Feature right must always be better right? John from Zumboni guest blogs at GigaOm, talking about the super phone. In it he makes the argument for a new class of phones that is higher in feature / function than a smart phone calling the smart phones.
Then view this piece in NY Times by David Pogue on an “email only device” the Peek.”
Also view this $20 (no long term contracts) phone from Spice. It has numbers, a speaker and a microphone – no display BTW. There’s another company making a $10 phone (again, this is the unlocked phone, no contracts).
This is the new digital “divide”. A phone with everything for someone and another with only one thing for everyone (well, everyone that wants email that is).
I am always reminded of the microwave at home, which has a clock display. Now, 90% of homes in India, turn their microwaves “off” when not in use. So the “clock feature” is mostly useless.
For over 80% of the “non power users”, the basic 3-5 features are the ones they use 80% of the time. Get that right and the rest is just gravy (OR useless depending on your viewpoint).