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April 14, 2008 4:32 PM   Subscribe

The world's smallest cell phone! The world's smallest cell phone! The world's smallest cell phone! The world's smallest cell phone! The world's smallest cell phone! The world's smallest cell phone! The world's smallest cell phone! The world's smallest cell phone!
posted by Fuzzy Skinner (36 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
As a person with hearing aids (which don't work with many cell phones), I'm not impressed. The Xun Chi and Haier Black Pearl come close in size.
posted by bad grammar at 4:39 PM on April 14, 2008


I have it right here!

OhnowaitIsalreadylostsit.
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 4:40 PM on April 14, 2008


It's almost like Fuzzy Skinner's trying to tell us something...
posted by lekvar at 4:41 PM on April 14, 2008


It's almost like Fuzzy Skinner's trying to tell us something...

Yeah, dammit, someone buy me a cool new cell phone!
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 4:44 PM on April 14, 2008


A more serious response:
I was talking to a cell phone engineer at one point, and he told me that current technology could easily allow us to build a cell phone the size of a pencil, but the current thought amongst the marketing types was that consumers want features, features, features at a premium price more than a small, cheap, simple phone.
posted by lekvar at 4:44 PM on April 14, 2008


awwwww they're so cuuuuuute!!!!!

coochi coochi coooooo ^^
posted by Planet F at 4:49 PM on April 14, 2008


I had one of these again before and I loved it. Tiny, tiny, tiny and easily pocketable. But of course it didn't need a texting/internet/GPS/camera/video screen.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 4:50 PM on April 14, 2008


The world's smallest cellphone at 4 mins, 30 secs.
posted by HotPatatta at 4:50 PM on April 14, 2008 [4 favorites]


Fuzzy Skinner, I like your style.

As someone with hands that are, let's say, not all that small, I never got into the whole obsession with small cell phones. Yet at the same time, I also hate many of the new features - the cameras seem useless to me, the GPS just lets people track your movements, and I'm never quick enough with the video function to catch anything newsworthy.

Dear gods, I've just realised I fail at modern cosmopolitan life.
posted by cosmonik at 5:01 PM on April 14, 2008


OOPS: "I had one of these again before and I loved it." The "again" was left over from my original wording of the sentence.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 5:09 PM on April 14, 2008


The world's smallest cell phone!
The world's smallest cell phone!
posted by Floydd at 5:25 PM on April 14, 2008


I have one of those pantech c300s. I'd prefer a phone with a usb port.
posted by puke & cry at 5:27 PM on April 14, 2008


The world's coolest smell phone!
The world's coolest smell phone!
The world's coolest smell phone!
etc.
posted by not_on_display at 5:31 PM on April 14, 2008


Heh, I went through the first four saying, "there'd goddamn better be a Zoolander reference after looking at all these stupid phones!"
posted by SassHat at 5:33 PM on April 14, 2008


I clicked six of those antique links, and I want my time back.
*sucks tooth
Wait, now I want twice my time back since I also took the time to write this.
posted by sswiller at 5:36 PM on April 14, 2008


not_on_display

Since cell cameras empowered me to take my sister's phone, snap pictures of my dog's b-hole and set it to her background, God know's what smells I could upload to it.

I'm thinking a 3 day old unflushed toilet with milk and dead fish in it.
posted by The Power Nap at 5:40 PM on April 14, 2008


That bluetooth watch is AWESOME!!!
posted by winks007 at 6:31 PM on April 14, 2008


I was talking to a cell phone engineer at one point, and he told me that current technology could easily allow us to build a cell phone the size of a pencil, but the current thought amongst the marketing types was that consumers want features, features, features at a premium price more than a small, cheap, simple phone.

