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At least, the current offerings.

I hate phones that want to be anything more than a phone, honestly. I need to get a new one, badly, and I'm absolutely hating the options. I want long battery life, light, easy to read screen, flip-phone, and a slim callerid/digital clock on the outside. And sure, one of my big hates is just the current user interface--crappy, crappy, crappy. But you're not going to make a cellphone with a better optical zoom than the camera I'm already carrying around, so I don't need that shit. And I don't have _any_ interest watching video. And I don't really want to listen to music on it. And...

I can see the bonus to having actual videophones, though that's still going to be a hellish culture shock when it hits mainstream... but I don't want to pay for it.


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Nov. 3rd, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
I like the camera option for taking pics of stuff that I want to remember. Find a book I like and want to add to my Amazon wish list? Snap a pic of it. Need to remember the dimensions on a storage shed at Home Depot? Snap a pic of it. It's nice for that. :-)

Key phone essentials:
- long battery life
- durable (VERY important with me!)
- basic camera
- reminder function
- Tetris :-)
- ability to have different ringtones for different callers
- caller ID/clock on the front
- flip phone
- ability to customize hotkeys, rather than what some engineer or designer somewhere thinks I'll need the most access to (my old phone had a single customizable hotkey, and I always complained about only having one until I got this one, which has NONE. Ugh. I hate having to hit three keys to get to my calendar.)
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
durable is iffy, for me. I don't exactly _care_ for things, but I don't tend to put them through a lot of stress, either.

I already carry a camera, so that's certainly not needed.

I don't want a calendar/reminder system, and don't use the different ringtones feature at all. Maybe if I could organize that on my computer, but I'm not about to use the phone's interface.

I don't have any interest in playing a game on my cellphone--see 'long battery life' ;)

and I've never had a customizable hotkey. would be nice; would be nice to customize the entire friggin' interface.

I call people, I answer the phone, and I set the alarm. That's about it.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
I'd be lost without the reminder function on my phone! :-)
Nov. 4th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
i think you should go ahead and buy nokia 1100 ...
Nov. 3rd, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
yuck.. cell phones... I haven't broken down and bought one yet.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
I like actually having one. People don't call me much. And I certainly never feel obligated to actually answer it. It's all about making my life more convenient. :)
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
hmm.. I guess i haven't had much need for one yet... I'm usually at home or at work... if I'm not I am usually somewhere where I don't want to be bothered...
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)
At home, I don't want to worry about where the home phone is--and I've moved so many times, the cell number's been the only constant. Now I've got a house, but I don't even know the home number.

At work... well, it's not a given when I'll be at work, or at my desk, or whatever. And again, I've changed jobs enough times... :)

As for not wanting to be bothered, phone off--no problem.

But I can see it as an unnecessary expense/worry.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
yeah... at home... I don't have cordless phones so I always know where the phone is at :-P Sounds like you have a busy job(s)! I'm somewhere in the building the whole time at work.
I figured if I get a cellphone, it would be to replace my home phone... My sis and one of my brothers have done that, no home phones, only the cell, it works out fine for them.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm in the building somewhere--and it's a small building. And I'm _probably_ at my computer. But any call that comes in has to be routed through a human.
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Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
oh yeah... I don't like them much either... some people have no etiquette, and it's kind of annoying all the funky ringtones going off.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
There I can certainly agree with you.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
beautiful. :)
Nov. 3rd, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
A Man After My Own Heart
"I call people, I answer the phone, and I set the alarm. That's about it."

Clap, clap, clap. (More applause.) That's all I want in a phone as well! I don't want to narrow my eyesight down to narrower and narrower margins; reading books and using the computer already does that. Everything they add to a phone just makes it more annoying. I don't have the video or camera capability, but the little flippie phone has everything else. I love the look, though -- it's so futuristic (and in my future I want things to look clean, neat, streamlined).

I like modern convenience; I dislike modern packaging to make me do more things at once and enjoy them less.

Nov. 3rd, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
Here here!
I don't like cell phones and the only time I'll own one is when Rumsfeld himself comes over to my place in a tank and tells me that either I get a cell phone or I get a 105mm shell up my ass.

From what I do know about cell phones, it sounds like they should be working on making the connection better and more available, not adding useless features like video.

Once I get that damn flux capacitor in the mail and finish my time machine, I'm going to go back to 1987 or whenever it was and blow up the companies that started the cell phone business. Very few people need them, yet everyone and his dog has one.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
videophone = $900 around here; I fear the monthly cost.
Nov. 4th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
I don't have a cell phone either, and it would take a really good reason
for me to break down and buy one.
Nov. 5th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
My company broke me down and made me get one. I make them pay for it completely. I only use it for them and calling my wife. Once in a while I talk to friends on it.

I never wanted one before, but they are kinda handy when trying to coordinate family stuff.

I like the camera feature. I can take funny pictures and set them to show up when people call. it makes me laugh. At least the damn thing can bring some joy. It also has replaced the "photos in the wallet" thing. I can keep shots of the family in it.

*sigh* another assimilated jew.
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