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Fujitsu's Latest Mobile Phone Splits In Two

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the i-lost-my-keyboard-now-what dept.

Cellphones 140

angry tapir writes with news of Fujitsu's new phone which is taking the sliding phone keyboard a step further by allowing it to detach completely. "The F-04B was announced as part of NTT DoCoMo's new line-up and is scheduled to hit Japanese shelves in March or April next year. At first glance it looks like a conventional slider cell phone: grab onto the bottom of the phone and a numeric keypad slides out. But decouple a catch and the entire back half of the phone can be pulled off."

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iPhone and a hacksaw (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30089962)

I can do the same thing with my iPhone and a hacksaw... big deal

Video demo (4, Interesting)

Xerfas (1625945) | more than 4 years ago | (#30089974)

Re:Video demo (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090238)

Thanks for the video, that helped:

1. They don't seem to hold it side by side with anything I am familiar with but it looks really really thick in the video.

2. Why can't phones, like the iPhone, work with a bluetooth keyboard out of the box?

Re:Video demo (1, Insightful)

Xerfas (1625945) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090390)

1. It looks very large in her small hands and a bit too thick for my taste, but then again there is a projector and probably one battery per part of the phone which takes extra space.

2. I guess it's because then Apple would have to make a keyboard themselves which was locked somehow so that it was the only BT KB that the iPhone could use. I mean otherwise people could use the BT for something more useful then what we can do today with it and that would be bad in apples eyes.

Re:Video demo (2, Insightful)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091906)

Ya, it really sucks that I have to buy special Apple brand BT headsets to work with their products.

Oh, wait. It doesn't because I don't have to.

Really, this sort of drivel gets insightful? Go go /. Apple Hate!

I'm just hoping Android makes it big so I can watch /. turn on their once favorite underdog.

Re:Video demo (1)

PotatoFarmer (1250696) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091996)

Ya, it really sucks that I have to buy special Apple brand BT headsets to work with their products.

You mean like this sort of thing [engadget.com] ? Yes, I realize that isn't referring to a BT headset, but it is a case of Apple locking down peripherals.

GP might have been a bit on the trollish side, but you're not exactly helping your own cause by responding in kind.

Re:Video demo (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090988)

2. Why can't phones, like the iPhone, work with a bluetooth keyboard out of the box?

That would a usability nightmare. The screen's too small for you see if you put it down and type without holding it. A full keyboard is too large for you to hold it and a screen at the same time. A roll-up membrane keyboard would have to hold a bluetooth radio and a power source, making it impractical as well.

I understand that people don't like the touch-screen keyboard (believe me, I hate it too) but a BT keyboard would not be a step up.

Re:Video demo (2, Interesting)

Aldhibah (834863) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091248)

I can't disagree with the assertion that it is a usability nightmare more. I have a small, portable, foldaway keyboard for use with my Ipaq 2215. The keyboard has tray to hold the PDA and it is not difficult to read when sitting on a desk. I used the device for taking notes all the way through law school and it was far more portable and convenient to have on your desk at the same time as a textbook as compared to a laptop.

Re:Video demo (1)

Al Dimond (792444) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091384)

There are a lot of ways that a good device could be built. I can think of two plausible ways, and I don't even own a cell phone.

1. There are a number of keyboards designed for efficient one-handed use. With a bluetooth-capable one-handed keyboard you could set the keyboard on your lap and hold the screen up near your face with your other hand.

2. Some people prefer the tiny thumb keyboards most smartphones have to the iPhone's on-sceen 'board. A device for someone like that would basically be a bluetooth-enabled thumb keyboard, that holds the iPhone. It could then be folded down for compact storage somehow.

There are a lot of possibilities here, and I doubt that Apple screwed up Bluetooth support on purpose just to keep people from trying them. I always thought Apple wanted to cultivate an ecosystem of stupid shit people could buy for their iPhones.

Re:Video demo (1)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091390)

Sometimes the goal isn't trying to use an iPhone like a desktop computer.

