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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jass View Post
    Don't know if that's really game changing, we're already there. I'm buying a CX919 Quad Core HDMI stick that turns my TV into a giant Android phone with my tax return. $90 buys the stick and a wireless keyboard with built in mouse tracker.
    Ehhh, that's not quite enterprise level power/quality yet. I have no idea how these compare to laptop CPU's, but 2gigs ram is more than on the light side for running full-blown Windows/Office. And the storage is a bit lacking, too (Windows takes like 60gigs by itself).

    It is interesting, though, as these are considerably cheaper than laptops/desktops and would be a very affordable and upgradeable solution. But I think the "3-in-1" smartphone is the future because, like the laptop, it will go home with you. A second, separate device is really not a game changer, although it may find it's niche because of flexibility and affordability. Asus Padfone is closer to that reality than this thing.

    I'd consider that stick, though, if I didn't have surround sound speakers (thus I've disabled my flatscreen's speakers). Maybe some day if I decide to upgrade my receiver something like this or that chrome stick might become part of my system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiak799 View Post

    But I think the "3-in-1" smartphone is the future because, like the laptop, it will go home with you. A second, separate device is really not a game changer, although it may find it's niche because of flexibility and affordability.
    A 3 -in-1? A very interesting concept indeed. I could get on board with something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereal killer View Post
    A 3 -in-1? A very interesting concept indeed. I could get on board with something like that.
    Basically the Padfone with enough guts to run full blown Windows
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    As I mention in other threads, I bought the Galaxy Note 2 in November 2012 specifically because it was so perfect that it would take me out of the hugely expensive "gotta have the next upgrade" cycle. And so far, it has. There are some great phones out there, but nothing has been compelling.
    I don't even know now what it would take to get me excited about a new phone like I was for the Droid. The thing about the Droid is that it combined so many features that I didn't even know could exist in a phone. So maybe that's what I'm waiting for: someone to throw out something from left field, something we don't or can't see coming. I don't know: a thin, light, slab of glass or transparent aluminum that's also a smartphone?
    But simple or even cumulative upgrades in speed, screen resolution, camera, etc? Nope, not interested.

    The compelling feature of the Note 2 is that I basically have to carry only one device now, and I've got a tablet, a phone, a camera, a handheld gaming unit, an mp3 player, a radio, a gps, a voice recorder, web browser, etc. The only thing more compelling than that would be to have all that functionality without carrying anything at all: some sort of "Minority Report" style floating screen that couldn't be stolen or damaged by falls or water. I'd get really, Droid-level excited about that!

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    I remember anticipating the OG Droid landing on Verizon...what excitement! Finally, an Android-based device on Verizon's wireless network! WOW!! I had been keeping an eye on Android since it's inception and when T-Mo was the first to get it, I was a bit disappointed. I've been on VZW since, well, before it was Verizon Wireless (1998, when it was Bell Atlantic Mobile around these parts) and I'm not one to jump ship. I was under my dad's plan at the time anyway so I certainly wasn't about to give up the nice corporate discount he had.

    The first touchscreen phone I had was the LG Dare. Not too shabby for it's time, but certainly no competition for the iPhone that seemed to be the rage then.

    Then finally...Android on VZW. Awesome. When the Droid first dropped, I was still in the middle of my contract term so I didn't make the move yet. But by the time my contract was up, there were a couple more options available. I went with the Droid X as my first Android device. I was not let down with that. It was a good device to me...eagerly anticipating each of the updates that brought extra features...couldn't wait!

    In April 2012, I upgraded yet again...this time to the Samsung G-Nex. It's been a good phone as well, with it's vanilla Android. And again, I was anticipating each update it received. Now, without rooting and modding on my own, the updates are over.

    Since getting my Galaxy Nexus, I really haven't seen too many devices come to Verizon that intrigue me. I think the saturation of devices into the mobile space are kind of killing that thrill and as stated already, the new features that get added to any update don't really blow one's hair back anymore. I wish the Nexus devices could come to VZW, but VZW just botched the Nexus concept unfortunately.

