25
Jan
2013-01-25_16h13_43

Innovation is great. You know what it does? It solves problems. Not problems like 'What is beauty?' because that would fall within the purview of your conundrums of philosophy. Innovation solves practical problems. For instance, "How am I going to stop this big mean 5" 1080p display from tearing my battery and hand a structurally superfluous new behind?" The answer, according to HTC? Use a mini phone.

Let's give HTC at least one paragraph of fairness: the secondary mini-phone doesn't sound like the worst idea once you hear what it can do. It can take Bluetooth calls, pair via NFC, display notifications, act as a remote when your phone is plugged into your TV, and even help find your phone if, for some reason, you lose the big one but still have the little one in your pocket. For as silly as the concept sounds, they at least packed it with features. The remote control alone makes it seem kinda worthwhile.

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Okay, fairness over. I think this is a great idea. Think about it. We've been looking for ways to stop using our giant phones for so long. People create smartwatches so you can check your notifications without touching your phone, and one of our favorite things from CES was literally a feature that allows you to use your handset's main, full color, high-resolution display less. Adding a second e-ink screen instead of shooting for better battery life is the future of handset technology.

However, who likes watches? No one, that's who. Watches suck. Putting a second screen on your phone is good, but putting that display on a separate device altogether is even better because it can have it's own dedicated battery. A battery you have to keep charged. And, really, what is the single most popular form factor for high-tech gadgetry right now? It's a phone. So if we're looking at accessories that let you use your phone less, the sensible choice is a phone, right?

My one criticism is that this secondary phone could do with something a bit more powerful than just a Bluetooth radio. Maybe put WiFi or a 3G/4G chip in it. And while you're at it, make the display a little bigger. Who can read those tiny little screens? Also, why have buttons at all? Physical buttons are wasted space. Just make the entire thing one big LCD panel. You can change the button configurations with software. Hey, that gives me an idea. Why not allow developers to write small applications or "apps" for this phone? That would make it even more powerful.

Honestly, I foresee a day when these secondary phones will be so powerful you won't even need to carry around your phone. It's convergence at its finest. If you need me, I'll be setting up my Kickstarter for this idea.

Source: YouTube via The Verge

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Bandage

    Totally on board with this! Would make using my Galaxy 7.7 as a phone that much easier! I typically use a BT earpiece, but would be great to have this option.

  • nandy

    the whole idea is to make secondary phone compact so that your actual phone lasts longer, it does not make sense to beef up processor and include apps, it has to be simple so that it will survive a long time before its charged

    • georgemurango

      He... he was being sarcastic.

    • mike

      Dude..

    • John

      And now you have another battery to keep charged.

    • Freak4Dell

      Woosh...

  • Derek B

    I really can't see this being that popular, carrying around 2 devices to accomplish the same thing just seems pointless.

    • Bandage

      this would be perfect for those of us that have cell-enabled tablets though. I use my 7.7 Galaxy on a pre-paid network...talk about convenience!

  • http://twitter.com/SvenDaWhoop Sky Sailor

    Would make Sense (right, HTC?) with a Tablet. But with a Phone?

  • adi19956

    I'm not sure if the translated captions are that much help to be honest

  • http://twitter.com/Johosophat Jesse Campo

    I sense...sarcasm in the last few paragraphs

  • Chris

    Are you kidding me? This has to be the dumbest thing I've ever seen. I'm average 5'9" guy and I can "handle" my note 2 just fine. And guess what? The battery lasts 16 hours with heavy use!!

  • http://twitter.com/andrewr91 Andrew

    'If innovation is sure to result in victory, then you must innovate!' Sun Tzu said that, and I'd say he knows a little more about innovation than you do, pal, because he invented it! And then he perfected it so that no living man could best him in the open market.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      'What makes me a good innovator? Well, if I was a bad innovator, I wouldn't be sitting here discussing it with you, now would I?!'

      • GraveUypo

        no... that would be your MOTHER!

  • letsplaaay

    I wish that once the secondary phones become so powerful, we could have an auxiliary small device or small phone that communicates with the secondary phone so that we don't have to directly use the feature-packed, probably battery-draining secondary phone.

  • http://twitter.com/Stennan84 Stennan

    Build your tiny phone, THEN RUN!

