Monday, February 02, 2009

NEEDED: A SMART PHONE, NOT A GENIUS PHONE

Attention cell phone device manufacturers, you are ignoring a large and growing demographic of users - retiring baby boomers. What is needed is a smart phone that does not have every imaginable application, bell and whistle known to geekdom. What is needed is a device that is: a phone, a camera, a qwerty keyboard text messaging device (with a very accessible keyboard for aging eyes), an internet browser, and a simple calendar and address book. I can't find such a device - all I find is phones on steroids (I actually have one of the latter, but I know people who want a much simpler device in their purse or pocket).

And, by the way, you mobile phone service providers, how about a simplified plan to go with the simplified device?

There's money to be made if you look beyond the kid generation.

2 comments:

Maureen said...

Problem? Opportunity? They're probably working on it, but who knows.

Tiffany said...

As someone who was late to the iPhone party and a sceptic - I have to admit, I've become a convert. When I first got my iPhone I took off everything I didn't use - stock quotes, stuff like that. Then I added stuff I do use - London A-Z, a tube map, a conversion app (to do kilometers to miles and currency exchange) and a flashlight.

Now I love my iPhone - although it's not a phone that I'd want to talk a long time on (my old clamshell was much better for that) but most people here in the UK text rather than talk anyways.

The things I use most on my iPhone are: weather (I can check out the weather in Portland!), alarm clock, world clock (so I can see if it's too early to call my mom), calculator, conversions, phonebook & calendar (both of which sync with my MacBook) and if I go into London, the A-Z and tube map. Occasionally I'll even use it as a phone. :-) Oh, plus I can check things on the internet if I need to (i.e. how late is Harrods open?) or check my email if I'm bored.

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