iPhone nano, best selling cell phone yet to be made?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vandlism, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. vandlism macrumors 6502

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    With today's announcements, AT&T has stated that 146,000 iPhones were activated in the first 36 hours of sale (the last 36 hours of AT&T's financial quarter). While the true numbers are yet to be known, we all wonder how Apple will use their marketing to extend their market share further into the well established cell phone field. Many analysts (and Apple consumers) make claim to Apple creating a smaller brother to the iPhone with the iPhone nano moniker. Recent patent filings help to back up the ideas of future releases. What can we expect to see, given what we already know? There has been an overwhelmingly strong reaction to the iPhone. The hype led many to believe that this would be the end all and everything jesus-phone. What can you do? Regardless, despite a few shortcomings, the phone delivers and provides an experience to users beyond what we're all used to: cheap, clunky and bloated. In steps Apple with an answer, iPhone nano.

    If you look at Apple's strategy for MP3 players with the iPod you will notice their three products: iPod, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle. The iPod provides the user with a large screen, large capacity, but with a price tag and physical size to go along with it. The iPod nano offers many of the same features (sans video, games, etc.) though with a smaller screen, smaller capacity and a physically smaller body. How can we transfer this concept to the now popular and well-known iPhone? Apple introduces an iPhone nano.

    Positioned as gap filler between iPod and iPhone, many consumers who are hungry for an Apple experience but do not need a full-featured iPhone could be lured easily. There are people who simply don't need another iPod-sized object to carry around if they already own a 5g iPod. It's familiarity to users lies in the name with a similar design. I would not expect a touch screen to be present. Its small size would warrant the use of small screen and click-wheel, similar to recent patent filings. One would not expect to see features such as internet, email, YouTube, Google maps, or the like present on an iPhone nano. It's not an internet communications device; it is simply iPod nano + phone. What do we consumers gain? We get the ability to not need to carry around many devices at once and still having the opportunity to own them. A camera phone is no replacement for a digital camera, though it's convenient. An iPod nano, for some, can't replace an iPod with video. But for those users, such as my mother, who would like to have some music, cannot be without a cell phone, and just perhaps does not want to carry a second device (iPod), this product would be wonderful.

    The other gain here is that such an iPhone would be able to work on any cellular network, as long as Apple doesn't have agreements barring it from doing so (which may or may not be in place). We don't need to worry about 3G vs. EDGE; Apple could make a GSM and CDMA version.

    One last comment I would make is that I expect Apple would use the click-wheel for dialing as well. It would be like Apple to see a way to reduce the use of a dialing-pad with many buttons and turn it into just 1 with a scroll wheel. Sure this will become the subject of much criticism and people will laugh for Apple going back to the idea of a rotary dial. However Apple may use some current technologies to make this a great experience for people. The first to note is that Apple would have gotten rid of tiny numbers that some people have trouble seeing or dialing (depending on the size of fingers). As we have seen on the iPhone keyboard, as numbers were scrolled across, there could be an enlargement on screen to make it easily readable. We may also see the "rubber-band" effect where when one reaches the end of a list, the list tends to bounce a bit for visual feedback. As one scrolls around the iPhone nano and clicks a number, the visual rotary pad would spring back to zero, much as an old rotary phone might.
     
  2. buffalo macrumors 65816

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    This is what I believe is key for breakout sales. Apple has loads of potential customers (like me) that for whatever reason are not willing to switch to AT&T. Bring out the iPhone nano for more providers, even the CDMA companies, and sales will explode. Even though I have a nice KRZR on Verizon, I would pay list price to upgrade to this new iPhone. Unfortunately, I believe the "exclusive contract" AT&T has carries over to all phones Apple produces.
     
  3. mojohanna macrumors 6502a

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    I can't see them using a click wheel for dialing. Rotary phones went away back in the early 80's. Using a click wheel to dial numbers would be absolutely annoying, not to mention archaic. Now, if you could use your click wheel to spin thru a contacts list and press the middle button to dial, you would have a nice little input device. However, this does not solve the problems of dialing by number. As others have stated, a possible slider that exposes a number pad, or they might incorporate some more advanced voice dialing.
     
  4. vandlism thread starter macrumors 6502

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    While I like this idea, I think it makes the design too close to that of LG's Chocolate phones, a competitor Apple would probably like to differentiate itself from. Not to mention that such a sliding mechanism adds the kind of bulk that Apple would be keen to lose. If we are syncing our phones with our computers, the most common input would be of that from a contact list and it works. However in the case of needing to dial a whole new number, I think Apple's design philosophy and Ive's cries for only one form of input would lead to this rotary dial. It certainly wouldn't be the first phone to implement the use of a rotary dial and it works for Apple's new flow of not having specific buttons for each control.
     

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