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  1. Vector
    November 6, 2013


  2. why06
    November 6, 2013

    the Ara Project seems more reasonable. I honestly think Phonebloks is a joke.

    It looks like an engineering nightmare. The benefits are great, but that depends on public adoption too. Even on a standard laptop or desktop often you have to change the entire motherboard to get a new processor. On many laptops today it is impossible. maybe a GPU or screen could be changed out, but then you run into other issues.

    upgrading from a 1080p to 4k display you now need a better processor & GPU to push that fidelity, etc, etc. Phones an intricately designed object. And the trend is leading to System On Chip, which offers a great deal more performance. This offers the opposite of that, a nightmare engineering problem, and a tech support nightmmare of many people just generally removing part of their phone with no idea what they’re doing.

    Granny: “I changed my processor out for a bigger battery”
    Tech Support: “Mam, you need that for the OS to run.”
    Granny: “What’s an OS.”

    It’s a cute design, but terrible idea, every fiber in me from 5+ years of computer programming and learning about computer hardware just cringes at the thought of it.

    • Chip Frey
      November 6, 2013

      I love the Phonebloks idea, but the Granny point is horribly valid, unfortunately. I can only imagine the tech support calls. As for the implementation, well the frame would have no chipset from what I’d guess. It would take a whole new design approach, but it could be done. I would think a casing with a pair of lockscrews would be a better idea than all those modules though, I can only imagine dropping your phone and it explodes Lego-style while you scramble to beat any opportunistic passers by to the parts before they get a brand new Snapdragon 800 for free.

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