Modular Phones


I’ve been itching to get away from the iPhone and try something new. The Android OS has always been appealing to me because it presents something entirely new and my recent work on a startup’s Android app has intensified that desire. On top of that, I actually haven’t been a huge fan of the newer iPhones. The reason? The banding on the back is not appealing to me. Sure you may call that a marginal detail but to me the details define the beauty. I love the tiny lightning connector port that replaced the 30-pin dock, the larger screen, and shiny bezel, but when I look at the back, its removed from the clean slate that was existent on the iPhone 4 series. iOS 7, although a step in the right direction, was not executed in the best visual sense considering Apple’s reputation. The icons don’t feel like a family and the use of gradients look like a generic run through Photoshop’s default filter sets. So yes, I’m looking to venture beyond iOS.

A clean Android phone like the Nexus 5 would be nice to have but considering I’m on Verizon, a great network with limited hardware selection, I don’t have the luxury of picking one up. Since the buzz around modular phones is really starting to pick up, I’m hoping that when one is available it will be on my network. I was first exposed to the idea of modular phones through the following video by Phonebloks that went viral:

The video basically sums up the beauty of these devices: customization, easy upgrades, longer life spans, reduced electronic waste. Google has really kicked it into high gear to bring these to life by partnering with the Phonebloks concept creators through its Project Ara (formerly operated by Google’s recently sold subsidiary Motorola) and even setting up their first developers conference on these modular phones. Overall, I’m looking forward to when these finally hit the market.

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