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Modular Phones vs. Normal Phones

  1. Aug 14, 2015 #1
    I'm so impressed with many modular phone concepts including GOOGLE ARA and some other main concepts like
    "Puzzle Phone"(http://www.puzzlephone.com/),
    "ZTE Eco Mobius"(http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5289998/zte-shows-off-eco-mobius-modular-smartphone-concept) and
    "Phone Blocks"(https://phonebloks.com/en [Broken]

    There are many more modular phone concepts but the above ones seem to be the most practical.

    I invite all of you to discuss about these modular phones , how practical they are, the advantages and disadvantages , what kind of changes will these make in human lives
    and how they fare comparatively to the normal phones ...........

    Thank You.
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  3. Aug 15, 2015 #2


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    I like the idea of a phone for which it is possible to just buy and replace a faulty part rather than replacing the whole phone when a part develops a fault. Of course, one can do this by taking it to a repair shop but the overhead cost of involving a technician is usually enough to make that transaction economically unattractive. I like the idea because it reduces the enormous waste that is involved in the whole e-gadget industry, which is especially important when we consider the atrocious human cost of the production of key ingredients like coltan.

    I would be surprised if such a product could be made in a way that was practical and economically viable for the producer. But if it is, I will be the first to applaud them.
  4. Aug 16, 2015 #3
    The main existing problems that make the modular concepts unpractical is,
    - As the phone comes in separate modules, each module must have it's own circuit parts such as microcontrollers in order to make
    them interactive which makes the modules bigger,heavier and thicker. ( and the phone too)
    - A modular phone will be less efficient and less powerful than a regular smartphone with the same hardware.
    - If a company makes a modular phone , that particular company would get lower profits relatively to a
    regular phone manufacturer, which makes the OEM s less interested on the concept............
    But still this is something that we should care of..................
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