For example, part of my job in the next year will be to get an inventory system that makes heavy use of barcodes to work with an iPhone. If I could get a bluetooth barcode scanner to act as a keyboard wedge and go through standard bluetooth keyboard functionality, it would save me the trouble of having the learn the hardware access API.

Re:Video demo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30091556)

I sorely miss the folding keyboard I had for my Palm IIIx. The screen was large enough then with its smaller size and crappy resolution; it'd be even better now for an iPhone, especially as the on-screen keyboard wouldn't be needed. A BT keyboard would be a significant step up.

Hello 1980... (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090408)

I thought the idea sounded interesting, but that thing is huge! It reminds me of a cell-phone from the 70's or early 80's...

Re:Hello 1980... (4, Interesting)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090586)

Well, that's partly because a cell phone is the wrong implementation for this sort of thing. I thought about doing something similar a few years ago, but for a laptop. You have a keyboard that hooks into the bottom of the screen, forming a screen-protecting lid to carry it around. When you unlatch it, the hook parts flip upside down and lock into place, forming a keyboard stand. Another stand flips out of the back of the screen to hold it up. This way, you have the simplest, least breakable hinges with no wires running through them. That would eliminate what is probably the second most common cause of laptop failures behind hard drive crashes.

Re:Hello 1980... (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090678)

I was thinking that if Apple came out with a tablet that's the approach they would take, a removable keyboard so the device could be lighter to carry around.

I just hate devices of this (PSP like) size, they are inconvenient enough to carry that you might as well have a laptop sized device with a far bigger screen. There's no way that is pocketable.

Re:Hello 1980... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090994)

i wear a military trench coat in the winter and I can carry 10 PSP in my pockets !

Re:Hello 1980... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30091000)

>> I just hate devices of this (PSP like) size, they are inconvenient enough to carry that you might as well have a laptop sized device with a far bigger screen. There's no way that is pocketable.

Unless Apple comes out with one exactly like that. Going by your fanboyism, you will just shout "So what? Get bigger pockets!!"

Re:Hello 1980... (1)

IICV (652597) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091048)

You mean like the Touch Book? [alwaysinnovating.com] I'll be excited about that thing if it lives long enough to spawn another hardware generation.

Re:Hello 1980... (1)

ScoLgo (458010) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092308)

You mean something like this piece of double-sweet goodness [wordpress.com] ?

Re:Video demo (1)

Gerzel (240421) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090752)

I'm still wondering what functionality it brings. Why do you want that much bulk? What does it give you the ability to do other the detach keyboard?

Re:Video demo (1)

Carnivore (103106) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092228)

Also, it appeared to me that you _have_ to detach the back to expose the camera's lens. That's not exactly convenient.

So how do you type? (1)

surferx0 (1206364) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090796)

So if one hand has to hold the screen how are you even going to use the keyboard? I'm completely lost on the supposed advantage of having the screen detach from the keyboard.

Re:So how do you type? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30091356)

It is so that you can lose one part and have to purchase a replacement for it, only to find it in your couch months later.

Great (2, Funny)

ClosedEyesSeeing (1278938) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090012)

Now I've got another piece of the phone I'm going to lose in the couch. Along with the remote and loose change.

Re:Great (1)

clang_jangle (975789) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090446)

Exactly, I don't want my phone to go to break down into 2 (or more) pieces. Just another set of connectors to go bad, as well as another part to get lost. But it's gimmicky, so maybe it'll sell.

Re:Great (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090512)

"Exactly, I don't want my phone to go to break down into 2 (or more) pieces."

Then this isn't for you, but as always, you'll whine about it because you're too egocentric to realize the world isn't tailor made to your specifications.

Haters gotta hate.

