From: Bruce Lane
Subject: Re: Cell Phone Overkill
Date: Sat, 18 Jan 2003 23:12:16 -0800
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> Does anybody make a simple cell phone?
> All I want to do is make calls and get them. I would also like an
> address book and a real on/off switch.
> My current cell phone has 256 functions, half of which I don't
> understand. Who uses this crap?
I share your frustration. I would happily trade things like color
display and interchangeable faceplates for a unit that is built about
half again larger than the biggest portable now available (in other
words, something that properly fits my huge hands!), and that is designed
to easily withstand getting rained on, dropped, etc.
My vision-impaired wife would like nothing more than to find a unit
which has a simple black housing, large black buttons with bright white
lettering, and a display with enough contrast to be readable by someone
who has less-than-optimum vision.
Unfortunately, most of the cellphone manufacturers seem to have
decided that the darn things are now fashion accessories as opposed to
the useful tools that they could still be, if more attention was paid to
functionality over fluff. They have, so far as I can tell, built them
all to have limited lifetimes, flashy colors, buttons that Tinkerbell
would have problems with, and enough "features" to leave a Japanese
If you do find a phone that gives more consideration to being
practical and usable, as opposed to one that tries to do everything
except clean one's arse after a pit-stop, please let me know.
Bruce Lane, Owner and Head Hardware Heavy,
Blue Feather Technologies -- http://www.bluefeathertech.com
Amateur Radio: KC7GR (Formerly WD6EOS) since 12-77.
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