Originally Posted by Spritanium
If you don't think this is a good idea, don't talk to me ever.
In the other thread I saw someone say that this will absolutely 100% never work. Seriously? If we put a f***king man on the moon in the 60s, I'm pretty sure we can create a user-upgradeable phone in the 2010s.
Sure, the concept needs some fine-tuning, but it's completely doable. It really makes me angry when I see people say things like "we don't have the technology for this right now, so it'll never exist". We aren't able to even comprehend the technology that will be available 10 or 20 years from now. Quit being so pessimistic, and maybe cool inventions like this would have a chance.
It's not a matter of just "creating a user-upgradeable phone". If all you got out of the video was "user-upgradeable", then you should watch closer. What he's proposing is taking phones, which are already quite expensive with their specifically tailored parts, and allowing you to mix and match parts on the same circuitboard, using the same interface. You can't just plug a bigger processor into the same slot as a camera. So each slot (how many are there?) would need all of the connections (RAM, CPU, GPU, screen, camera, storage, network, accelerometer, battery) for all of the parts, and all be interconnected. Then you need parts to all be made for this platform specifically, and this platform has to be able to keep up with technological advances (how many new CPU sockets have we had in the past 5 years? Not to mention DDR2 to DDR3, DDR4 in the next couple years, PCIe 3.0, etc.). The cost to develop a propriety system like this, which would need it's own specialized CPU, RAM, etc., or at least extremely specialized versions of current hardware, not to mention the software limitations (holy optimization, drivers, power settings, firmware, compatibility) would be very high, which brings us to...
This has to end up cheap enough for consumers. Not only to buy up front, but the upgrades as well. If the phone costs $2,000, why would anyone buy it when they could get 3 top-of-the-line smartphones for that price?
Originally Posted by SerSlenderMan
I can't even stretch how accurate that is is. How can people even argue this piece of technology? It will simplify things on such a great level, and if we use the excuse of "we aren't advanced enough thus it can never happen" we will never EVER achieve anything, that is the exact mind set that holds technology back. This idea is just genius, and I would support it 100% should it grow past being just a concept. Most arguments i've seen against it are just weak, there's no good reason to why this shouldn't happen.
This isn't a piece of technology. Not even close. This is a cool concept idea thrown together by someone who's likely a designer, not an engineer, and has no idea about the technical stuff that would be required for something like this. This isn't even anything new, I'm pretty sure ideas for modular PCs and the like have been around for quite a while, but there's a reason almost every PC part has it's own slots, and there's a reason why many phones are not upgradeable. If it was in any way simple, or even realistically possible, to make something like this while still having a decently usable (let alone competitive) product, do you not think it would have been done already?
It's probably possible to make something like this that works
, but having it be a product that's competitive in any way (speed, price, durability, features, etc.) is another story.