Projector? (1)

Alcohol Fueled (603402) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090020)

From TFA: "Fujitsu also plans to offer an optional projector unit that can be clipped onto the bottom of the phone in place of the keyboard to project images on a nearby flat surface." Really? Doesn't this seem a bit much for a phone? Or is there a demand I don't know about to have a projector on your phone? I guess it *could* be useful for someone making a presentation of some sort, but I'd think a computer or an actual projector would be better..

Re:Projector? (2, Interesting)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090264)

People already use their phones to watch movies and show pictures to people and such. A projector would let you do it for a wider audience. Life isn't just about business, you know ;)

Re:Projector? (3, Funny)

batquux (323697) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090336)

Quit gabbin' and get back to work!

Re:Projector? (2, Informative)

Alcohol Fueled (603402) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090368)

True, true. And actually, it sounds like it might make for a perfect movie viewing device if you're over at a friend's place. I found a little more information about the projector here: http://www.gadgetvenue.com/fujitsu-f04b-dual-keyboard-projector-phone-11123400/ [gadgetvenue.com] . 2 hours of video at the highest brightness? Yes please!

Re:Projector? (5, Interesting)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090588)

Doesn't this seem a bit much for a phone?

A modern phone has 128MB or 256MB of RAM, up to around 32GB of flash, a 600MHz 32-bit CPU, an OpenGL 2 ES GPU, an video processing unit that can encode (and decode) 720p H.264 in real time, a network connection that can deliver 3-7Mb/s anywhere or 54Mb/s on a WLAN and bluetooth for local input. It has better specs than the workstation I was using just a few years ago and similar specs to the desktops that a lot of non-geeks that I know are still using.

Re:Projector? (1)

trapnest (1608791) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090768)

This is japan. Their phones do more then most people's offices and living rooms do together.

Ironically, most japanese people hate this, and want a device that is just a phone.

Re:Projector? (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091346)

Mobile TV supposedly took off in Japan. And picoprojector (or whatever devices based on TI DLP tech are called these days) might be quite good for that...

Re:Projector? (1)

mrops (927562) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091856)

Your comment reminds me of the quote "640kb should be enough for everyone"

Just what I need (5, Insightful)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090032)

Another part to get lost. Cool.

Re:Just what I need (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090290)

Transformers: Less than meets the eye!

Re:Just what I need (1)

Schickeneder (1454639) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090432)

That's what I was thinking. Sounds complicated! Leave it to the Japanese...

Re:Just what I need (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090618)

Transformers: Don't use remaining eye!

Re:Just what I need (1)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090932)

I was thinking another Lith. battery to go bad/explode.

Re:Just what I need (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091244)

Another part to get lost. Cool.

So you're using an iMac, right?

Re:Just what I need (1)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092036)

Nope--a laptop.

Re:Just what I need (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092160)

I was going to say something snarky, but your chosen nickname mixed with this topic is... funny. Heh.

Gimmicky at best... (1)

luciddr34m3r (1232248) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090044)

Sometimes people say "we CAN do this", but should say "we SHOULDN'T do this". Sounds like a touch screen phone with an optional keypad. The only interesting use case they presented was if you are concerned about health issues of keeping phones near your head. Sounds to me like they would have been better off actually bundling and blue-tooth headset with a standard touch phone. On the other hand, it kind of makes the phone sound like a break apart robot, and we all know the Japanese are big into robots. Maybe they will add a feature later where you can attach multiple phones together to create Megazord. Now THAT is a phone I would consider buying...

Re:Gimmicky at best... (3, Funny)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090266)

The only interesting use case they presented was if you are concerned about health issues of keeping phones near your head.

I overheard a conversation on Monday of this week. Some guy (who I would concider rather intelligent) was talking about cell phone waves. He was saying that (wet) grass would reflect cell phone transmissions. He then made the leap that if you were to make a call from a grassy field, you were essentially being bombarded by cell phone waves because "each blade of grass is like a tiny antenna". The amount of misinformation about cell phones is extremely misleading. It makes me mad...

