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  1. garybeck

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    I do not understand why they call these "phones." It does so many things, and phone is only one of them. I am still amazed at how small this thing is and all the things it does. I would say about 5% of the time I spend using this device, it is being a phone.

    It's time to stop calling these things "phones!"

    Why "phone?" If we're going to call it a phone, we might as well just call it a GPS. Or an mp3 player, or a camera. Or a web browser.

    I refuse to call mine a phone.... It would be better to simply call it a computer than a phone. Micro computer would fit, but that's already taken... how about nanocomputer? For now I'm calling it an "android." I refuse to call it a phone.
     

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    Communicator.



    Kirk out.
     
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    I would agree with that, but it fails the same logic as the OP points out. In Star Trek, you needed 3 different instruments to get the same functionality we get out of our phones, oops, androids. Should it be called a communicator, a tri-corder, or a phazer (ok, maybe our phones don't have phazers yet ;) )

    To bad google didn't go with the name orange instead of android, then we could have compared apples to oranges! :)
     
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    correct.... "communicator" would be good, but when I'm watching a youtube video, or taking a photo, or listening to music, I'm not communicating (although I guess some could argue that if the phone is reporting to big brother everything I"m doing, I guess I am communicating). But the name should be all-encompassing.
     
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    Palmtop computer. That's what it is.

    Desktop, laptop, palmtop. Simple.
     
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    in the future the screen will be a monogogle or some sort of eyeglass creation, and or even a headsup display in your car(all voice operated of course),something that is in the windshield so you don't have to take your eyes off the road
     
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    I just call it an android. I also call it a phone too.
     
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    I just call it a "Device".
     
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    yeah, but that's so boring.... it's like calling Jennifer Anniston a "human."
     
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    +1 Best Answer! ;)
     
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    To tell the truth, I rarely even use mine as a phone.
    For me, it's more like a mini-tablet computer
    plus music and radio player.

    I find the smartphone form factor rather clumsy and
    uncomfortable for making calls, unless it's a short call.
    So my actual phone is a cheap VM flip phone that works fine
    for me!
     
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    I call it an Optimus V
     
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    I call it my Android. ;)
     
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    I still call it a phone...old habits die hard I guess.
     
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    Andy (not just a nickname, but also the host name in the WLAN at home)

    The only problem: my heretofore-why-would-I-need-a-smart-phone wife loves Andy so much that we'll soon get a second Android phone. What are we going to call that one? :thinking:
     
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    Amos!
     
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    LOL, good answer
     
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    I will as soon as people stop saying, "www" telling me about a website. :D

    But seriously, I still call mine a phone.
     
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