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Motorola Unveils Phone That Bends

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the flexible-communications dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "According to CNET, who are out at 3GSM in Barcelona, Motorola has unveiled a phone that bends in order to make putting it up to your face more comfortable. The Motorola Z8, as the bendy phone is called, runs on a Symbian based platform and also displays video at up to 30 frames per second."

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100 comments

About time (5, Funny)

iamacat (583406) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989070)

Usually it's users who have to bend over for cell companies.

Re:About time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17989322)

Aww... C'mon. Woo for a bendy phone based on Sybian technologies! Noone's anywhere near excited enough. I mean if _I_ had a bendy phone based on the Sybian...... Man. I'd do such things to that phone. It'd never be the same.

Bullies (2, Funny)

yintercept (517362) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989344)

The were several bullies at the school that I attended; So, I developed a face that bends.

Kinkyphone! (5, Funny)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989616)

Wow, kinky! A bendy phone that runs on a syb.. oh, a symbian! nevermind!

Will It Blend? (1)

Neuroelectronic (643221) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991334)

That's what I read the first few times...

Nice Astroturfing (4, Insightful)

QuantumG (50515) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989072)

Yawn.

Re:Nice Astroturfing (3, Funny)

rossifer (581396) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989508)

Yawn.
Indeed.

The only thing that might be newsworthy about a Motorola phone is if they decided to license Nokia's interface. Every time I think back to the last (so far only) Motorola phone I had the misfortune of spending a fortune on, I recall the glee and joy when I smeared that phone between a rapidly dropping 20 pound sledgehammer and a large granite boulder at midnight under the full moon...

My rage and fury were all about the absolutely horrific user interface. Yes, it was that bad.

The beer consumed in preparation for the demolition of the hell spawn (Mot 770) was rather tasty, however :)

Ross

Re:Nice Astroturfing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17990032)

This device is definitely running S60. There are only two UI providers for Symbian: Nokia S60 and Sony Ericsson UIQ. UIQ is touchscreen whereas this phone is button input only. It also has other characteristics in line with S60: the lack of UIQ's ubiquitous jogwheel and the presence of the home button.

Looks like you may have a reason to upgrade after all ; )
[I should probably add that I work for Nokia S60.]

Re:Nice Astroturfing (1)

cdrdude (904978) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990880)

Yes, but does it run Linux?

Sorry, sorry, I couldn't resist =)

Re:Nice Astroturfing (1)

altek (119814) | more than 7 years ago | (#17992194)

Your prayers have been answered. This phone runs Symbian.

I have owned numerous Moto's and while I dislike their UI, I enjoy the amazing hack-ability of them, with a large hacking community supporting it.

Anyway, this is total astroturfing, it's not that revolutionary, and it doesn't really "bend" at all, it just kicks out at the end of it's slide so it is more like a 160 degree angle instead of a straight line.

Re:Nice Astroturfing (1)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 7 years ago | (#17998454)

I've always been a fan of Motorola phones, but I've never known how 'hackable' they were. I might even go back to Verizon if I could unlock my phone so I could use the Bluetooth for data transfer. Can you give me some links?

Re:Nice Astroturfing (1)

altek (119814) | more than 7 years ago | (#18160424)

If you're a VZW customer you're pretty limited in what you can do. Most flexibility comes from the GSM phones. Finding out more is left as an exercise in Google to you.

Re:Nice Astroturfing (1)

orielbean (936271) | more than 7 years ago | (#17993756)

Sounds like somebody should try a test drive before you slap down the cashish next time...

Re:Nice Astroturfing (1)

MatB (845512) | more than 7 years ago | (#17995884)

This'd be a distinct case of YMMV. My first phone was a Motorola, my current is, and every time I've tried a Nokia, my reaction has been similar to yours, I can't stand their interface nor their UI.

Ah well.

Re:Nice Astroturfing (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 7 years ago | (#18001778)

I just want to say that I feel precisely the opposite way. I love motorola's interface and the icon+name list view. I absolutely despise nokia's interface and the big-icons interface. I can never find anything on a nokia. The settings options have bizarre names. Etc etc. I think we just have to accept that various people have different preferences... But I won't even consider a Nokia phone, and it's specifically because of the interface.