  • ProductFRED

    It would make more sense if this worked with a tablet than a phone. I'm not talking about something like the ASUS Padfone. I mean this same concept, except with, say, a Nexus 7 instead of a Nexus 4.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Moskowitz/548353890 Mike Moskowitz

    Reminds me of the Onion: New Remote Control Can Be Operated By Remote
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-remote-control-can-be-operated-by-remote,1666/

    • http://www.facebook.com/MikeJwF Mike Fougere

      That was actually already done on an old episode of Cheers.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        The Simpsons did it first ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ajac09 Anthony Evans Jr

    I like the idea. If your just talking on the phone works well. Dont need to put 3g/4g inside it. Its NOT a phone its a bluetooth adapter that looks like a phone.Id use it for phone calls when I reall y dont want my phone up to my ear . Could use it while texting or surfering the web or other stuff while on a phone call

    • Blake Forehand

      I assume you didn't get that the majority of the article is complete sarcasm?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    I think the mini phone needs an e-ink display on the back, because that monochromatic LCD is clearly wasting a lot of power and takes too much effort to turn on.

  • cy_n_ic

    If you need me i will be on ebay peddling multi-phone utility belts to the chinese.

  • Kenny O

    Eric, let me know when you set this up on kickstarter, I want to get in on the action as well - I am going to create a case for your phone that also has a spot for your secondary phone. I know they are definitely going to take off.

  • Xiazer

    Ant one remember the ASUS MeMo? Anyone? Hello?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Still no "Yo Dawg"s? I'm impressed with our commenters today.

    • Christopher Ching

      My good sir, it has come to my attention that you are most smitten with your mobile telephone, so I have most ingeniously devised a method of connecting an additional mobile telephone to your existing mobile telephone, so that you may have the convenience of initiating vocal contact with another via the wireless while simultaneously initiating vocal contact with another via the wireless, verily.

  • Carlos David

    They really spent money to finance that idea? WTH!!! Almost put youtube videos is free.

  • Marcelo Guedes

    Yo Dawg!
    I will put a phone on your phone so you can make a call when you call!

  • Snoop

    Yo Dogg, what about the vibrate mode...

  • abqnm

    Lies!!! I like watches. Watches are great...for some people.

  • PINJ

    -_____- The Phone Is Actually Pretty Tall

  • DarthBlingBling

    If smartwatches take off then I don't see the point of a secondary phone to act as a kind of 'PA'

    http://www.freedom-mobiles.com/blog/htc-butterfly-so-big-it-needs-a-smaller-phone-as-an-assistant/

  • http://twitter.com/punitvthakkar Punit Thakkar

    The amount of sarcasm in this article has me gasping for air.
    Dear @ocentertainment:disqus, this is something that can come out of ocentertainment's mind only. You sir, are GOD.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MikeJwF Mike Fougere

    Can I flash CM 10 onto the small phone?

  • JG

    OK, so you want to start giving out 2 phones so the primary phone's battery lasts longer.... um... maybe a novel idea here, but.... Rather than having me carry around two different 2mm thick devices, why not just make the primary phone 4mm thick.... Then you could double (or at least enlarge it) the battery size of the primary (/only) phone. If you could go from 2200mAh batteries to 4400mAh the phone will last twice as long, and I no longer get paper cuts when I try to pull my "Worlds current thinnest phone" out of my pocket to make a call...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I heartily endorse this idea. It baffles me how people can be okay with super-giant displays but, oh man. If it's not the super thinnest thing around, it's garbage. Battery life? What's that? I care not for your qualms. I have skinny jeans to fit into!

      • GraveUypo

        i agree. i'm actually ok if it's anything thinner than 1,5cm. yep, twice as thick as stuff are now

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Ok, so it's obvious that this is just a bluetooth headset that's been remodeled into the shape of a phone (thus losing the hands-free convenience). The design sucks. As David points out, the colorless LCD doesn't make any sense at all. As Eric noted, the buttons don't make sense either.

    Instead, if they really want to do this, they should have made it a fraction larger and turned it into a proper Bluetooth keyboard for texting, which would make all of those hardware keyboard fans so happy. It might even be cool to add a control to the other side to make it work like a D-Pad for games (like some of those single-hand game controllers). The concept isn't terrible, but it's a pretty crappy design so far.

  • mike

    Damn man its a mini phone...you're basically asking for a whole other phone with those demands

  • Dan

    Pairing this with something that only has a 5" display seems fairly pointless for me. However, I'd buy one tomorrow if it were paired with a 7" or 8" tablet that's as responsive as a Nexus7, has a GSM radio, and has an SD slot.

  • Dan Caseley

    The mini phone might become too irksome. I might need a hands-free variety. Better still, how about a watch to control the mini phone?

  • Aerinx

    Brilliant review!