Technology is an ever-advancing beast, though not always for the better. A paper-thin smartphone, for example, is something we’re simply not interested in, while manufacturers are seemingly obsessed with shaving off every last tenth of a millimetre.
With that notion in mind, I scoured my brain for five further technologies that we’re really not bothered about; five things our mobile phones are quite happy without.
As per tradition, this Mobo-countdown is presented to you in no particular order, other than what order they done came out of my brain.
All aboard? Let's dance.
Yeah, I don’t hate 3D quite as much as I used to, thanks in part to the Nintendo 3DS and removal of the 3D surcharge at my local cinema (as a Premium cardholder type guy).
But really, does 3D have a place on smartphones? Given the fact that LG and HTC were the only big names to dabble in 3D phone action (heck, even Samsung wasn’t interested), and considering the 3D phone pipeline is completely dry, we’re clearly not alone.
However, there's the lingering fear of a resurgence led by one of the top dogs. Can you imagine a world with a 3D iPhone? Bleurgh.
We’re not opposed to 4G LTE mobile as such, more so the notion of it being a must-have technology, and one that justifies the currently-outrageous pricing structures being touted by EE, Vodafone and O2.
Around 700,000 people have signed up to EE 4G, but I’d like to know how many of them fully understood what they were signing up for, and how many were duped by upgrades slash sales teams.
I vaguely recall someone being told that they had to upgrade to 4G with their next contract, though I’m not sure if that was on here or in real life. In any case, I guess that’s nothing new – talking sh*t to make a sale.
And hey, the other night I downloaded Shazam (17.5MB) over 3G on my iPhone in a matter of seconds. Why would I want 4G exactly?
NFC (Near Field Communication)
It’s interesting that NFC is all the rage in South Korea, for example, while the UK appears to have emphatically rejected it. We don’t like change here.
One of the primary functions of NFC is in “contactless payments”, but UK consumers remain reluctant, largely on account of security concerns. One particular survey suggested a paltry 17% were ready to replace their wallet with their phone.
Not to mention the fact that actually getting your wallet out and using cash or plastic is this much hassle: none.
Back in 2011, Vodafone’s Guy Laurence promised: “Currently people take their mobile, wallet and keys when they leave home. In the near future, people will now start leaving their wallet at home, and in the mid term their keys may also be integrated into their mobile.”
Clearly that hasn’t happened, and quite frankly we’re ok with that.
This is another one we’re not entirely opposed to, it just depends how exactly it’s implemented.
A flexible display could be deployed to add more durability, for example, or maybe we’re talking about a display that’s naturally curved (like a smartwatch). That’s fine by us.
What we’re not hugely excited about is the persistent tradeshow promise (or perhaps that should be threat) of having phones that actually bend. Why? Just… why?
Ah, this is quite possibly the laziest and most pointless of all technologies on our list: wireless charging.
Instead of plugging a micro-USB cable into your phone, you sit the phone on an expensive wireless charging pad. Seriously? Am I missing something here? Maybe you’d like me to lift you out of bed and put your clothes on for you, too?
Don’t get me wrong; I’m looking forward to a future where magnetic resonance charging means you never have to plug your phone in or worry about your phone being “on charge”. Or maybe solar cells will harvest the power of ambient light.
But a wireless charging pad? We’ll pass, thanks.