What would you build with Project Ara?

Project Ara sounds interesting. Not sure if it'll work in the real world but interesting nonetheless!

What would you build with the current crop of components?

QHD display?
Giant screen?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801/805?
3GB of RAM?

Or something more modest?

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JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2014 at 12:28

Currently nothing and no one needs 3GB RAM in a phone. QHD screen dito.

I'd max out on the battery, cam and stay well below 5-in screen... Beyond that?

Also: IRL I wouldn't bother. :p

matt101101 / MOD  May. 21, 2014 at 14:18

It'll be expensive, so I won't bother. However, if I did I'd go for:

Snapdragon 805 - massive power, very efficient
3GB of RAM - Why not? More is better...
The biggest battery available - everyone likes good battery life
3G only - I don't have 4G and I'm not interested in it until coverage improves
QHD display - the 300PPI myth is absolute b*llocks, more PPI is still noticeable
Average camera - I'm not a big photo taker and don't want to pay more for a fancy camera
No wireless charging - it's pointless and another cost
Plastic body - metal feels nice but is too easy to damage in the real world. Same for glass.

CTPAHHIK  May. 21, 2014 at 15:16

Well, the whole point of project ARA is ability to swap components. Why bother going for top end, when you can have it for half price a few month later?

• QHD display - display technology is slowest to progress. It will be another 5 years before QHD will be surpassed in mainstream. Might as well shell out most money for high end display now, as they will be marginally cheaper in few years.
• Quad Core Snapdragon in 1.7Ghz - 2Ghz range. Has to be Snapdragon due to best power efficiency.
• 1.5GB - 2GB RAM
• Any low light camera that is good enough for bar code scanning and taking credit card/check/coupon pictures
• 4G and 3G radio - no 2G radio (better have world 4G than European 2G). I really do not plan on climbing Himalayas, but do need high speed connection in Asia and Americas
• Dual WiFi – two independent receivers if possible, otherwise dual band WiFi
• No SD card – why bother when you can have SSD (it is definitely coming)
• No SIM Card – can someone please make a virtual SIM card. I just don’t see a point of swapping useless pieces of plastic with 64KB of data
• Body will be metal or aluminum - I don't see any other way to join multiple parts together. Glass cannot be joined together and plastic snaps very easily.

In reality we are looking for another Moto G for three times the price that will be looking like a colored chess board. As an added benefit it will all separate should you drop it, fulfilling adult lego dream.

- Why weren't you picking up?
- Eehh, I was putting my phone together ....

JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2014 at 16:20

hahaha ... I dropped it... can't find the built-in flashlight

JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2014 at 16:22

Also: good point re. virtual sim!!!
To think people ruined phones with stupid adapters, or think god knows what is wrong when really just the sim or the contacts are dirty??? 21st century, eh?


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