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Large Widescreen SmartPhone

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Consider your average smartphone, which is rectangular in shape. Rectangles always have a longer dimension and a shorter dimension. With respect to the long dimension, at one edge of the phone is a speaker, and at the opposite edge is a microphone. You hold the phone near your head so that the microphone-edge is close to your mouth, while the speaker-edge is close to your ear. There is a limit to how long the long dimension of the phone can be, because your head is only so big.

So let's consider a larger phone, anyway. We want the shorter dimension of this smartphone to be the same as the longer dimension of the typical existing smartphone. On the back side of the phone, right in the middle, stretching across the shorter dimension, we mount a handle, like you might put on a cupboard door to pull the door open. On the face-side of the phone, in the middle of one longer edge, we put a speaker, and in the middle of the other longer edge, we put a microphone.

Now you can use the handle to hold this large phone near your head, and since the distance between the microphone and the speaker is "normal" for smartphones, you can use it just fine. But when you pull the phone away from your head, to use it for other purposes, you have a nice large wide-screen!

Vernon, Jun 25 2014

Tread softly … https://www.wolfson...ClothsofHeaven.html
… until you get up close. Then stamp down hard. [8th of 7, Jun 25 2014]

"When are we going to see pentagonal electronic devices?" Holster_20Computer
[hippo], It is not impossible that this older Idea describes a 5-sided electronic device. [Vernon, Jun 29 2014]

Th Blackberry Passport http://www.itpro.co...nique-phone-of-2014
[hippo, Jul 02 2014]

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       Hi, [Vernon]. welcome to the HalfBakery ? Have you read the meta file ? Do you know what WKTE stands for ? Have you heard of a think called a "Tablet PC" ?   

       <Slowly, as if speaking to not-very-intelligent small child>   

       "DO ... YOU ... SPEAK ... EENNG ..LEESH ?"   

       </Slowly, as if speaking to not-very-intelligent small child>
8th of 7, Jun 25 2014
  

       [8th of 7], I have yet to see any sort of large flat electronic device that has the kind of handle on the back that I described, so it could be held as easily as an ordinary smartphone.
Vernon, Jun 25 2014
  

       You could use a tablet with a bluetooth headset.
DIYMatt, Jun 25 2014
  

       //Rectangles always have a longer dimension and a shorter dimension// - is this true? You could say that a square is just a special case of a rectangle, but is still a rectangle.
hippo, Jun 25 2014
  

       Technically, it's a regular quadrilateral.   

       // I have yet to see any sort of large flat electronic device that as the kind of handle on the back that I described, so it could be eld as easily as an ordinary smartphone //   

       Steam iron … ?   

       [Vern], get a folding camera grip handle, and some double sided adhesive tape. And a life …
8th of 7, Jun 25 2014
  

       [Version], type "ipad case with handle on back" into Google and watch autocomplete kill your dreams.
the porpoise, Jun 25 2014
  

       You could always have a small phone, but stand really close to it.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 25 2014
  

       <Father Ted>   

       "These are small... but the ones out there are far away."   

       </Father Ted>   

       // watch autocomplete kill your dreams //   

       Time for you to put your special big dream- crushing boots on, [porp].   

       <link>
8th of 7, Jun 25 2014
  

       But why would you want to ruin a perfectly good plastering trowel ?
8th of 7, Jun 25 2014
  

       I'm not sure what this obsession is with quadrilaterals - When are we going to see pentagonal electronic devices?
hippo, Jun 26 2014
  

       [+] <phbbt>
FlyingToaster, Jun 26 2014
  

       // one edge of the phone is a speaker, and at the opposite edge is a microphone   

       Some phones have speakers at both "edges".
tatterdemalion, Jun 26 2014
  

       [tatterdemalion], I'm sure that has something to do with stereo, but only one of them is likely to be used when a smartphone is in "phone" mode. This wider device could have 3 speakers, 2 more at opposite ends of the long dimension, and also for stereo. The one in the middle, that I originally described in the main text, would be dedicated only for phone-mode use.
Vernon, Jun 26 2014
  

       A square phone! Just as I predicted! (see link)
hippo, Jul 02 2014
  

       As you say, interesting, but I'm a little doubtful of how it would be in actual usage.
hippo, Jul 02 2014
  

       // The next was one of Motorola's early low- end Android phones, the Flipout. //   

       It's not that low-end; it has a pretty good range of features, and it's very compact. It's also remarkably tough.   

       // I don't recal being particularly impressed by either.//   

       Aside from the disappointing battery life, you clearly didn't look hard enough at the MB511. If you had, you'd realise that its advantages- like a really good keyboard, excellent RF performance, bright clear screen and fast CPU - far outweigh its disadvantages … to the extent that this anno is being written on a Flipout. And we have taken the trouble to aquire a spare, for when this one wears out.
8th of 7, Jul 02 2014
  

       (marked-for-tagline)   

       " and watch autocomplete kill your dreams "
normzone, Jul 02 2014
  

       // Having experienced the difference 0.1 inch can make //   

       <Struggles to avoid making cheap joke at [21Q]'s expense>
8th of 7, Jul 02 2014
  
      
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