Better pictures (5, Informative)

yknott (463514) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989094)

There are some better pictures at engaget:

  http://www.engadget.com/2007/02/12/motorolas-motor izr-z8-a-symbian-kick-slider-with-hsdpa [engadget.com]

Re:Better pictures (2, Informative)

r_jensen11 (598210) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989746)

From those pictures, it's impossible to tell if the phone bends or if it just slides on a curved track. From http://direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/motorizrz8/ [motorola.com] , it looks like part of the back end of the phone can pivot once the phone is slid open. I hardly call that bending.

Re:Better pictures (4, Insightful)

maxume (22995) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990210)

Do you pivot your elbow? Or maybe you articulate it?

Re:Better pictures (1)

r_jensen11 (598210) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994276)

With the phrase "phone that bends," I believed that the message was conveying that the phone was somewhat like the Gumby character. Also, it's not really as if the phone bends because you have to unslide the thing for it to "bend." The phrase "phone that bends" would apply more logically to a candybar-styled phone.

Re:Better pictures (1)

mgblst (80109) | more than 7 years ago | (#17995666)

Well, you have to use logic when thinking about it. It is not a Gumby character, it is a phone. Just because your dreams about having a plasticine phone have been shattered, no need to start blaming people.

Re:Better pictures (1)

airos4 (82561) | more than 7 years ago | (#17995744)

Well, if it isn't "Gumby" which is what I anticipated too, then it's no more a bendy phone than my current flip phone. By your logic, that's amazing too because it actually "bends" about 175 degrees to create a smaller form factor when not in use.

Re:Better pictures (1)

jsight (8987) | more than 7 years ago | (#17996754)

Exactly. And the flip phone even end up in a "bended" state rather than flat. This making slashdot is just plain silly.

Wow! It does all that? (4, Funny)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989096)

Can you make phone calls with it?

(Yo dog! Where you at?!!?)

Re:Wow! It does all that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17991594)

I think a more applicable question is: Can you install Linux on it?

Re:Wow! It does all that? (1)

Mythrix (779875) | more than 7 years ago | (#17995168)

For what other reason would you want to put the phone up to your face?

On second thought, don't answer that.

And the point is? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17989108)

The phone is a slider. All I see here is a slider made to emulate the bend of your everyday flip phone. If you notice, it has about the same bend that a RAZR does when open.

Seriously though, what exactly is the point? It's not as if getting the microphone 1 centimeter closer to your face will make much of a difference, and for people with oily skin it just makes more of the phone get dirty. I see absolutely no functional value whatsoever in making a slide-phone bendy.

Re:And the point is? (4, Informative)

Jim Hall (2985) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989432)

And interestingly, the Z8 doesn't magically bend as the subject implies, but it has a hinge. Slide the face up (neat) and you give the hinge room to move. It's not bendy, it's hinged.

Re:And the point is? (1)

DogDude (805747) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989480)

Any idea how that makes it different from the billions of cell phones on the planet that also have hinges that "bend" to fit your face? I think that this is a solution in search of a problem. I wasn't aware that there are people who have trouble with telephones fitting their face.

Re:And the point is? (1)

CamD (964822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990020)

Apparently you've never heard of Side Talking [sidetalkin.com] .

Re:And the point is? (1)

CamD (964822) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990308)

Dang website redirects to the homepage. Try this one [sidetalkin.com] .

Re:And the point is? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17992866)

Frank, if you don't shut the fuck up, we will shut you up.

We are Legion.

Re:And the point is? (3, Insightful)

LihTox (754597) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989538)

Seriously though, what exactly is the point? It's not as if getting the microphone 1 centimeter closer to your face will make much of a difference

Psychologically speaking, putting the microphone closer to the mouth might convince some people that they don't have to shout into the phone.

Re:And the point is? (1)

LilGuy (150110) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990846)

Thanks Dr. Phil. Let's do lunch babe.

Re:And the point is? (1)

blubadger (988507) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994934)

Psychologically speaking, this is indeed a bit of a conundrum. Motorola first made clamshell ergonomics a selling point years ago (remember the ads with the guy's mouth revolving round his face?

