvenience I had with the phone.
After quite a few years, I was gifted with a new phone. Slightly bigger, but it had color display, it had a camera, and I could store quite a bit of data on it. Unfortunately, not too long after I got it, I left it in a public place, and never saw it again (I curse the thief to this day).
So a replacement phone was given to me. Functionality wise, it was between my first and second phone. It did its job, but it was nothing to rave about. It was the least favorite phone I have ever had. However, being the pragmatic that I am, I had it for quite a few years (because: If it works, why change it?).
Getting a smartphone was not something I looked forward to. My old phone started falling apart, and I felt like I needed to have a phone with Internet access (GPS). The new phones were far from what I wanted. I cut out and glued together rectangles from cardboard to imitate the size of my soon-to-be phone. This was something I carried with me for a couple of days to get used to my soon-to-arrive new phone.
To this day I keep my cell phone usage to a minimum, and I still curse its size. While plenty of people look for larger screens on their phones (so they can watch stuff/ play games, etc.), I just want my phone to fit it my pants without pulling them down to my ankles. Baggy pants hanging from halfway down your butt used to be trendy. Not anymore.
If people want bigger screens (You know you can watch TV on your actual TV, right?), then why are some companies working on foldable phones? We already had flip-phones and the like. To me, it seems like we are going back in time a little with the smartphones.
Another proof of that is a new release of the “Palm”, which is … wait for it… a phone for your phone. As you can guess from its name, it is supposed to fit in the palm of your hand. It is just a bit larger than a credit card (and a bit bulkier).
This new phone is not meant to be a primary phone. It can only be ordered by Verizon customers, and it can only be ADDED to an existing plan. So you need to have 1 phone in order to get another phone. It will run on the same number you already have, so no, it is not a second phone. I guess you can look at it as “backup”, or additional batter for when your main phone dies. (Are you excited for the prospect of carrying TWO phones with you now?)
Let me tell you what the intended purpose for this Palm phone is. There are two main reasons as to why someone might want that product.
- its size
Because it can easily fit in a pocket, or a lady’s (small) purse.
And here I was thinking that bigger is better?
- its ability to minimize the amount of notifications
So that you can go out to dinner, or clubbing (or whatever) without having to pull your phone out every 5 seconds due to incoming notifications, emails and calls.
But I thought that we had to be connected to the World Wide Web 24/7?
That way you can leave your phone at home after hours, and just take your mini phone when you go out.
What is sacrificed in this phone? Obviously, the battery life. It is not meant to be your main phone, remember? The camera is also TERRIBLE – 12 megapixel rear and 8 megapixel selfie camera. The “terrible” was just my sarcasm, because I look back to when I had a digital camera with 5 (?) megapixels and it was THE BOMB.
The feature that I really like is the energy conserving one. It prolongs your battery life, as well as it cuts off data/ wifi usage AND blocks any calls/ texts if the screen is not engaged. I think that is something a lot of us could use.
It seems to me like instead of working on a better phone (smaller, healthier), we just think of gimmicks (extra phones). Instead of solving the problem, we just think of a band-aid. What do YOU think?
Would you get a Palm?
What do you look for in a cell phone?
Does size matter?
How many phones have you gone through in your life?
Do you change your phones often?
When is it time to get a new phone?
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