Originally Posted by Gazoobee
Well it depends on your usage case doesn't it?
There are lots of folks like me out there that get far more email and texts than they do old fashioned telephone calls. Your also assuming that the only way to answer a phone is to hold it up to the side of your head, when in fact that's only one way to do it. There is also the possibility of time shifting the call, or in other words, not answering right away and then phoning back when it's convenient. Just as people don't always answer texts or emails instantaneously, it's rarely necessary to automatically answer a phone call. In fact, it's that very perception that leads a lot of people (like me), to hate getting phone calls in the first place.
In my case, I get about one phone call a month so being able to ditch the iPhone and just use the mini would be infinitely preferable.
I think that you (or people in general) need to expand their minds a bit and stop thinking about the phone in the same way that people used to in the 60's, 70's, 80's etc. Why do you need to be "ready to answer" (the phone) all day long in the first place? Why does the conversation *have* to be private? Why does it even have to be a phone call? These are all just assumptions that have yet to be seriously challenged. They may prove correct, but it's more than likely they are just "old thinking."
No offense but that whole thing was ridiculous. 60's, 70's and 80's? Do you remember those god awful times when everyone would answer all of their cell phone calls all the time. I think that was back when Nokia and RIM ruled. Ok I got the sarcasm out.
So people need to expand their minds and stop answering calls? You might as well ditch your iPhone now and get yourself a pager. Speaking of "old thinking". Anyway. Who buys a phone just to get calls and not feel the need to answer it unless it's convenient, or for that matter pay between 80 to 120 dollars a month to use the phone one time per month on average. I understand everyone screens some calls but God forbid it maybe someone making an urgent call but of course you couldn't be bothered. I don't know about you but when I receive a phone call, I really don't know if the person on the other end might have something important to say, so yeah call me old fashioned but I tend to answer most calls when possible. If you don't like privacy than just have conversations on facebook and twitter so everyone can read them. Imagine your doctor telling you, you have gonorrhea on facebook.
If I may say something without offending you. Your not philosophical. You think you are but you aren't. It's a f'n phone! It still has the same basic principles as it did when it was first invented. It's a means of communication between two parties over a line. Maybe in your future phones will be used to get calls for the sole purpose of listening to a ringer but in everyone else's reality it's used for verbal communication. There isn't a new way of thinking, just the same way of thinking.
Oh and about your bluetooth headset comment. I still think most people would rather carry a smaller device a majority of the time rather a 7.9 inch screened tablet to double as a phone. bluetooth headset or not, it's a small small percentage that would prefer your idea. They are called Android fans who think it always has to get bigger.
I would love for apple to release the mini with phone capabilities just so one day on a hot summer day you can think back to this forum and see how impractical it is while having to lug around a huge device as a phone while wearing shorts and a T-shirt with no pockets big enough to carry it in. I guess you can wear a man purse all day or carry around a bag pack for the rest of your life. Yup, so a ipad mini, a bluetooth headset and man purse, that's so much better than a little wallet sized device that does everything you require of it.