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I heard on the news this morning about how watch sales are going down because of cell phones. This got me thinking about wouldn't it be cool if they made real silver or gold cell phone cases with chains so you could attach them to a vest like an old fashion pocket watch. The trendy hi-end cells I've seen don't seem to go for the retro material look. On another note, cell phones are sorta like 21st century pocket knives. So what features should be added to them? Here's what I use my cell phone (a Samsung T809) for now.

(1) As a phone
(2) Take pictures
(3) Take video
(4) Receive SMS of my google mail
(5) Edit Google Calender
(6) As a 512Mb USB/bluetooth key (with better micro SD cards this should become larger).
(7) Listen to MP3s.
(8) Surf the web. (Mainly news feeds).

The experience of (6) and (7) can be improved as microSD cards get larger. For (2) and (3) the resolution of cell phone cameras seems to be improving with each generation. So what features would I like added? We have all heard that positioning connected to some kind of mapping software (maybe with the ability to suggest restaurants) will be available soon, and that we will be able to pay for things using our cell phones. Here are some things I can think of:

(1) A decent media player in a cell phone so can get internet radio -- maybe even have a usual radio in it.
(2) A wind-up feature like capacitor based flashlights, so you can make emergency calls even when your battery is dead.
(3) Heck, why not add a flashlight to cell phones?

I suppose you can't add a knife because it wouldn't be allowed on airplanes if you had one. What about some small laser? Probably same problem.

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I heard on the news this morning about how watch sales are going down because of cell phones. This got me thinking about wouldn't it be cool if they made real silver or gold cell phone cases with chains so you could attach them to a vest like an old fashion pocket watch. The trendy hi-end cells I've seen don't seem to go for the retro material look. On another note, cell phones are sorta like 21st century pocket knives. So what features should be added to them? Here's what I use my cell phone (a Samsung T809) for now.<br><br>(1) As a phone<br>(2) Take pictures<br>(3) Take video<br>(4) Receive SMS of my google mail<br>(5) Edit Google Calender<br>(6) As a 512Mb USB/bluetooth key (with better micro SD cards this should become larger).<br>(7) Listen to MP3s.<br>(8) Surf the web. (Mainly news feeds).<br><br>The experience of (6) and (7) can be improved as microSD cards get larger. For (2) and (3) the resolution of cell phone cameras seems to be improving with each generation. So what features would I like added? We have all heard that positioning connected to some kind of mapping software (maybe with the ability to suggest restaurants) will be available soon, and that we will be able to pay for things using our cell phones. Here are some things I can think of:<br><br>(1) A decent media player in a cell phone so can get internet radio -- maybe even have a usual radio in it.<br>(2) A wind-up feature like capacitor based flashlights, so you can make emergency calls even when your battery is dead.<br>(3) Heck, why not add a flashlight to cell phones?<br><br>I suppose you can't add a knife because it wouldn't be allowed on airplanes if you had one. What about some small laser? Probably same problem.
 
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