Following up from an earlier post on multitasking I thought about how a perfect phone for me would look like. Admitting that I am difficult to please and that there is no single best phone for everyone, here's what I need in my next phone:
Taking the Nokia N95 as a baseline it has many of the things I need:
- A multitasking operating system so the device can really be 'the world in my hand' as Nokia once said.
- A good camera
- Lots of memory for programs to execute
- Lots of flash memory
- A big but not too big screen, it must fit in the pocket
- A VoIP client
- GPS & a good navigation software I can also use offline because I travel a lot and data roaming costs are sometimes prohibitive
- A reliable alarm clock
- An e-mail client with partial e-mail download
- There must be an Opera Mini version for my future device. Absolutely essential!
- SMS and video calling should be perfectly polished and implemented
- Robustness: It should survive falling to the floor every now and then
O.k. that's what I already have, let's see what I'd like to have in addition:
An easy to use App Store, one who's whole mission is to aggregate the most popular applications at a central place and that gives gives developers a chance to make money. What I don't want is an App Store who is designed to lock me into the preferences of a single company that decides for me which applications I am allowed to use and which not.
When I buy a device, it's mine and I want to do with it what I want without anyone telling me otherwise. In practice that means that I can download applications also from other web sites, receive them via e-mail or side-load them via a memory card. That's how I do it on my PC and I see no reason why it should be different on my mobile device.
Ah yes, I want a memory card so I can load stuff onto my device the way I want. In no way do I want to be limited to a single PC program to exchange content with my device. After all, it's my device and I want to load anything onto it I want.
Privacy is very important to me so I want a device that is designed to give me as much privacy as possible. Some hints: Anonymous interaction with the application store to download applications that are free. A way to buy applications from the app store anonymously. Synchronization of my calendar and address book but not on a single server on the net controlled by a big company but at home so I am in control and nobody by accident or design can reign over my data.
I want a nice graphical user interface and I want a touchscreen, and one that works. You know, a touch screen your fingers glide over nicely, without too much resistance and applications that understand two finger input to zoom in, zoom out, rotate, etc. I am still sort of keen on a physical keyboard but o.k. that's negotiable.
And finally, the device should be slim and lightweight.
A real challenge I admit and no device on the market currently fulfills all points. But as I said I am hard to please and a device which misses even only a single one raises serious doubts in me if it is the next device for me. How long will I have to wait before something shows up that is a worthy successor to the N95?