LG intentionally missing the target? (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on 2015-08-05 23:53 (#GJ8Q) FTA: > While they may lack features, these retro phones are simple to use, > have batteries that last the week and are practically indestructible > compared to their smartphone equivalents. > The [LG] handset has a 3.2-inch colour touch screen and runs Android > Lollipop 5.1, a modern 1.1GHz quad-core Snapdragon 2010 processor and > 1GB of RAM, supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS....So, let me get this straight: retro, flip-phones are desirable because they are simple, easy to use, and have phenomenal battery life yet LG is intentionally building something complex (Android), slow (Android), and power-hungry (Android, 1.1GHz, quad-core Snapdragon, 1GiB of RAM, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS)? It will be interesting to see if customers eschew the new LG phone because it doesn't fit their requirements. Re: LG intentionally missing the target? (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2015-08-06 13:10 (#GM0E) I had a glassbrick smartphone (Android) and hated it. Now I have a flipphone that cost $12 purchased outright (yes, twelve dollars). It's dumb as a rock (it can't even do call switching, tho it sorta receives texts if they're short enough). Battery life is so-so, about four hours of talk or a couple weeks of disuse. I prefer it because I can carry it in my pocket in the barn and not worry about it getting banged or wet -- won't hurt it a bit, and it was no big investment to start with. And it's FAR easier on both the hand and the ear than the smartphone was.What I'd really like is a flipphone with a full keyboard, such as used to exist but seem to have vanished in favor of larger screens. Then having the smartphone features would make sense. With the push-3-times keyboard, it's all too much bother to use, at least typing in English. (Since I don't type Japanese I can't speak to that.) And make the whole phone a little larger so it's not so dang hard to hang onto; my pocket isn't so tiny that it has to be the size of a matchbox, and my big paws aren't so fond of tiny objects. Re: LG intentionally missing the target? (Score: 1) by email@example.com on 2015-08-06 17:46 (#GMXE) I have a flipphone that cost $12 purchased outrightYou can get an Android 4.x+ used-but-working smartphone for $20 off of Amazon. Not a big investment there, either.I prefer it because I can carry it in my pocket in the barn and not worry about it getting banged or wet -- won't hurt it a bitA number of smartphones are water resistant. And it's cheap to add a case that'll absorb most any shocks without damage. And it's FAR easier on both the hand and the ear than the smartphone was.I find dumb phones don't have the nice noise-canceling that smartphones do. And input a few contacts or type a few text messages, and the smartphone is much easier on the hands.What I'd really like is a flipphone with a full keyboard, such as used to exist but seem to have vanishedI didn't have any problem finding some on Amazon. And they're still making new (dumb) slider phones:* http://www.boostmobile.com/shop/phones/kyocera-verve/ Re: LG intentionally missing the target? (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2015-08-08 11:44 (#GT49) I'm sporting a Samsung note 3, but to my surprise I'm really tempted by that Kyocera! I really like that form factor, not sure if it's nostalgia or what.