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The YotaPhone AKA the "Smartphone of the future"

Young_ChitlinYoung_Chitlin YCN Chief/FCC Member/#RedVelvetSquad Member/IC Task Force GeneralASUville, PhoenixPosts: 22,077 ✭✭✭✭✭
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By Ryu Spaeth | The Week

The YotaPhone is basically an iPhone with two faces: An LCD touchscreen on one side, and a black-and-white reader on the other. It's been a long time since the U.S. and Russia were in a serious technological race, and at least one Russian company has gotten tired of watching old highlight reels of Sputnik. Yota Devices, formerly a unit of Russia's state-run defense corporation, has unveiled a new smartphone that the company hopes will challenge the global supremacy of Apple's iPhone.

The YotaPhone features a color, LCD touchscreen on one face, and a black-and-white e-reader on the other. "We created this to be different," CEO Vladislav Martynov tells The Wall Street Journal. "Most phones nowadays are boring — they are just boxes. This is a phone for people who want to be outside the box." So what exactly is the point of a Janus-like phone? Yota says it's fulfilling a demand for more screens, as users increasingly employ their smartphones for a variety of purposes. The e-reader, which is designed to stay on constantly, can feature a Twitter stream or stock market quotes.

The phone will also reduce the strain on the battery by throwing certain data — such as playlists or appointments — from the energy-guzzling touchscreen to the reader, supposedly boosting battery life by 50 percent. Furthermore, the reader can be used for more banal purposes: Showing the time, actual reading, or displaying a boarding pass, which will remain on screen even if the phone runs out of power.

The phone runs on Google's Android operating system, and both screens are 4.3 inches. It will retail for about $500 when it makes its Russian debut in 2013, and Martynov says he's sending out prototypes to carriers in Europe, Asia, and North America to gauge interest there. Analysts are divided on whether the YotaPhone will make an impression.

There's a lot going against it: For one, "it remains to be seen whether the market treats this as a hardware gimmick, or something truly useful," says Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch. In addition, there are "big risks involved when any smaller player tries to challenge hardware giants based on one particular selling point," says Sharif Sakr at EndGadget, "although there are quite a few examples of that succeeding, especially in emerging markets." Some are even more skeptical, according to the BBC:
"I don't see many users wanting this device in the U.S. or Western Europe," said Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at consultants IDC.

"China may be different — they like more gimmicky phones that can handle several Sim cards and feature unusual types of display — but none of those devices have done well elsewhere." However, Martynov insists that smartphone users have moved beyond the single screen. "Two years ago we were not so dependent on all the kinds of information we consume now, from Facebook and Twitter to news and other RSS feeds," he tells the BBC. "The smartphone is now a window onto this virtual life, but today there's a lot of disappointment when you miss information."
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5 Grand wrote: »
I see a lot of people saying they'd "give" family members money.

Thats not what you want to do.

You want to set up a trust fund so they get a monthly payment. You can set up a trust fund so your mother gets, say, $10,000 a month for the rest of her life. According to my math, $10,000 per month for 20 years is $2.4 million. That's better than giving her $2.4 million up front because she can blow it all in a matter of days and then she'll want more and you'd feel obligated to give it to her.

So if you win, don't "give" anybody anything. Set up a trust fund.

Now that I think about it, I could set up a trust fund for my brother. I'd give him $10,000 a month. He's about 45 now so $10,000 per month for 40 years is only $4.8 million. That makes more sense than giving him the money in one lump sum.

AggyAF wrote: »
Anyone else think it's crazy only about 10 posters regularly post here and we got damn near 500 pages?

All the other sports threads on here are people with hobbies. This is football - the beautiful game. We eat, sleep and drink football.

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  • Young_ChitlinYoung_Chitlin YCN Chief/FCC Member/#RedVelvetSquad Member/IC Task Force General ASUville, PhoenixPosts: 22,077 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    ¡No contaban con mi astucia!
    5 Grand wrote: »
    I see a lot of people saying they'd "give" family members money.

    Thats not what you want to do.

    You want to set up a trust fund so they get a monthly payment. You can set up a trust fund so your mother gets, say, $10,000 a month for the rest of her life. According to my math, $10,000 per month for 20 years is $2.4 million. That's better than giving her $2.4 million up front because she can blow it all in a matter of days and then she'll want more and you'd feel obligated to give it to her.

    So if you win, don't "give" anybody anything. Set up a trust fund.

    Now that I think about it, I could set up a trust fund for my brother. I'd give him $10,000 a month. He's about 45 now so $10,000 per month for 40 years is only $4.8 million. That makes more sense than giving him the money in one lump sum.

    AggyAF wrote: »
    Anyone else think it's crazy only about 10 posters regularly post here and we got damn near 500 pages?

    All the other sports threads on here are people with hobbies. This is football - the beautiful game. We eat, sleep and drink football.

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  • ATTSATTS Posts: 6,663 ✭✭✭✭✭
    America wont give it a shot
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  • Michael_MaliceMichael_Malice #YM Posts: 17,405 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It's a shame it runs Android.
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  • The Lonious MonkThe Lonious Monk Man with No Fucks Given Posts: 24,718 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Pretty stupid idea if you ask me. You can only look at one screen at a time, so having them both is pointless. Every reasonable benefit they noted could be better accomplished by making a phone with a single screen and extra options.

    For instance, they say the black and white screen will allow you to read and save on the battery. So it would make more sense to make a phone with a screen whose settings could be changed to mimic that of an e-reader.
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    But when you die, tell me what the fuck you own.
    When your skin, flesh, and bones find a permanent home
    as food for worms or fossils trapped in stone. - Rza in "What's Going On?"

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