1. s2korpio's Avatar
    It seriously makes me wonder why a huge screen would have more benefit as a personal phone. Let me put the emphasis on personal.

    "Personal".

    Let me tell you guys what happened. I was on a bus ride back home, a long one. I felt really sleepy, so I let my head slip to the side and rest on my shoulder. Then I notice a woman that's sitting beside me is busily tapping away at her Galaxy Note.

    Its more than that, I can see everything she's doing on her phablet, and I wasn't even making an effort to peek into her phone business.

    So here's the question guys, does in-public privacy matters anymore when someone can peek easily into whatever you're doing into your phone without even making an effort? Are companies trying to kill the personal phone here? As for media capabilities sure a huge screen is great, but when you're about to do something personal, like typing a message to your friends, or dialling in a number, don't you think the risks of exposing that would be too great because of a huge screen with wide angle view?

    If you're feeling lost about what I'm getting at: I'm questioning about the privacy of in-public use of your personal phone, because companies are bringing in bigger and bigger screens with a wide viewing angles where everyone can see it without much effort.
    Last edited by s2korpio; 10-08-2012 at 03:53 AM.
    10-08-2012 12:24 AM
  2. VagrantWade's Avatar
    It seriously makes me wonder why a huge screen would have more benefit as a personal phone. Let me put the emphasis on personal.

    "Personal".

    Let me tell you guys what happened. I was on a bus ride back home, a long one. I felt really sleepy, so I let my head slip to the side and rest on my shoulder. Then I notice a woman that's sitting beside me is busily tapping away at her Galaxy Note.

    Its more than that, I can see everything she's doing on her phablet, and I wasn't even making an effort to peek into her phone business.

    So here's the question guys, does privacy matters anymore when someone can peek easily into whatever you're doing into your phone without even making an effort? Are companies trying to kill the personal phone here? As for media capabilities sure a huge screen is great, but when you're about to do something personal, like typing a message to your friends, or dialling in a number, don't you think the risks of exposing that would be too great because of a huge screen with wide angle view?

    If you're feeling lost about what I'm getting at: I'm questioning about the future of privacy on personal phones, because companies are bringing in bigger and bigger screens with a wide viewing angles where everyone can see it without much effort.

    Does anyone care about privacy? Or is it dead (at least, on mobile phones)?
    I hate phablets. But no I don't care about privacy with my cell phone. I'm not exactly discussing nuclear launch codes with people on my phone.
    10-08-2012 12:42 AM
  3. freestaterocker's Avatar
    You raise a valid point. I think privacy is sacrificed frequently in the name of convenience, and other creature comforts. Facebook and Google services are prime examples. Checking In with location services, etc... I must admit I hadn't considered it with relation to phone screen size, but I think you're on to something.
    10-08-2012 12:42 AM
  4. a5cent's Avatar
    Are companies trying to kill the personal phone here?
    Ehem... in our modern times of Facebook, location tracking, search tracking and automated e-mail and consumer behavior analysis, the large screen on some smartphones should be the least of your concerns!

    If somebody is giving you something for free (Facebook, Google+, Gmail, etc), then it is generally safe to assume that you are the product, i.e. information about you is being sold to someone (i.e. everything commercially interesting you've ever written about and sent out via gmail).

    The good thing about the screen issue, is that you can do something about it. Just buy a device with a smaller screen.
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    10-08-2012 12:44 AM
  5. Simon Tupper's Avatar
    Can you imagine how calling these phones "superphones" will sound stupid in 10 years from now...
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    10-08-2012 12:56 AM
  6. palandri's Avatar
    Sad, but true, privacy went out the window years ago.

    If you want privacy, don't use the internet. If you think Big Brother can't pull up everything up you have typed on the internet over the last year, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. :D

    Everyone is tracked.
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    10-08-2012 01:08 AM
  7. Heron_Kusanagi's Avatar
    When you use the internet and sign up for an email, your privacy is already compromised. Screens are the least of the problems.

    OT, but when most modern screen technologies go for 180 degree viewing angles, privacy screen protectors still exist. Makes you wonder just how people take perceived privacy very seriously.
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    10-08-2012 01:12 AM
  8. Reflexx's Avatar
    I imagine that there could be a demand for privacy screens for phones, like there are for monitors.
    10-08-2012 01:15 AM
  9. s2korpio's Avatar
    I meant just the physical aspect of privacy by the way, the IRL ones, not the digital. The issue here is that companies are now advancing forward the subtle, digital privacy invasion to real world invasion, while still maintaining the subtlety of it. Maybe its unintentional,maybe they didnt thought about it, but who knows?
    10-08-2012 02:49 AM
  10. s2korpio's Avatar
    Editted the last statement of my first thread post. It seems that I'm confusing you guys on the privacy part. Sorry :S
    10-08-2012 03:48 AM
  11. AngryNil's Avatar
    It isn't too hard to angle your phone away in most cases, so I'd say it's more a case of people not caring enough to bother.
    10-08-2012 05:04 AM
  12. Daniel Ratcliffe's Avatar
    Sad, but true, privacy went out the window years ago.

    If you want privacy, don't use the internet. If you think Big Brother can't pull up everything up you have typed on the internet over the last year, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you. :D

    Everyone is tracked.
    Including your phone calls and text messages. They can track that too. They can even track what phone you decided to get and on what deal. Basically, you buy ANYTHING, you can be tracked for it.
    10-08-2012 05:50 AM
  13. mlm1950's Avatar
    Someone would have to have really good vision, and be close enough for it to be uncomfortable, to be able to read a phone screen.

    Tablets might be a different story.
    10-08-2012 07:43 AM
  14. jmshub's Avatar
    I imagine that there could be a demand for privacy screens for phones, like there are for monitors.
    My coworker had such a screen protector on his iphone 3gs. They have been around for awhile, and the company that made his made one for my Focus, I believe. I forget the brand now.

    For certain situations, I can definitely see the benefit. I hate when people try to watch me type in the phone pin, or a password into my phone.
    10-08-2012 09:20 AM
  15. Old_Cus's Avatar
    My coworker had such a screen protector on his iphone 3gs. They have been around for awhile, and the company that made his made one for my Focus, I believe. I forget the brand now.

    For certain situations, I can definitely see the benefit. I hate when people try to watch me type in the phone pin, or a password into my phone.

    ......not to mention it makes watching porn in public extremely difficult :D
    Daniel Ratcliffe likes this.
    10-08-2012 01:19 PM
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