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What Looks More Ridiculous: An 80s Cell Phone or Galaxy Note 8.0 To Your Ear?

Posted on February 25, 2013 1:20 PM by Rob Williams
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While some vendors are never satisfied with the small size of their smartphone offerings, others, like Samsung, have taken the “Phablet” idea to heart. After all, if consumers want a tablet and a phone, it makes sense to give them the best of both worlds. But isn’t 8-inches a bit extreme? Even the world’s biggest people have generally regular-sized heads – so who is going to look anything close to normal with this next to their face?

Since we haven’t talked about it yet, let’s cover specs. Samsung is targeting the mid-range with the Galaxy Note 8.0, packing in a quad-core Exynos SoC running at 1.6GHz, S Pen support, a 1280×800 resolution, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera at the back, a 1.2 megapixel at the front and a weight of just 338g. Oh – and of course, it offers 3G on select models.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Credit: CNET

Zach Morris 80s Phone

In discussing this with a friend, we couldn’t reach a definitive answer to a simple question. Between someone walking down the street chatting on an 80s cell phone or someone with a Galaxy Note 8.0 affixed to their face, which one would you quicker kick in the shins?

Of course, phone support doesn’t have to be taken advantage of when actually holding the device to your face – things like conference calls could definitely stand to benefit as well. However, none of that ties well into my twisted joke above, so let’s just forget about it.

For those wanting the Galaxy Note 8.0, you’ll be able to get your hands on it at some point during Q2. Unfortunately, pricing is being kept mum for the time-being.


  • http://techgage.com/ Marfig

    I know it was a rhetoric question. But still… 80s cellphones were definitely not as large as this. I know, I used one; An Alcatel monster of a phone. I seem to think bigger than the one shown on the picture. It would however make me look way less silly then this. That said, I trust the only interest someone can possibly have on this as a cellphone is if they are making use of some hands-free device.

    The idea of marrying my personal computer to a phone as always appealed to me. Tablets are natural consumer devices for that task, but if you think I wouldn’t like for my own desktop personal computer to take calls, you would be surprised. And I always considered a bit odd they were never built with that purpose. Tablets are even more surprising in that regard. But this apparent need to segment the market like the Galaxy Note 8 here is a sign there really is still a lot of maturation to be achieved on this industry. It’s after all pretty recent, I’ll give it that. Cellphones manufacturers don’t want to let go of their market that easily and will prefer to make this ridiculous things instead of just introducing telephony to their tablet devices.

    A Tablet PC with phone functionality and providing access to hands-free devices is going to be in my opinion a killer device. And one that is needed, if we ever want to break free of this multiple gadget explosion that is really starting to make technology more confusing to use and harder to transport than the other way around.

    • http://www.facebook.com/deathspawner Rob Williams

      I don’t disagree. I still think someone would look foolish with this next to their face like a phone though. As I mentioned above, for things like video chats or being able to join a conference call while on the go, it’s perfect. Samsung makes hella-attractive tablets, too, so I’m hoping this particular one turns out to be a winner.

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