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THOUGHT: "Your Smartphone is so out of fashion!" - "I know but I can use it!"
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 01.08.03 - 18:39:04 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 6142x
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Well, something is happening and I'm not sure what I should think about these development. After Samsung has banned camera phones in certain areas, also the German car manufactures following this way. According to an article in heise online, Volkswagen (VW) is going to ban camera phones as well like Audi and BMW already did. It would be just a question of time and I'm sure it's just the beginning.

While I fully understand why companies are going this way, it reminds me a little bit a discussion I had with a Nokia user a while back. He was laughing about my Smartphone because it has such an out of fashion clip-on camera only while his "hancy fancy" phone has a camera already included. Well, honestly I would like to have a Smartphone with built-in camera also but if I make a step back and watch the news above I should reconsider my wish.

My GSM phone is more then just a toy, it's a business essential for me and the imagination to get my phone banned if I enter a company and have to hand it over to the reception, like Cowboys had to do it 100 years ago with their colts when they entered Tucson City, makes me a little bit nervous. Not because I have to give a 500 US$ device out of my hands but because I wouldn't be reachable anymore nor I would have some important data (like phone numbers) with me. So reconsidering what my phone is for me I have to admit it's more a tool for voice calls and data access then a photo camera.

Having this in mind I'm not sure anymore if it is such a good idea to have a camera integrated into phones; if you also use it for business. Sure - I still like the idea to have the cam build-in but having it as an external clip-on accessory gives me even more freedom to use it almost everywhere.

So maybe this is a kind future conversation?

  • "Hey pal, what's up with your phone? No cam included? Boooring... My hancy fancy xyz has a cam with optical zoom, flash and video capabilities; I never would buy such a phone you use anymore" 8)
  • "Yes, I know" :-(
  • "Hey pal, would you mind to loan me your phone? I had to hand over mine because I wasn't allowed to use it here" :oops:
  • "You want my phone? Sure, but I thought it's to boring?" :lol:

Maybe within this context the news, that the new Motorola Smartphone doesn't includes a cam (which is heavily discussed in the community) becomes a complete new perspective? Specially because the target market for that phone is the business market.

So what's the better option - build-in cams or clip-on cameras like the PPCW.Net i-Mate has? I'm still not sure but it's an interesting new facet.

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by CactusJack on 01.08.03 - 18:50:04

LOL!!! Great story! :-) A brilliant thought about future developments.

Posted by johncruise on 01.08.03 - 21:48:26

built-in or through accessories?  It depends on who's going to buy/use it.  I totally aggree with VW/Audi/BMW on their decision, in fact, I would recommend this with all manufacturing company specially on their site that has an R&D department.

Posted by DubWireless on 02.08.03 - 04:17:53

a lot of health clubs have banned them here (hey! like i need another excuse not to have to go to the gym wink) - but this is a very important topic on the business side

in my last job the company produced intellectual property for chip design (the silicon rather than the potato variety!) so security of content was important - I got the 7650 when Nokia released it and it was delivered to work - people were impressed with what it could do - one of the VPs asked me to take a shot of the white board we were working on and email it to him - so I said no problem and a 640x480 image arrived in his inbox a minute or so later

he said - well it's not amazing quality but i can make out all the points we made during the meeting so it's clear enough to be dangerous... and everyone understood what he meant

also taking the personal side with health clubs and gyms or any area where you would not like a compromising photo to be taken - they are starting to cause problems here also - another example is art galleries - i was checking my mail in one and was asked to do it outside the room the installation was in - only because it was also a camera phone - talking with the attendant she explained how they had all been trained to recognise the handset models to know which ones integrated a camera

this has been an issue for a lot longer in Asia (since they have had camera/handy phones longer than us in the USA/EMEA) - maybe any of you who can check will notice something next time - see how the Asian handset companies (like Panansonic and Sharp) make their phones click like a shutter when the camera is used and it can't be turned off (it's on even when silent is selected), and then notice how the European handset companies (like Nokia and SonyEricsson) currently allow the noise to be turned off when silent is selected...

great article Arne - an important point to discuss

Posted by DubWireless on 02.08.03 - 04:25:33

i forgot to mention another example - recently photographs of the new SonyEricsson P810/P900 smartphone were leaked and made it onto several online sites - the ironic part is that the photographs were taken with the current SonyEricsson P800 smartphone

the back of the current P800 can clearly be seen in the display of the yet unannounced handset:


this proves why companies would be wise to consider where (and more importantly if) they shold be allowed on their property

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