LG Viper T565 surfaces: affordable feature phone reminds you of the past
1. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 936; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
What happened to feature phones in the US...
5. hepresearch (unregistered)
No new US feature phone additions in a while... and the ones that are left are mostly found with prepaid service attached, with a few exceptions on the major carriers. They will likely be melting away over the next couple years because they will have to be so cheap that no one will be able to make any money from selling them (almost no demand left). The "big button 10-key" variety will be the last to go as they are probably the last class of feature phone that actually fills a lasting legitimate niche in the market.
BREW MP will probably be the last distinct feature phone OS to stick around, while Java will come to an end once they figure out how to make a BREW MP touchscreen device with gigantic virtual buttons... low-end Android will replace most US feature phones for a while, until Apple litigates the living snot out of OEM's so that the prices of even bottom-of-the-barrel Android phones will be no better than the new iPhone of that day.
I would say that the old folks will be the last holdouts in the "big button 10-key" niche, but lately even they are surprising me... all these old dudes I hang out with in the HAM radio club have all started switching to iPhone 4 or 4S in droves the last couple of months... ever since Apple released an official EchoLink App for iOS devices. Android was the first to do this, but apparently the old men were told in advance that Android was "hard to work with" and "tough on the eyes", so they all waited for the news of an iOS app, and once that happened they all started jumping onto the Apple bandwagon in a big hurry.
I have told my dad all of what I think of Apple and the iPhone. I even showed him Jon Stewart's recent FoxConn rant, and he has STILL decided that his next phone will be an iPhone 4S... but then again, he made a point of reminding me that even all of the new Nokia Lumia 710's and 800's are assembled at FoxConn, too. Just about everybody these days gets something that they made at FoxConn, and more OEM's are contracting out to them all the time.
The bottom line: no one in the US, except maybe me, desires a feature phone as their next device any more.
2. Tarkio (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
They have become more and more powerful, more user friendly, cheaper, and hard to find, except on prepaid. This phone reminds me of the LG 800G for America Movil brands. It's a touch screen feature phone, plenty capable running nearly all of the most apps that are most universal across all platforms. I love mine. And I love getjar.com for all my free apps too
3. ilia1986 (unregistered)
You are raising an interesting point here.
If a feature phone can get apps from getjar - what's the difference between it and the iPhone?
Could it be that the iPhone is nothing more than a feature phone with access to an app store?
Could it be that the iPhone isn't really a smartphone, then?
Could it be that the actual smartphone is an Android phone, and not the iPhone?
All this and more - after the commercial break :)
6. Tarkio (Posts: 30; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
What really hit me was when I saw a list of the most popular apps. They are virtually the same on Android, ios, Blackberry, Symbian etc. And what I also noticed is that few of them are really all that complex or demanding. Quite a few are nothing more than mobile links.
In other words, the apps people use the most are easily run on a feature phone. The fact that are adding touchscreens to these phones is great. In fact, my LG 800 has included features that are normally downloaded as apps on other platforms.
4. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
the iphone is essentially a computer for people that are dumb and dont like computers. these includes the majority consumer. as many people do not know what they want and need someone to tell them what they need.
android is a computer for geeks and nerds who enjoy customization and individuality.
i have both and so i think i know what i am talking about
they both have strong points. i am surprised the os for apple hasnt been cracked yet for dual boot on an android phone.
i would like the combination of the two platforms strengths..the keyboard and word prediction from the iphone is far superior to anything android. word prediction is awesome on the iphone.
the customization and cool factor cant be beat on the android. multi tasking and switching is optimized on the android.
the apple gets better battery life for some reason overall. but the android usually has a much bigger screen and higher rez everything.
i wish there was a way we could dual boot on an android or triple boot. android/os/win