But the reality is that a bent phone improves the user experience for only one person - the person receiving the call. Motorola clearly has an optimistic view of human nature if it thinks this can sell phones.

Re:And the point is? (1)

cmorgan47 (720310) | more than 7 years ago | (#17996426)

i think sending a bit of the signal from the mic to the ear piece, like they did on regular phones, would do this better.....and god i wish they would

Re:And the point is? (1)

Adambomb (118938) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989848)

That is because you don't think like an evil marketing director. If you want to add artificial obsolescence to your devices, why not add moving parts. Stress points? Why yes, the more the merrier, thankfully cabling and such will snap sooner.

Whats that? You're on a 36 month contract and do not want to pay for your service with no device to use the service? Well you're in luck, You can buy another! No cash on hand? Thats ok, just sign on the dotted line.

I mean, having a difficulty caused by a contract is definitely a reason to sign a longer contract....isnt it?

Re:And the point is? (1)

drawfour (791912) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990186)

All I see here is a slider made to emulate the bend of your everyday flip phone.
That's exactly the point. The bend of your every day flip phone is something that a lot of people really like. I like the feel of a flip phone and do not like the feel of a standard PDA-style or straight-style phone.

Re:And the point is? (1)

Raistlin77 (754120) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990772)

There's a solution for those peuple. It's called a flip phone. Oooooo... Ahhhhh...

Re:And the point is? (1)

drawfour (791912) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990842)

This is a slider phone, useful as a PDA and texting device. A flip phone is annoying to have to flip it out to use it as a PDA. So with this, you get the best of both worlds -- a regular PDA and texting phone, _and_ the comfortable bend that many people like.

Oooooo... Ahhhhh...

beaten to the punch (4, Funny)

President_Camacho (1063384) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989136)

Motorola has unveiled a phone that bends in order to make putting it up to your face more comfortable.
I can already accomplish "kick & slide" functionality with my treo 650. Which is usually what I want to do when it crashes.

What else can they get to bend? (3, Funny)

Radon360 (951529) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989142)

Now if they can only make it bend the RF signal over that damned hill in front of the cell tower...

Hmm (5, Funny)

Lithdren (605362) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989164)

if this thing has an option to vibrate, instead of ring, they got a winner on their hands! What? Why are you looking at me like that..

Re:Hmm (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17989230)

that would be the Motorola Sybian based phone

Re:Hmm (0, Offtopic)

Lithdren (605362) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990028)

"Ride the wave of the future!"

Can I copywrite that?

Z3, Z6, Z8 (1)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989174)

First I wanted the RIZR Z3...but it wasn't available through US carriers, though you could order an unlocked phone for just under $300.

Then I heard the RIZR Z6 was coming out - Linux OS, shinier casing, Windows Media Player and associated DRM. Still no 3G.

Now the RIZR Z8, this bendable phone, is launching either with or in place of the Z6. It runs Symbian, has 3G data speeds, and some odd colors. It will probably cost $900 or $34 with a 2 year contract.

Re:Z3, Z6, Z8 (1)

CCFreak2K (930973) | more than 7 years ago | (#17995354)

Then I heard the RIZR Z6 was coming out - Linux OS, shinier casing, Windows Media Player and associated DRM. Still no 3G.

Err...did I miss something? Since when was Windows Media Player ported to Linux?

Re:Z3, Z6, Z8 (1)

lymond01 (314120) | more than 7 years ago | (#17998226)

Surprised me too, but that's what the specs on the phone as well as the reviews tell everyone.

No surprise...there was a time when parts of the Microsoft web site ran on Linux too. :-)

Wow, a phone that bends.... (1)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989206)

life just doesn't make sense anymore...that's wild...really

seriously WTF?

Ok..ya know....that was harsh... (1)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989246)

I can see the add campaign now:

The new Sony Razor - now with Bend-O-Tech technology,

The phone that conforms to your face!

Yea, that'll work...all they need now is a good "jingle".

Re:Ok..ya know....that was harsh... (2, Funny)

Feanturi (99866) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989472)

The phone that conforms to your face! ...with 4 microphones like the others have, plus a 5th mic for those hard-to-hear conversations.

