1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

News Smartphones outsell feature phones for first time

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by arcticstoat, 12 Sep 2011.

  1. arcticstoat

    arcticstoat New Member

    Joined:
    19 May 2004
    Posts:
    916
    Likes Received:
    13
  2. V3ctor

    V3ctor Tech addict...

    Joined:
    10 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    583
    Likes Received:
    2
    Even my mother has a smartphone, and she hates mobile phones... using touch screen was the best thing that could happen to a phone :D
     
  3. the-beast

    the-beast New Member

    Joined:
    10 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    68
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have a feature phone, as I can not afford a smart phone :(
     
  4. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    26 Apr 2006
    Posts:
    5,257
    Likes Received:
    88
    I use a "feature Phone" regularly due to high cost of using the smartphone here in Germany.
    Also, use of the internet connection is not covered by usual "pre-paid" conditions here.
    So people buy a Phone, load up 10€, use the net and get a bill over 1000€.
    Legislation is slowly changing though, so we might get some interesting tariffs.

    Also, roaming is ridiculously expensive.
     
  5. dunx

    dunx ITX is where it's at !

    Joined:
    1 Sep 2010
    Posts:
    463
    Likes Received:
    13
    Work provide me with a cheap nasty Nokia that does calls and txt. in monochrome...

    What else do I need ?

    dunx
     
  6. dyzophoria

    dyzophoria Member

    Joined:
    3 May 2004
    Posts:
    392
    Likes Received:
    1
    honestly my new smartphone (issued by the office) based on android, was better as a GPS device than the old handheld unit we had, and actually helped us better on our long range radio communications on getting the damn things aligned, and I couldn't ever think before that I would find such an awesome use for a smartphone,lol
     
  7. schmidtbag

    schmidtbag New Member

    Joined:
    30 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    1,082
    Likes Received:
    10
    no, it isn't. the keyboard on phones is much more practical. keyboards are so much faster to use, so much more responsive, and neither the keyboard nor your fingers get in the way of the screen. touch screens are good for navigation but otherwise they're just gimmicky and inefficient.
     
  8. Apocalypso

    Apocalypso Fully armed and operational.

    Joined:
    15 Sep 2007
    Posts:
    1,141
    Likes Received:
    68
    In your opinion.

    I would say a capacitative touchscreen allows a user to type faster than on a mechanical keyboard simply by virtue of little to no resistance when registering the keypress.
     
  9. Taffy

    Taffy Folding for Margaret 17/3/2011 RIP

    Joined:
    23 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    561
    Likes Received:
    12
    I use a smartphone on PASYG because thats all I need, I could do with a simple phone , calls and text, plus a decent camera, but I cannot find one foe PASYG
     
  10. Taffy

    Taffy Folding for Margaret 17/3/2011 RIP

    Joined:
    23 Apr 2009
    Posts:
    561
    Likes Received:
    12
    OOps that should read a simple Nokia NOT a smartphone
     
  11. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    26 Apr 2006
    Posts:
    5,257
    Likes Received:
    88
    Are there any smartphones out there that have a decent standby-and-call time?
    Like a week standbytime@10 mins calls a day and some texts?
     
  12. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

    Joined:
    26 Jul 2006
    Posts:
    2,287
    Likes Received:
    28
    I sit in front of a computer at work all day and have one in almost every room of my house - I have not found any need for a smart phone. Besides that, Canada has some of the highest cost plans in the world (link1) (link 2). I'm not giving those greedy people any more money than I have to.

    Occasionally I'd like to be able to look something up while on the road or in a restaurant but I can live with a bit of delay in looking up things - especially since waiting just a little is a lot more cost effective.
     
    Last edited: 12 Sep 2011
  13. Zinfandel

    Zinfandel Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    2 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    3,233
    Likes Received:
    176
    I have an LG Optimus GT540 and pay £10 a month for 250 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited internet.

    Giff Gaff rock.
     
  14. PCBuilderSven

    PCBuilderSven New Member

    Joined:
    3 Oct 2010
    Posts:
    130
    Likes Received:
    1
    Probably because Stephen Elop (CEO of Nokia - previously the biggest feature, and smart, phone maker) is doing everything he can to stop people buying Nokia phones. Since really Nokia were the only people who still made feature phones and now no-one makes featurephones anymore nobody can buy them.
     
  15. V3ctor

    V3ctor Tech addict...

    Joined:
    10 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    583
    Likes Received:
    2
    She hated the buttons, she's very old, and using the touchscreen she can even send me messages, something that she didn't care about when she had old phones.

    It's easier to use than old phones...
     
  16. SlowMotionSuicide

    SlowMotionSuicide Come Hell or High Water

    Joined:
    16 May 2009
    Posts:
    835
    Likes Received:
    20
    Where did all these smartphone-hating luddites suddenly crawled from?

    Go back to burning looms or something, this site is for tech enthusiasts.
     
  17. malcolm

    malcolm New Member

    Joined:
    8 Mar 2004
    Posts:
    108
    Likes Received:
    0
    Nah, no tactile feedback is crap.

    Same, and the answer is of course nothing.

    Which is totally negated by actually having to look every time you try and press a virtual button to see if it worked. Tactile feedback > touch screen buttons every time a coconut. Shouldn't be too long before touch screens with tactile feedback get here though.

    No. I think my 1 yo Nokia still does 10 days though.

    Ah huh... I'm guessing you're probably a pron enthusiast, but I bet you're not into interracial goat pron?

    You can be enthusiastic about some techs and not others.

    FWIW I have had them since things like the PPC2002 HTCs, as we develop for them. For their primary purpose they're all just varying degrees of crap compared to the trusty do nothing Nokia. For everything else I use a little foresight about my day, a netbook, and a life.
     
  18. Floyd

    Floyd Wire Twister

    Joined:
    4 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    288
    Likes Received:
    1
    My Droid Bionic approves of this message :) I got it on launch day and have been happy since. Before that I had the OG Droid and the performance was night and day.
     
  19. Wicked_Sludge

    Wicked_Sludge My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

    Joined:
    15 Aug 2010
    Posts:
    2,231
    Likes Received:
    80
    ive got a "feature" phone...if you can call it that. its a pay-as-you-go no-contract motorola with basic text and calls. the only thing i wish it had was T9...as typing out every letter on a 10-key is a bit time consuming.
     
  20. Apocalypso

    Apocalypso Fully armed and operational.

    Joined:
    15 Sep 2007
    Posts:
    1,141
    Likes Received:
    68
    Which I don't have a problem and isn't an issue for many people that I know.

    It sounds like you're justifying your own inability to type fluidly on a touchscreen as a problem with the hardware as a whole.

    I don't like mechanical keyboards but I'm not about to dress it up as anything other than personal preference.
     
    Last edited: 13 Sep 2011

Share This Page