Re:Gimmicky at best... (0, Offtopic)

rockNme2349 (1414329) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092082)

Guys, this is out of hand. How am I supposed to correct grammar if I don't know weather the mistakes are made sarcastically or are just honest mistakes?

Re:Gimmicky at best... (2, Insightful)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090376)

Another good use would be talking on the phone while looking something up or taking notes. This is fairly common, and the only way to do it with most smart phones is with speaker phone, which doesn't work in noisy environments, and is generally poor in quiet ones (the phone picks up the loud noises of key or screen presses). Of course, a Bluetooth headset would accomplish the same thing.

Awesome! (0, Redundant)

bieber (998013) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090054)

Now my phone can give me two small objects to misplace.

Re:Awesome! (2, Interesting)

berashith (222128) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090466)

and only one of them rings when I call it.

Really! Awesome!!! (0, Flamebait)

ifwm (687373) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090562)

"Now my phone can give me two small objects to misplace."

Awesome!!!

You're like the fifth person to make that joke out of 40 posts!!!

Creativity is Awesome!!!

And seriously, are you people retarded or something, losing crap constantly?

Not having Alzheimer's is Awesome!!!

Re:Really! Awesome!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090622)

Hey, I have Alzheimer's you ins...uh, what are you called again?

Interesting idea, but how far are they taking it? (1)

Behrooz (302401) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090066)

Sounds like the best of both worlds so far, being able to operate with just the phone half, or even use the keyboard half like a bluetooth headset.

But can both halves be used at once for a home-made three-way? Does keeping the entire package together yield better battery life? How long till we've got video calls where we're talking on the keyboard and watching video on the main phone? What about texting while talking on the phone? Inquiring teenagers want to know!

Re:Interesting idea, but how far are they taking i (1)

Alcohol Fueled (603402) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090120)

"If using the keyboard half of the phone to make or receive a call it's possible to use the top half of the display to, for example, check e-mail or take a picture." It seems like if you can check email while making a call, texting while on a call shouldn't be that much different.

It can do it! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090212)

... all while driving!

Re:Interesting idea, but how far are they taking i (1)

dangitman (862676) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092298)

Sounds like the best of both worlds so far, being able to operate with just the phone half, or even use the keyboard half like a bluetooth headset.

Weird. I would have thought that a keyboard doesn't give very good audio output when using it like a bluetooth headset. Also, it wouldn't fit very well in most people's ears.

Goody. (5, Insightful)

kheldan (1460303) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090088)

Now you'll have TWO overpriced batteries to replace instead of just one!

Re:Goody. (1)

Thaelon (250687) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092014)

This was no accident.

Saucer section (5, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090098)

Sweet, it's just like the Enterprise. This will come in handy in case of a warp core breach.

Re:Saucer section (1)

popo (107611) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090606)

True Trek geeks are waiting for the "Tricorder" chemical sniffer phone....
http://tekobot.com/nasa-ames-scientist-working-for-homeland-security-turns-your-iphone-into-a-tricorder/ [tekobot.com]

Re:Saucer section (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30091560)

Android already has a Tricorder - and it's free!

http://code.google.com/p/moonblink/wiki/Tricorder

Voltron (2, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091428)

Whatever. Call me back when it can split into five lions.

Re:Saucer section (1)

LanMan04 (790429) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091536)

To the Battle Bridge!

Title should end, "...and remain functional." (4, Funny)

dtmos (447842) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090118)

Or, "...and can be reassembled."

I've had far too many phones that split in two, or otherwise fell apart.

Re:Title should end, "...and remain functional." (1)

pwfffff (1517213) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092276)

I had a Motorola V180 that split in two and didn't go back together. I was able to use it for like another 6 months via speakerphone.

Customer Complaints... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090122)

Waiting for the customers who buy it to complain that it breaks easier thank their old phone. Just like how many complained that the 1st gen Ipod nano breaks when you have it in your back pocket and sit down.

you're doing it wrong (2, Funny)

TheBilgeRat (1629569) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090168)

No, see... the feature would be if both sections vibrated. That way you could have each half in separate pockets for 100% vbration coverage.

