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sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:50:12 PM
re: AT&T Readies Its First LTE Phones

I agree. And, that explains why we hae all these patent lawsuits today. It's a tough balance though because these are the features that people want. I think that's why most handset makers are concentrating on software instead.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:50:12 PM
re: AT&T Readies Its First LTE Phones

Why do all the Android smartphones look alike? I think it's a testament to the "follower" mentality that many of the leading phone manufacturers have -- instead of just being a copy of the iPhone, why not try something really different? Like a decent flip-phone smartphone? (Does anyone like pocket or purse-dialing?)?


The only significant different Android phone out there is the 3D one from Sprint and HTC and I have to question the widespread appeal for that "feature." Until someone tries something really different or new these manufacturers are still chasing Apple from far behind. And when a 4G iPhone comes out, it may be game over except for the sub-$100 category.&nbsp;

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:50:12 PM
re: AT&T Readies Its First LTE Phones

Why do all the Android smartphones look alike? I think it's a testament to the "follower" mentality that many of the leading phone manufacturers have -- instead of just being a copy of the iPhone, why not try something really different? Like a decent flip-phone smartphone? (Does anyone like pocket or purse-dialing?)?


The only significant different Android phone out there is the 3D one from Sprint and HTC and I have to question the widespread appeal for that "feature." Until someone tries something really different or new these manufacturers are still chasing Apple from far behind. And when a 4G iPhone comes out, it may be game over except for the sub-$100 category.&nbsp;

jdbower 12/5/2012 | 4:50:12 PM
re: AT&T Readies Its First LTE Phones

It's interesting you've got that view. &nbsp;There are small screen black slabs (much like the old Sony Ericsson P800/900 series if you want to go earlier than the iPhone), large screen black slabs, black slabs with curved screens, horizontal slider keyboards, fixed vertical keyboards, thick ones, thin ones, cheap ones, expensive ones, dual screen phones (Kyocera Echo) and even a handful of flip phones like the Motorola XT806. &nbsp;Problem is flip phones seem dated today, half the screen real estate (or at least broken up into two chunks) and more associated with freebie phones than in the old StarTAC days. Android does have a lot of faults, but all looking the same isn't one of them.


The iPhone, on the other hand, has only a single model at a time.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:50:13 PM
re: AT&T Readies Its First LTE Phones

LTE is an important differentiator for smartphones, but I think they're all starting to look alike. What hardware features will be most important to people - thinness, touchscreen? Or think it's at all about the hardware for LTE too?

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