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What I Need (in a Phone)

October 3, 2012 No Comments



Need: necessity arising from the circumstances of a situation or case (1)


Want: to feel a need or a desire for; wish for (2)

There is a difference in things that I need and things that I want.

The line that separates our needs and wants can be a blurry one. Like most things in life it is hardly easy to discern what we truly need and what we only want. I have this debate in a seemingly daily basis when it comes to the gadgets that I use. I am a geek and that can have damning effects on my ability to separate needs and wants when it comes to technology. Do I need a new phone although my current device is only a few months old? The new phones have more cores, clocked higher, NFC, wireless charging, and ooooh that screen makes my pictures look like they belong in the Louvre! I NEED that pureview camera!!!! The specs…

You get my dilemma!

Then there is a rational process (yes, geeks are capable of rational thought) that considers what I use my phone for and evaluates my current devices capabilities to decide whether or not I need X, Y, or Z feature only found in the upcoming Nokia 920, HTC 8X, or the rumored Microsoft Surface Phone. I call that exercise the dream-killer, but I digress. I took a long hard look at the way I use my phone, what activities I need (for work and personal reasons) to be able to accomplish, and came up with a list. This is a list, not of apps, but of things that any phone I own needs to be able to perform in order to be allowed to become my phone.

Not in order of importance:

  • Take, edit, and share pictures
  • Text and instant messages
  • Email
  • Maps (with navigation)
  • Search
  • Social networking
  • Media (Music & Videos)
  • Calendar
  • To-do list
  • Games (rarely, except when my daughter decides to kidnap my phone or I am bored out of my mind)

Those are my needs. If I can accomplish those things, then it is a phone I need. Improvements, changes, and new features will be first have to satisfy that list. The benefits have to be real to me for me to truly consider upgrading. I will drool over great design and an impressive spec sheet. My money, however, doesn’t go anywhere until the value proposition based on my list is clearly apparent. Want to market your new device or feature to me, tell me how it improves upon my needs. Better yet, show me why I need to add it to my list.

Consider how you use your phone? What do you use for? What do you need it to do? Share in the comments the things that are important that a phone excel at before it can become your phone.


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