The smartphone business is no longer about fun and games, it's possibly the toughest part of the tech business right now. But that hasn't stopped Sony's new CEO, Kaz Hirai, from rolling the dice on smartphones, again.
Thin has been in with cellphones ever since the Motorola Razr, but thin and waterproof? It boggles the mind, but Fujitsu has done it here at CES. I asked the Fujitsu rep under what circumstances you'd need a phone or a tablet that's waterproof and also very very thin, and he couldn't think of any. But I can.
A solar-powered cellphone sure sounds like a great idea: use the power of the sun to never have to charge your phone again, woo! For the last six months, Nokia has had some prototype solar phones out in the wild to see how well this actually works, and the results are in: the sun kinda sucks for charging phones.
Some people might cringe at the idea of losing cellphone signal or feel withdrawal symptoms when a carrier outage happens. For when you do need to quickly take your cellphone off the grid, these bags and cases by MIAmobi should do the trick.
Intel doesn't really make cell phones, but they made this one: it's a reference design built around their newest "Medfield" mobile chipset, and Intel wants manufacturers to steal this design and turn it into a phone you can buy.
Dual-booting your smartphone usually requires a little technical know-how to pull off. What do you do if you want to run every major mobile OS from one cellphone? Go to China and buy a bootleg Nokia N9 apparently.
Nokia showed off a truly unique prototype recently at the Nokia World show in London: a flexible cellphone that could be controlled simply by bending it.
There are a lot of downsides to losing a hand/arm, but one of the upsides is that your replacement arm can be tweaked with a lot more creativity than your original, fleshy version. Just take Trevor Prideaux, who now has a smartphone dock built into his forearm.
Microsoft has come up with a new way for you to use your smartphone — while it's still in your pocket. Prototypes of the system use a touch panel on the back of a phone so that both the front of the back can read gestures, and are sensitive enough to detect inputs through all sorts of fabrics, thick and thin.
If you haven't made the switch to a smartphone yet, your days are numbered, because the future won't have any cellphones in it. Sony Ericsson is the first major cellphone company to stop making "dumbphones." From here on out, its Xperia brand of smartphones will take over.