How about my arse (1)

AIFEX (1036394) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989208)

I dont need a phone to bend around my face. However, thats not to say that the principle isnt good. I mean, surely it holds something over Samsungs "Worlds Slimmest" handset, that will, predictably, be subject to many breakages after being inserted into a pocket. http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/02/12/samsung_de buts_ultra_edition_deux/ [reghardware.co.uk]

Re:How about my arse (0, Offtopic)

KoldKompress (1034414) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990174)

I brought one of Samsungs Ultra Edition mobiles - the worlds slimmest slider, the D900. Very good functionality for such a small device - and it hasn't broken yet, really good product in my opinion...

Re:How about my arse (1)

AIFEX (1036394) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990338)

Ive never had one so I cant really say. I just get the impression that something that slim in a bumside pocket is just asking for trouble. Hell, even a packet of smokes in a back pocket rarely survive.

i'm glad it bends (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17989216)

so i can shove it up my ass better

The Eclectic Slide (2, Funny)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989222)

Taking a lesson from Sony, Motorola has declared this phone the winner in the bendy-slider phone format. In addition, remarked a Motorola talking-head, "we were going to call it the 'Eclectic Slide', but were afraid we'd get sued by Richard Silver [slashdot.org] ".

easier to swallow too! (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989224)

Last week's wierd story [10tv.com] .

Bite my shiny, metal ... (0, Offtopic)

Schraegstrichpunkt (931443) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989444)

... battery!

Here's an R&D Breakthrough, Motorola! (2, Insightful)

rtblmyazz (592071) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989456)

If Motorola could make a phone that doesn't drop every other call or have the OS not lag behind keystrokes or crash I'd be impressed. I've stuck with Motorola for the past ten years based on their performance back in the "good old days" of analog cell phones. I've been continually disappointed. I'm using my last Motorola phone. Thanks for producing shiny garbage, Motorola, you're not getting any more money out of me.

Re:Here's an R&D Breakthrough, Motorola! (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991714)

Thanks for producing shiny garbage, Motorola, you're not getting any more money out of me.

Well I just changed from Sony Ericsson for most of the same reasons, and I am pretty happy with my Motorola C139. Phones seem to be converging on the same crap standard so I don't think you are going to be impressed.

Re:Here's an R&D Breakthrough, Motorola! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17994062)

Also, I think plenty of people are blaming handsets for what are really network problems, like dropped calls when you have a strong signal (network is too busy).

I have found that at fringe coverage areas, my Motorola GSM phones often have outperformed my friends' phones from other vendors in terms of getting enough signal to hold a conversation. I think their radio stuff is still pretty sensible. I also continue to find them very robust at being GPRS modems attached to a computer, whereas I hear many horror stories about other brand phones having very flaky GPRS data session support.

I do dislike how the newer fancier LCD phones seem to have terrible lag in basic user interaction compared to the older phones like my trusty v66i. And this is with so much more processor horsepower, sufficient to run its MPEG movie recording and MP3 music playback, do EDGE web browsing, etc.!

Re:Here's an R&D Breakthrough, Motorola! (1)

Eternauta3k (680157) | more than 7 years ago | (#18018878)

And this is with so much more processor horsepower, sufficient to run its MPEG movie recording and MP3 music playback, do EDGE web browsing, etc.!
They do have more horsepower, but you have to consider many of those features are built into a chip that does from CPU tasks to LCD driving and MP3 decoding. It doesn't necesarily have lots of general-purpose horsepower.

Re:Here's an R&D Breakthrough, Motorola! (1)

clonmult (586283) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994814)

I've been using a variety of Motos for years, and haven't had any issues.

My T720 always felt like it would break, but its lasted as good as any other phone. The UI was basic, but never lagged.
The V525 kept on going no matter what, and its had one heckuva beating, the UI was slightly nicer than the T720, never had any issues with menu lag.
Finally got a V3, overall worked exactly the same as the V525.

I've heard of plenty of issues with Motos lagging on the menus, but that seems to be as much down to operator customisations. If you go on the vanilla/stock Moto firmware, these issues don't tend to exist.

And iTap still works better for me than any other text entry system.

