Image from College Boredom's 8 Reasons to Hate Cell Phones, which I don't, but c'mon now. Loud talkers or pablum and their faux-clever ringtones must be stopped.
This article about the new cell phones with fifty different media options show that some users are fed up, and just want a simple-to-use, reliable phone. Many of the added features include extra fees which incent the carriers to get you using them. They can all see that the iPod interface, for example, propelled its popularity way beyond other MP3 players, but they won't think about how to make phones more intuitive. I recently had to charge up the minutes on my phone, and I kept having to pull it away from my ear to locate the tiny buttons (1 for yes...) and wade through piles of annoying menus, and it's stupid that such rich devices are still so clumsy.
However, near the end of this article was the statement echoing exactly what I've been saying for years:
But Roger Entner of the market research firm Ovum said none of the major carriers impresses him. He says most of them are trying to replicate how people use personal computers instead of coming up with a new approach.
"What do (customers) do best on the phone? They talk. What do they do worst? Type. Why is every user interface based on typing?" Entner said. "Right now, the software developers take advantage of every weakness a device has and none of the strengths."
Get me a freaking voice-activated phone, with password and voice print security, so I can perform communication and information retrieval functions naturally and logically without octopus arms!