Oh right- like YOU'VE never let a call ring long when it's on vibrate in your front pants pocket...

Re:you're doing it wrong (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090814)

Maybe your phone rings long enough for this to be of any use to YOU, but I can't make mine ring long enough to bother.

worst website ever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090200)

A separate ad page for EVERY picture and the stupid ad doesn't even load...

Re:worst website ever (1)

pushf popf (741049) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090400)

"Or click here to skip the advertisement"

I didn't bother.

12 megapixel camera? (1, Insightful)

MentlFlos (7345) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090248)



How useful is this when you are stuck with the little lens on the camera?

Re:12 megapixel camera? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090522)

Extremely useful if you want to raise up the noise floor on your pictures.

Re:12 megapixel camera? (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090596)

Because the 12 megapixels on this phone are more than the 3 megapixels that the iPhone has, so it's 4 times better.

You actually expect the consumers to understand that the lens is the most important part of a camera? GIGO

Re:12 megapixel camera? (1)

Zerth (26112) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090890)

It'd allow you to take four 3 megapixel pictures in extremely rapid succession.

A picture would be nice (1)

Paul Carver (4555) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090332)

To bad the link just goes to an advertisement page that doesn't load and there isn't even a picture of this wacky new phone. Oh well, I guess I just don't care that much.

My keyboard is also wireless (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090346)

If I pull hard enough, the cord for my keyboard will come off. Should this also be a selling feature?

The summary doesn't note if their keyboard works once it's been yanked off.

And (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090372)

when you put the second half into water, it grows into a new phone.

Re:And (2, Funny)

Loko Draucarn (398556) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090744)

So when will Banach and Tarski release their phone prototype?

Re:And (1)

IICV (652597) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091142)

Soon - right now they only know it can be done, they're still working out how to actually do it.

One handy thing I see... (2, Interesting)

TheModelEskimo (968202) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090398)

In the video, the girl mentions that for example, you can detach the screen while on a call, and then use the screen part to look through your address book or do other stuff. That's one case where I can see it being handy. Overall it feels like a gimmick, but maybe there's someone out there who is just dying to have this functionality. Japan's technology markets have always gone for this notion of technology fitting your purposes, whereas in the U.S., for example, you have limited choices to which you must tailor your use.

More phones that we don't get.... (1)

popo (107611) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090474)

It's always nice to see the phones we're not getting.... : (

I'm still sore about the Dell Android phone that's not being released in the USA
http://tekobot.com/dell-anounces-android-based-mini-3-smartphone-to-be-available-only-in-brazil-and-china/ [tekobot.com]

Re:More phones that we don't get.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090542)

You think Dell can make a smart phone?

Re:More phones that we don't get.... (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091230)

Two words for you: Dell DJ.

That was the shit, bro!

Re:More phones that we don't get.... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30091478)

If apple can sell a phone without keyboard or copy-paste, why not?

Re:More phones that we don't get.... (1)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092184)

If apple can sell a phone without keyboard or copy-paste, why not?

iPhones have keyboards, just not one with discrete physical keys. Also, copy/paste has been available on the iPhone for about six months now.

It really needs to go on a diet. (1, Troll)

alvinrod (889928) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090488)

I thought that this would be really cool until I saw a video of it. That phone is quite thick.

I found a website that lists the dimensions as: "11.4 x 5.1 x 20.4 cm and weight is about 173g."

For reference, an iPhone is 11.6 x 1.2 x 6.2 cm and weighs 135g. The Droid is 11.6 x 1.4 x 6.0 cm and weighs 169g.

I can't think of anyone who will want to carry something that thick around in their pocket. Even if you split it in half, both halves are still going to be thicker than either the iPhone or the Droid. I suppose it could help you pick up women in a bar though.

Re:It really needs to go on a diet. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090702)

I call BS. There's no way the phone in the video is 5cm thick.

