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The Onion: Uncle Ben's joining the smartphone race with own 5.3-inch handset

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The Onion: Uncle Ben's joining the smartphone race with own 5.3-inch handset
Straight from America's finest news source comes a humorous story involving two things that aren't easy to put together within the same context – smartphones and rice. Uncle Ben's, of all familiar brand names, intends to go head to head with Apple by introducing a smartphone of its own, The Onion reports. 

The fictional Basmati phone, as it is called, is a 4G device with a 5.3-inch display sporting a pixel density of 285 ppi. The dual-core processor inside it runs at 1.5GHz and the camera on its back is of 8 megapixels. But that is just the start. Young folks can easily stay connected with friends and family thanks to the company's Instant Rice Messenger. The Basmati phone runs on Uncle Ben's proprietary, and entirely gluten-free, Long-Grain Operating System. To keep users entertained at all times, dozens of stir-fry recipes have been pre-loaded.

If somehow you have not realized it yet, this piece of news is just a joke poking fun at the fierce battle on the smartphone market and at the insatiable desire of U.S. consumers to own the hottest gadgets. At the same time, it reflects the attempts of every tech company in existence to come up with a smartphone of some kind, hoping to grab a slice of the expanding market. The entire satirical article is available at the source link, so feel free to check it out.

source: The Onion via TechCrunch

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posted on 24 Jul 2012, 22:40 1

1. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I wouldn't mind having one, lol.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 22:42

2. DownHer (Posts: 8; Member since: 21 May 2012)


And the market goes wild 

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 22:53 2

3. Sparhawk (Posts: 75; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


Just don't put it in the microwave.

posted on 24 Jul 2012, 22:56 3

4. blowfish (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Will it blend?

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 00:12 2

5. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


hahah had me going for a second, but I agree how companys are gettin out of hand with the size of smartphones....any phone beyond the 4.5 inch mark is really not necessary....seriously

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 00:22 2

6. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2098; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Says you. Just because you don't want a phone larger than 4.5 inches doesn't mean no one else does. I'm 6'4" 225 lbs. & I was a wide receiver in college. In other words, I have very large hands. I've held the 5.3" Note & it doesn't feel unwieldy at all in my hand. I could even see myself with a slightly larger phone. Everyone I know so far with the 4.8" SIII swears by the size & say they would never go back to anything smaller & they are all average size people. No need to go applying what works for you to everyone else. To each, his or her own.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 04:49

8. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


My thoughts exactly, when fandroids bitch about iPhones 3,5" display. To each, his or her own.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 01:20 2

7. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


This Joke need to become a reality

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 13:58 2

9. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Im gonna hold out until Rice-a-Roni enters the market, I dont want to buy the Uncle Ben's phone just to find out that Rice-a-Roni's is better.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 14:49

10. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


I had to make sure it wasnt april 1st again...

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