Actually, I'm one of those marketing types for a large wireless carrier. It's that we want consumers to want the premium features not necessarily that they do want it. But what drives technology and growth is the consumers purchasing the more profitable devices.
posted by Octoparrot at 6:32 PM on April 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Apply directly to the forehead!
posted by ALongDecember at 7:02 PM on April 14, 2008 [3 favorites]


I luuuurve my Pantech C300. It's tiny and practically indestructible. Wouldn't trade it for the world. However my friend David keeps threatening to eat it.
scares me. he probably could.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:29 PM on April 14, 2008


B_B that Pantech is my favorite. I'm hoping it works with my system and is available when I qualify for my free phone swap in February.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 7:43 PM on April 14, 2008


This cell phone....it vibrates?

(sorry, had to do be done)
posted by bartleby at 7:59 PM on April 14, 2008


I'm already worried enough that I'm going to lose my (black) cell phone (in my black backpack), damnit! Stop making life harder!
posted by bettafish at 8:19 PM on April 14, 2008


I want a phone imbedded in one of my molars that transmits sound by bone induction and can pick up subvocalization.

While you're at it, include some great voice synthesis software and fuzzy AI that can query and summarize web pages and wikipedia, and can act as an electronic personal assistant.

Oh, oh, and have it record all of my conversations and ambient speech, and be able to play it back paraphrased in the synth voice or in the original voice.

Thanks!
posted by porpoise at 8:25 PM on April 14, 2008


OMG, I'm on Metafilter! I just got my third Pantech C300 (fourth link) today, and I'm charging it up now. w00t!
posted by dhammond at 9:13 PM on April 14, 2008


Seems like the size of the phone is dictated more by usability issues then technology. They could be made much smaller.

Probably in a few years those idiots walking around with bluetooth headsets in their ears all the time will start simply wearing entire phones in their ears all the time.
posted by delmoi at 9:23 PM on April 14, 2008


porpoise: I want all that, plus to live in an arcology in the burned-out heart of Los Angeles.
posted by agentofselection at 9:56 PM on April 14, 2008


NO, I'M SPARTACUS THE WORLD'S SMALLEST CELL PHONE!
posted by champthom at 10:00 PM on April 14, 2008


I want a cellphone implanted directly onto my neural cortex so I can just communicate telepathically. No talking at all FTW!

Hey, I may get a brain tumor, but at least I won't look like one of those idiots with a bluetooth headset wandering around a grocery store babbling to themself.
posted by Talanvor at 12:02 AM on April 15, 2008


My phone is too big. How do I buy and use one of these with my Verizon plan?
posted by book at 12:23 AM on April 15, 2008


You have to give it up for Rudy Krolopp, inventor of the brick phone. Ever since I saw Gordon Gekko walking on the beach, I still want that phone.
Though I have no idea where you put it when you're not talking on it.
posted by From Bklyn at 3:40 AM on April 15, 2008


You want the world's smallest cell phone? here you go:

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posted by Kirth Gerson at 3:53 AM on April 15, 2008 [1 favorite]


to win in chess, you have to trot the king.

-- wyclef jean, carnival ii, memoirs of an immigrant
posted by ntnlgrsslnds at 4:11 AM on April 15, 2008


Ever since I saw Gordon Gekko walking on the beach , I still want that phone.
Amazing how a few years can intervene to make someone go from looking ultra-cool to ultra-dorky.

Though I have no idea where you put it when you're not talking on it.
I think he buried it in the sand as soon as he hung up.
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 4:35 AM on April 15, 2008


How many times have you been driving down some rural highway and seen a sign advertising the "world's best" something-or-other? Or even world-famous.

Fuddruckers? Please.

I remember being in the audience at Portland's now-defunct Ramblin' Rod show in the mid-80s and we were blessed by the presence of a man who was the "world's greatest" in the field of rodeo riding/whathaveyou.

Professional sports teams usually have to beat all the other teams in North American before they can claim the title of "world's greatest".

Someone needs to start an international regulatory committee to police some of these claims. They're verifiable claims, tossed around as a marketing gimmick with no actual weight behind them. You can't just throw around a superlative like that without something to back it up. What are the Guinness Book of World Records people doing about this?
posted by sportbucket at 5:14 PM on April 15, 2008


(Working on my next post: World's best coffee...)
posted by Fuzzy Skinner at 5:16 PM on April 15, 2008


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