Cellphone sizes

Ben Wilson ben at abcom.co.nz
Thu Jan 1 12:57:00 CET 2009

Sean's comment that 3G modules are currently "too big" has got me 
thinking about cellphone sizes.

Maybe it's just me but I don't really see the fascination with keeping 
phones small.
I would be happy with a phone larger than GTA01/02. Something a bit 
smaller than a Sony PSP.
Really the only size constraint i have is the size of my pockets, which 
are quite big :)

A PSP-like sized phone would relax the size constraints that were 
present in gta01/02 development and allow a wider range of chipsets to 
be considered.
There would be room for some of the wish-list items such as an external 
flash slot, empty internal space for add-ons, fully powered usb port, IR 
remote control port,  external analog and digital IO, much bigger 
battery, few more button/wheels and of course maybe a 3G module.
It would also allow for a bigger screen which I think helps any 
touchscreen phone.

However I guess a phone that size might not appeal to everybody?


Sean Moss-Pultz wrote:
> On 12/31/08 Ben wrote:
>> Any chance of getting an announce list for 3G, or a guarantee that it
>> will be mentioned on the announce list when it is confirmed?
> You bet we'll mention it. But please don't hold your breath. We're a 
> long way away from a serious 3G design. Openmoko cannot afford the 
> licensing royalties needed to implement a reference design. And modules 
> (global ones), at this point, are just too big.
> Happy holidays.
>    -Sean
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