    I do like Motorola's offering with the Moto X though. That's got quite a bit of potential there...just the way the software uses the phone is a great idea. I'm looking to get one when I'm due.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiak799 View Post
    Basically the Padfone with enough guts to run full blown Windows
    That would be pretty awesome. To be honest, I would not be surprised if they are already well into development on a project like that. It just makes sense and more importantly it would increase/speed up ones productivity exponentially. Excellent idea/concept Kodiak

    Quote Originally Posted by Jmoore1701 View Post
    As I mention in other threads, I bought the Galaxy Note 2 in November 2012 specifically because it was so perfect that it would take me out of the hugely expensive "gotta have the next upgrade" cycle. And so far, it has. There are some great phones out there, but nothing has been compelling.
    I don't even know now what it would take to get me excited about a new phone like I was for the Droid. The thing about the Droid is that it combined so many features that I didn't even know could exist in a phone. So maybe that's what I'm waiting for: someone to throw out something from left field, something we don't or can't see coming. I don't know: a thin, light, slab of glass or transparent aluminum that's also a smartphone?
    But simple or even cumulative upgrades in speed, screen resolution, camera, etc? Nope, not interested.

    The compelling feature of the Note 2 is that I basically have to carry only one device now, and I've got a tablet, a phone, a camera, a handheld gaming unit, an mp3 player, a radio, a gps, a voice recorder, web browser, etc. The only thing more compelling than that would be to have all that functionality without carrying anything at all: some sort of "Minority Report" style floating screen that couldn't be stolen or damaged by falls or water. I'd get really, Droid-level excited about that!
    I bolded your comment that is spot on. That's what I'm talking about as well. Blow us away, surprise us, introduce a true game changing piece of hardware. Easier said than done? Ya never know though. I'm hoping...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cereal killer View Post
    I want something to come along that I have to have out of nothing but pure and sheer desire. When the Motorola Droid was announced, I had to have it. It wasn't a 'ho-hum this will be a cool phone maybe I should buy it' type of thing, I would have done nearly anything to get one. I did say nearly folks I'm crazy but not that crazy.

    I think you get where I'm coming from. I do feel something is going to break. With Sammy and Google getting all warm and fuzzy, Lenovo snatching up Moto and MSFT slowing forging ahead, I feel a sense that things are going to change. What that change is, I don't know, but I'm not counting out anyone.

    I can tell you right now what it is you're looking for. I would just about sell body parts for this particular idea to become reality! Have you seen the remake of Total Recall with Colin Farrell in it? The implanted phone that you can just hold your hand up to your ear is incredible. Want to read messages or video chat? Just touch your hand to a glass surface for a huge display. Freaking incredible idea!

    We Are in Need of Something New and Exciting-total-recall-phone-1.jpgWe Are in Need of Something New and Exciting-total-recall-phone-2.jpgWe Are in Need of Something New and Exciting-total-recall-phone-3.jpg

    It may be closer than you'd think!


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    Quote Originally Posted by kodiak799 View Post
    Basically the Padfone with enough guts to run full blown Windows

    like it a transformer laptop that run window 8 while the phone and tablet run android.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pc747 View Post
    like it a transformer laptop that run window 8 while the phone and tablet run android.
    That's really close. But ideally everything would be housed in the phone. The problem is, even the 22nm cpu's from Intel probably suffer a heat/ventilation problem in the phone for intensive PC tasks. Perhaps the 14nm will be the ticket, but those appear to be at least a year away (and add at least another year to be affordable to the mass market)
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    On a related note, I'm still pretty satisfied with my Rezound. But I have a lot of apps and widgets, and I've noticed that apps are taking more and more ram (as they presumably add features) to the point where I'm finding 1gig of ram an issue. However, I will not buy a phone with only 2gigs of ram just so I can have that become an issue in another 12-18 months.
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