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Geekend: Blackberry's Passport & Phone Design's Future
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StaceyE
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10/31/2014 | 4:31:38 PM
Re: Design and functionality
@ Shakeeb

Funny you should ask this...My brother likes to use the talk-to-text feature on his phone, but he never proof reads the message before he sends it. The other day I got a really rude text message from him...I called him right away to find out why he was going to slap me down if he didn't get his money (especially since I don't owe him any). He really said that his buddy was in town and they were going to the casino to win some money....Yeah, I don't have much faith in the voice recognition capabilities of the smart phone.
StaceyE
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10/31/2014 | 4:26:20 PM
Re: I'll stick with the rectangle
@ shakeeb

I think we are going to see the cellular phone do a full circle...they started out the size of a brick and we are quickly heading back in the same direction.
StaceyE
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10/31/2014 | 2:02:39 PM
Re: Phone Shapes
@ Broadway

You are exactly right! I absolutely hate the quality when I do have to actually use my smart phone as a phone. People ask me why I have a home phone when I have a cell phone...it is because when I do make a call I want it to have some quality...so I don't have to repeat myself 50 times.
nasimson
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10/2/2014 | 11:24:53 AM
Re: Blackberry bashing
@shakeeb: Better network quality? Isn't that function of the network? The phone, blackberry or Android has very little to do with it!
Joe Stanganelli
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10/2/2014 | 12:16:09 AM
All shapes, all sizes...
LOL Dave!  I was thinking of the "Pyramid" from The Office right when I started the article!

Maybe a symmetrical trapezoid would be best...wider base for the keyboard.  ;)

And speaking of odd-shaped phones, Nokia's made some pretty wild-shaped ones too -- albeit folding/transformer-like ones.  (Can't remember the model names off the top of my head.)
SaneIT
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10/1/2014 | 7:39:42 AM
The shape of phones to come
I know that smart phones are getting bigger but I've wondered why we don't have a tapered device or something in an upside down tear drop/pear shape.  I have big hands so something like the iPhone 6 plus, Note series or even a small tablet aren't a problem for me.  I use my Note II one handed but when people borrow it to make a call I realize just how unwieldy it can be.  A smaller bottom quarter could give them the screen real estate while still being able to hold on to the thing.  I guess that causes resolution problems but some smart designer could figure this out.
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2014 | 11:48:04 PM
Re: Clever Keyboard
@Broadway0474 – I don't think Android touch screen phones work the same way no matter how much work recognition features they have.  
shakeeb
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9/30/2014 | 11:47:04 PM
Re: Clever Keyboard
@Broadway0474 – I am still using a Blackberry 8520 (old and cheap) because of its QWERTY keyboard. I could close my eyes and draft an email with it. 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2014 | 11:45:33 PM
Re: Blackberry bashing
@ nasimson – I still love blackberry over other phones, it's easy to use and has much better call quality. 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2014 | 11:44:08 PM
Re: Design and functionality
@StacyE – It's fun to tryout things on the smartphone, but sometimes when I really need voice dialing it doesn't work pretty well. 

Have you come across any such situation?
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