Mr Gruber’s thoughtful follow up piece on the Nintendo hardware/software
discussion got me thinking (along with thousands of others no doubt) about the
long term direction of our favourite gadgets: smart phones1
I’ll pull out just the two sentences that Mr Gruber himself emphasises in his
People do not want to carry extra devices. It’s that simple.
Then when discussing the trend towards phones large enough to resemble a small
tablet (so-called ‘phablets’):
Why carry a phone and a tablet when you can just carry one device that falls
The answer to that second question today is because you can’t yet do
everything on your phone. Sometimes you need more screen real estate or more
power (either computationally or in wattage) than a phone can currently provide.
Perhaps then it isn’t surprising that the Ubuntu Edge struck a chord with
so many techies — although it broke crowd-sourced funding records, it didn’t
get funded well enough to see the light of day per its original concept.
So what would the ideal phone look like short of being a combination of
Tricorder and Lightsaber?
Well, if you take those concepts a few Moore’s law
busting steps forward might you end up with something resembling a Mac
Pro2 in the form factor of an iPhone that works conceptually
similarly to the Ubuntu Convergence? If so, I can only imagine one company
that has the deep pocket book, design ingenuity, creativity and end-user focus
— not to mention existing patents and products — to be able to pull that off.
Unrealistic? Totally. On my wish list? Absolutely.