Re:Here's an R&D Breakthrough, Motorola! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17995464)

T720 and V635 both worked well for me. Dunno what you're talking about.

I don't even like the interface on my wife's Nokia phones because I'm used to the Motorola.

Motorola phones are heavily lagged (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17989490)

Why is there lag when trying to scroll through the address book in a motorola phone?

They seriously need to address the lag/performance issue before worrying about anything else.

Mod Parent Up (2)

p0tat03 (985078) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989930)

I would personally like to hear some explanation of it. The hardware in a Moto phone is no slouch compared to its competitors, so why is it that I get a very very annoying delay every time I hit a button? It seriously hinders the usability of their phones, and this problem has existed for YEARS without a fix. Every time I use my friend's Sony-Ericsson phone I am continually amazed at how responsive it is.

C'mon Motorola, what gives?

Coming soon! (1)

AeroIllini (726211) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989530)

This phone should be available* in the US just in time for the 2011 holiday shopping season!

*Only available from Verizon when coupled with a new 2-year contract. Not all features may be available. Additional Bent Phone Fee of $3.99 a month applies. The Bending Feature of this phone may only be used according to the terms and conditions set forth in the Customer Agreement.

Re:Coming soon! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17989670)

And don't forget the charge of 10 cents per bend operation.

Re:Coming soon! (1)

nothing now (1062628) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989762)

no not 2011, it'll be out when they want it read (when pigs fly) "innovation?, verizon smash!"

Verizon will diable the bend. (5, Insightful)

KodaK (5477) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989546)

I wonder how much Verizon will charge to enable the "bend" feature.

Whip-dee-freekin-doo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17989644)

Whip-dee-freekin-doo.

If it ever gets made (1)

Hennell (1005107) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989660)

This phone [nokia888.com] bends better. Okay so it may not exist (yet), but that's no reason not to watch the cool video.

bending school (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17989700)

that's nice, but my v220 (a stupid phone?) bends too.

Motorola's doing Symbian again? (1)

Kenja (541830) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989726)

Motorola's doing Symbian again? They where part of the Symbian group with Nokia and Sony when I first started writing software for the phone platform. However allmost right away they and Sony pulled out, taking with them a lot of technology from Symbian for their own phone software.

If you've not tried it before, Symbian is a realy kick ass platform for phones. Multi tasking, protected memory, TCP/IP the whole nine yards.

Re:Motorola's doing Symbian again? (1)

milas (988484) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990014)

I agree! I'm posting this from my Symbian phone right OUT OF MEMORY

Re:Motorola's doing Symbian again? (1)

einarw (887199) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990812)

> If you've not tried it before, Symbian is a realy kick ass
> platform for phones.
Oh I've tried the Nokia N91 all right. Kick ass platform maybe, but the user interface is nothing to write home about. Iphone here I come.

Re:Motorola's doing Symbian again? (1)

Richy_T (111409) | more than 7 years ago | (#17992378)

the whole nine yards.

It failed because that's too big to slip into your pocket.

Rich

better name? (1)

zixor (869704) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989798)

In keeping with Motorola's lame-ass naming scheme, I don't see how they could pass on calling it the Moto BENDR ... except for the fact that Matt Groening would probably kick their asses.

Re:better name? (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990122)

That's funny.

But what's the Matt Groening connection?

Re:better name? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17990302)

Bender is a character - a 'bending robot' - in Futurama, a science-fiction cartoon by Matt Groening. He bends things.

Now hand in your geek card.

Re:better name? (1)

gzerphey (1006177) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990418)

You... are... not from around here are you?

Re:better name? (1)

tchuladdiass (174342) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991580)

In keeping with Motorola's lame-ass naming scheme, I don't see how they could pass on calling it the Moto BENDR ... except for the fact that Matt Groening would probably kick their asses.
That would be MOTO BNDR

Flip phones (1, Insightful)

ksattic (803397) | more than 7 years ago | (#17989986)

Flip phones already "bend" in the middle to fit your face, just as this phone "bends".

Kiss my shiney plastic... (4, Funny)

straponego (521991) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990048)

Man, I want a bender phone. One you can bend to any angle: 30 degrees, 32 degrees, you name it. 31...

