All the pecies better not fall apart when ever i drop my phone because would be crazy to gather all the peices when ever they fell off
So, today I will buy a phone, in 3 or 4 years time it gets slow, old or I just get fed up with it and buy a new one.
Now I can buy a phone, don't like the cam, I will buy a new one, cpu gets slow I will buy another and after 3 or 4 years get fed up with with the thing or it is all broken down and I buy a new one.... Plus, I bet this will be much more expensive.
Great way to spend.....ah.......to SAVE money!
lol, 16 Apr 2014and 64kb of ram is plenty, right ?Did you reply to wrong person?
Anonymous, 16 Apr 2014Interesting concept, definitely. I can see manufacturing bulking, since this will potential... moreThis is exactly what I thought. I won't believe in ARA until I see one on the shelf.
Where is the idea that a modular phone can be cheaper to build and sell coming from?
All the extra complexity ,connecting part and interfaces will not come free. Parts looks to require more miniaturization and precision manufacturing.
Honestly try comparing it to a regular phone.
will it be more compact and slick?
Will it be more affordable?
Will it be more stable?
will new modules sufficient enough to keep up?
will you really keep it for 3 years or longer?
Interesting concept, definitely.
I can see manufacturing bulking, since this will potentially offer a much cheaper upgrade path and the spec fiends will just be buying a module, instead of a whole new phone.
I also don't know that Google as a company has the focus to take this to market in a complete and useful way, as they often come up with great ideas, only to abandon them.
AnonD-254871, 16 Apr 2014Any way research is not about being sensible . its about being different and crazy . Keep it ... morePoint is, you can't be crazy if you're a huge, dumb corporation, even if you are called google; it happened with google glass before and it will happen with this. Small companies are great at innovation because they act fast and driven by the smartest people but when 100 people have to agree just for a feature nothing goes the way it should.
This is something that would have been great as a school project financed by google, just that, it's not something to throw billions in, people want to use phones, not try to build their own.
99% of consumers can't even name a single spec except for the camera MP and they want people to choose their parts and assemble them.
AnonD-254871, 16 Apr 2014Neither I am a tech expert nor am I an avid smartphone user but I seriously doubt project ara ... moreAny way research is not about being sensible . its about being different and crazy . Keep it up google
This will only attract small amount of consumers like how only a very few people assemble their own computers.
lol, 16 Apr 2014cool...but set to fail. Regular smart phones will:
1. Look better
2. Be cheaper
3. Be more ... moreso true.
I can't believe they are going ahead and make this.
It will be a very compromised product.
I can wait to see it selling next to all the next year phone.
Neither I am a tech expert nor am I an avid smartphone user but I seriously doubt project ara would do any thing radically new or different from thw current trend .
Firstly what google is promising is customizability . But isn't customizability already there in the market today . We have thousands of different phones different configurations , different designs , different manufacturers to choose from .
Secondly what they say is that we don't have to buy new phones every time . But every time we have to buy different modules any way. how much is it going to save our money is questionable . isn't buying a new phone ( keeping the old one intact ) seem cooler than buying modules for the same old phone . Monotonous ?
Thirdly does this help in driving any innovation . I doubt it . What oems today have is the liberty and artistic freedom to play with different designs that can accommodate the latest technology ( take nokias 41 megapixel camera for example . If we restrict them to only one design how can they innovate .
cool...but set to fail. Regular smart phones will:
1. Look better
2. Be cheaper
3. Be more stable
..I dont believe that there will be even one combination of an Ara smartphone that is not on the market already and with at least one of the 3 statements above true.
I Imagin there will be a place for different kind of "manufacturers", those which are not Samsung, Sony, LG, Apple or whatever but small companies who will put a phone together for you.
Of course, one could do it easily at home (like a PC at the moment), but for a reasonably small fee many will prefer preassembled phone which they could later fine tune.
5 to 6 years is an eternity in the mobile technology. A lot of components have changed and new technologies have been realized in the last 5 years. Most old components are not compatible with newer parts and they cannot function as an efficient entirety. Who knows what the future will bring, which new technologies will be invented. The smartphone industry may change radically. Now, Google "is innovating" by maintaining the today's form of the smartphone and by allowing to change components. IMO this is an approach which won't bring anything constructive to the smartphone development. It's like thinking the industry just has to improve some components and the business will flourish. As an innovation I imagine a smaller phone, let's say a phone in a form of a pencil, very compact, but with a projective screen.