Re:It really needs to go on a diet. (1)

Again (1351325) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091470)

I call BS. There's no way the phone in the video is 5cm thick.

It sounds about as attractive as my laptop battery if it.

Re:It really needs to go on a diet. (2, Informative)

alvinrod (889928) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091718)

Here's the link to the website [gadgetfolder.com] where I found the measurements. I haven't found any other sites to back that data up, so it's possible that the listed values are incorrect.

After doing some more searching, another site [letsgomobile.org] gives these values: "114x51x20.4 mm" it would appear that the first site goofed up when converting between cm and mm. If this site is correct, the phone is still pretty fat (in my opinion), just not nearly quite so much.

Based on the numbers from the first site, the phone would actually be as wide as an iPhone/Droid is tall and almost twice as tall. At that size a 5 cm depth wouldn't be terribly bad, but it would be a comically large phone in general. At that size it would be more like a small tablet device.

I'm American so I don't really think in metric. Thanks for catching the slip-up.

Re:It really needs to go on a diet. (1)

zalas (682627) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091458)

The official website (http://www.fmworld.net/product/phone/f-04b/color.html?fmwfrom=f-04b_info) claims that the display part of the phone is only 9 millimeters thick, and the photos do not show the keypad part being much thicker than the display. This phone apparently also has a pico projector built in.

My Phone splits in two... (2, Funny)

asicsolutions (1481269) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090648)

The only problem is I can only do it once...

Had one already (0, Redundant)

kehren77 (814078) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090666)

My wife already had a phone that split in two... after I'd dropped it on the floor.

Why?? (1)

RockyMountain (12635) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090762)

Why? What is gained by allowing a phone to split in half?

This is a serious question: I can't RTFA because the web site is apparently overloaded at present. (And I can't listen to the video as I have no headset or speakers).

That's Nothing (2, Funny)

Hasai (131313) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090788)

That's nothing: My wife can make ANY phone split into multiple parts. All she does is fling it to the ground when she can't immediately figure out how to work it.

Also; TV remotes, house thermostats, lawn mowers....
];)

Re:That's Nothing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30090910)

Must be quite the woman to fling lawnmowers....

Yo dawg (1)

bazorg (911295) | more than 4 years ago | (#30090876)

'sup dawg I herd yo like gimmicks wo we split yo phone in two so you can gimmick while yo gimmick.

The LG Versa already does this (1)

flibbidyfloo (451053) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091034)

It's not exactly the same, but the phone comes with an expansion port built in and a keyboard you attach to it. They plan to release other hardware expansion devices for it over time.

http://reviews.cnet.com/cell-phones/lg-versa-verizon-wireless/4505-6454_7-33530742.html?tag=mncol;lst [cnet.com]

Yes, it can be used as a Sex Toy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30091218)

I checked the article and yes, you can use one half to make phone calls, while the half that buzzes is stored somewhere else.

Great! (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091336)

Now I can lose half of my phone!

Alternate link (1)

arielCo (995647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30091772)

Since GoodGearGuide.com.au is a bit bogged down, try Engadget: Fujitsu's splitting F-04B cellphone gets tested, found to contain no Energon cubes [engadget.com]

Re:Alternate link (1)

CrashNBrn (1143981) | more than 4 years ago | (#30092220)

Alternate, Fujitsu's F-04B cell phone (black) [mis-asia.com]

Full details of the handset are yet to be announced but NTT DoCoMo said it measures 11.4 centimeters by 5.1cms by 20.4cms and weighs 173 grams. Standby time is 600 hours in WCDMA mode and 400 hours in GSM mode while talk time is 300 minutes and 330 minutes respectively.

The screen resolution is 480 pixels by 960 pixels, it has a bilingual (Japanese and English) interface, built-in Felica contactless smartcard and the camera has an impressive 12.2 megapixel resolution. Other features include GPS and HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) high-speed data downloads.

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