1. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Just found this gem of an idea for how to move phones forward. Customisable smartphone components. Can anyone say "OH YES!"

    09-11-2013 09:30 PM
  2. jmshub's Avatar
    This is an idea that I love on paper, but it just cannot work in practice.. The economics of the market don't allow for it. All of the interconnects would make a new telephone much more expensive, thicker, heavier, and very probably less reliable and less durable.
    Last edited by jmshub; 09-11-2013 at 11:16 PM. Reason: grammatical error
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    09-11-2013 10:39 PM
  3. Amritash Pathania's Avatar
    A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it's often just one part which killed it we throw everything away since it's almost impossible to repair or upgrade.
    09-16-2013 08:24 AM
  4. DBDev's Avatar
    It looks really nice! Hope you can choose what os you want to use too
    09-16-2013 02:28 PM
  5. berty6294's Avatar
    Never. Form factor is disgusting, let alone this is an engineering nightmare lol
    09-16-2013 02:35 PM
  6. CJ Thunder's Avatar
    Never. Form factor is disgusting, let alone this is an engineering nightmare lol
    End user doesn't care about the engineering. Its a black slab, like the rest.
    09-16-2013 02:45 PM
  7. Amritash Pathania's Avatar
    If this happens! I will buy this.
    09-16-2013 03:39 PM
  8. Amritash Pathania's Avatar
    Please continue the discussion
    09-18-2013 01:33 PM
  9. Coreldan's Avatar
    Wouldn't even consider it in that form. If someone could make an amazing Nokia like robust design while allowing this, sure, maybe then, but I guess it's obvious it won't quite happen in that form.
    09-18-2013 01:40 PM
  10. Talbot690's Avatar
    I like it, depending os i would probably get this, although id like to know how this design would hold up to being dropped.. I can imagine all the little pieces coming off the base and flying in all directions. Maybe there could be a thin case to insure it stays together... Actually now im unsure of this design even more, still more innovative than iPhone!
    09-19-2013 06:03 PM
  11. Ridemyscooter86's Avatar
    It won't happen. Its an Open-platform and they are forgetting one major thing, Open platforms don't really make money. There might be a couple of exceptions to this but, Microsoft won't be on board, Apple definitely won't be on board, and I think the average person won't want to bother with this, they want a phone that just works without assembly. It seems more like a phone specifically for tech enthusiasts, but the maker of the video doesn't seem to understand much about engineering or the phone industry in general...
    09-19-2013 06:29 PM
  12. xandros9's Avatar
    If it looks like that, no.

    My idea would be a relatively easily opened phone, accessing different components which are modular and not soldered down. Not necessarily to the extent of the bloks shown.
    Four screws off the back or a sort of sliding magnetic mechanism (something i though of), and voila, access to the battery, modular flash modules (although with some changes, because theft and potential data loss become a potential problem), modular everything hehe.
    09-19-2013 07:34 PM
  13. vryque's Avatar
    it could happen, but not in that form, think of the pc upgradable ram, cpu etc.
    09-19-2013 07:47 PM
  14. FinancialP's Avatar
    Further explained in video format nightmare as stated already:
    09-19-2013 07:51 PM
  15. edoug's Avatar
    I can't imagine what a frankenphone this would be.
    09-21-2013 08:22 AM
  16. palandri's Avatar
    09-28-2013 05:00 PM
  17. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    That's a really cool video. Now, what would be even cooler, 3d printing my phone, and just put in the hardware myself, like people who make their own PCs.
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    09-28-2013 05:06 PM
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    09-28-2013 07:48 PM
  19. Amritash Pathania's Avatar
    09-29-2013 12:02 PM
  20. mjrtoo's Avatar
    Now when you drop your phone it shatters into 50 cubes you have to hunt down...sounds awesome...
    09-29-2013 12:04 PM
  21. SnailUK's Avatar
    Interesting that Motorola are now looking at something like this too..

    AnandTech | Motorola's Project Ara: Phonebloks from an OEM
    10-29-2013 09:06 AM
  22. radmanvr's Avatar
    I would love to build my own phone like I've built my own computer but I don't think this would be easy to implement. There are only so many bloks you can use and a slot of OEMs out there.
    01-03-2014 09:01 AM
  23. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Imagine if you could get a twin OS slot in there. So for example I could get both Android AND Windows Phone. Then I would shove in a Nokia camera, a huge battery, and WiFi, etc. Don't forget the front facing camera though! Hard drive would be a respectable 64GB with microSD support

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    01-06-2014 03:18 AM