Building the perfect smart phone

Have you noticed today’s smart phones that seem to get ever larger. Yes, there are plenty folks who don’t mind carrying around something brick-sized. Or worse a rectangular flooring tile. C’mon phone designers, can’t you leverage technology to make it work right in a smaller, more portable size?

For example, picture-in-picture (PIP) has been around for decades. And all that big screens at concerts are actually made up of smaller screens slaved together so each individual panel shows a specific part of the image. Now, suppose this technology was extended to candy-bar mobiles?

You have the central main screen that can be viewed vertically (tall) or horizontally (wide). And yes, there are a number of phones that do just that. But let’s take the idea a bit further. And add slide out and raise into place wafer screens on both sides. The phone user can choose to extend one or both screen wafers; depending on how large they want the display area.

Sure these phones won’t be waterproof. And no, like some people like these instruments can’t be wrapped in an after-market plastic coat or case without sacrificing the extra viewing area. But life is full of compromises. If you get your phone wet that’s on you. If you want a zebra-striped or pink polka dotted case cos’ that’s your thing, again the accessorizing is on you. But there are lots of people who don’t do either. I don’t do for example.

So where’s my perfect smart phone that doubles as a tablet?

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