Re:Kiss my shiney plastic... (1)

physicsboy500 (645835) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991482)

Man, I want a bender phone. One you can bend to any angle: 30 degrees, 32 degrees, you name it. 31...

"But I couldn't go on living after I found out what the phones were featured in..."

"/. articles!"

Oh, come on (1)

ultramk (470198) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990202)

Any phone will bend. Once.

M-

Awesome, another waste of technology. (1)

bigwave111 (1046082) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990214)

All those fancy features and only Cingular and Verizon to play with. It'll probably have the reliability and performance of Rusty the narcoleptic dog.

Speaking of bending... (1)

linumax (910946) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990314)

I can't wait to get my hands on this one [engadget.com] . (just a concept, but one can wish!)

Mine is already bent (1)

inphorm (604192) | more than 7 years ago | (#17990330)

And broken, I've had 4 different Motorolla 3G phones (A920, A925 and A1000) and a Nokia 3G phone (Nokia E61), all with the Symbian OS.

I think Motorolla and Nokia need to get over their fascination with the Symbian OS. In my experience (total of 13 handsets based on SymbianOS) Symbian is a very unstable platform, my phones will randomly restart themselves or turn themselves off, my email and text messages will stop coming in if I don't reboot the phone every 48 hours. I had a bug on my Nokia and my A1000 that stopped me from sending text messages until I installed a hack that cleared out some of the message memory (this is after I had already tried deleting every text message in the phone and installing a 2Gb memory card).

I've had a heap of other problems with Symbian OS too, but this probably isn't the place for this.. Sorry for the rant, but I really don't like SymbianOS at the moment, hopefully they can come up with something more stable soon.

It's pretty pathetic when something that Microsoft makes (Windows Mobile) actually looks stable and useful in comparison. Haha

- paul

http://www.paulpichugin.com.au/ [paulpichugin.com.au]

Re:Mine is already bent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17990748)

I think you might have installed some dodgy apps. Application signing (in Symbian phones from about 6 months ago onwards) should hopefull stop inexperienced users from screwing their phones and blaming the OS.

Re:Mine is already bent (1)

inphorm (604192) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991162)

I'm hardly an inexperienced user and my Nokia E61 only has the standard image with no extra apps installed. As for the Motorollas, I only started screwing around with them after they were stuffed.
Any apps I installed on those previous to them screwing up were all signed correctly and I verified them to be completely suitable for that particular flavor of Symbian.

- paul

http://www.paulpichugin.com.au/ [paulpichugin.com.au]

Re:Mine is already bent (1)

thaig (415462) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994988)

You might want to update the firmware on your e61. They are operator-specific, unfortunately, and there might not be one for your operator yet. One has to take precautions when doing this (such as backing up contacts and making sure you have copies of your installed software) but if something goes wrong then you can take it to a service centre.

It is bad that such a thing should be needed but at least stuff does get fixed.

Cheers,

Tim

Re:Mine is already bent (1)

inphorm (604192) | more than 7 years ago | (#18007528)

Hey Tim,

Yeah I've updated my firmware and it's a little more stable, but I don't have enough confidence that it's going to work 100% of the time. Phones can be such a pain in the butt at times.. haha

- paul

http://www.paulpichugin.com.au/ [paulpichugin.com.au]

mod D0wn (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17991344)

United States of a prOductivity

Going Retro (1)

dazlari (711032) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991878)

I used to have one of these when I was a little kid (~30yrs ago). It was called a banana.

Now there's a thought, and Apple Banana phone!

Why? (1)

wellingj (1030460) | more than 7 years ago | (#17993594)

What's the point in this?
It's a stupid Gimick to get your sister to buy a new phone and that's it.
The only feature that would get me to buy it would be if it is running
Linux underneath, and it's not. This is just another Consumer Phone.

I'm waiting for OpenMoko and the Neo1973.

This is great! (1)

Todamont (1034534) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994950)

I tried to bend my phone once, it just snapped shut right on my face. I would buy this if I could still use phones.

Ooh pretty colors (1)

pissedoffamerican (1002647) | more than 7 years ago | (#18002740)

Puke green and black. The new wave in cell phone decoration.
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