I’ve been a smartphone user for a few years now. The funny thing is that about 90% of the features of a smartphone I don’t care about. Here is the list of things I don’t need my phone to be able to do:
- Play music/MP3
- Play video/watch TV
- Play games
- GPS navigation
- Make fart noises
- Twitter, Facebook and 99% of the Internet
Now, here is a list of all the features a phone needs for me to love it:
- Make/receive phone calls
- Text messaging with a full keyboard because I 442833 trying to type with a 12 key phone pad
- Sync my contacts with other sources like Google or Exchange over the air
That’s it. Really. So simple, and yet no one does it. At least not that 3rd point, unless you get a full blown smartphone and pay $70-$100 a month for service. Sure, a camera on the phone is nice, but I don’t need it and use it so rarely that I wouldn’t miss it if it were gone. But its the contact sync that is the deal breaker. Every non-smartphone I’ve owned could sync, but you have to buy software and connect it to your PC to do it. Lame.
I could be wrong. Maybe there is a phone out there that does just what I need and doesn’t require a large monthly payment for service. But if there is, I haven’t found it yet.