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  1. GAMING
  2. APPS
  3. PLATFORMS
  4. SECURITY
  5. CLOUD LIFE
  6. CARRIERS
  7. CREATIVITY
  8. CONNECTED
  9. MOBILE YOU

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GAMING

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Gaming on a touch screen phone is severely limited due to the lack of physical buttons to stimulate/train muscle memory with absolute accuracy. The games that are played, as a consequence, must be simple in gestures or have a limited UI...The huge nail in the coffin for consoles will be when controller input can be ingrained or paired with smartphones. Houshinto's thoughts on Can Mobile Gaming kill the Consoles
At dinner we all put our phones in the middle of the table when going out and whoever checks their phone first has to pay. This can be a pretty easy way especially if you go to more expensive places. No one wants to get stuck with a $100 tab. mixercub's thoughts on What's the dark side to mobile gaming?
I think the first really successful MMO we see will be pretty simple and very cooperative. I think it will be something like farmville where it's something that needs a bit of attention to mine minerals or repair defenses or what ever the game is doing, and you will have to battle the game. I don't know if competition will be the driving force because it would be pretty annoying to battle an opponent who isn't mstrblueskys's thoughts on How can mobile get its multiplayer game on?
The market is in a awkward growing phase,- puberty if you will- where no one knows what will happen as phones get more powerful day by day. as soon as studios releases a game as well optimized as a console game and phones are large enough to hold a 10gb game, and not sweat then mobile gaming will be a force to reckon with. Tricky_T's thoughts on Why isn't mobile gaming better?
As a mobile Unreal developer, I feel very strongly that we've hit an crisis point in mobile gaming. The industry is going to have to move from it's addiction to microtransactions and shallow 2D experiences or we're going to see a repeat of the Atari crash. Like the Wii, people aren't going to fall for these gimicky experiences forever.The days of 2D games are numbered. Did you know that the iPad 4 is drastically more powerful than the Wii, by many criteria? The truth is, these devices are very capable full 3D machines. If Apple gets serious about giving developers full 3D APIs, I think there's a tremendous amount of innovation the industry could get started on. spacekatgal's thoughts on What's the future of mobile gaming?

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APPLICATIONS

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I don't think it is hard to find great apps. i think a great app is subjective to what you need and want. if there is an ecosystem that has many of the same kind of app then you may need to try them all to see which one you like best. just because it is in the top 25 or 50 downloads folder doesn't mean its great for you. eve6er69's thoughts on why is it so hard to find apps?
It would be nice if we could depend on all of the apps we get, but the fact is we can't. For me it comes down to the core ones that help me do my job that I have to 'depend' on. Email, banking, and the calendar I need to depend on... Illustrator Joe's thoughts on Can we depend on our apps?
A Star Trek like world where money doesn't exist and everyone exist for the betterment of mankind. It takes a ton of resources to develop for 4 different platforms. If you want good apps, you have to play to the nuisances of each platform. rushed cookie cutter apps benefit no one. BenRoethig's thoughts on cross-platform apps
I think for this one, it would be safe to say, that in order for platforms to support the developers...first and foremost, the proper tools have to be made available (be it webkit, or an SDK). Along with that has to come the necessary help from the company..ranging from answering all of the questions that a developer might have, to help in getting the app approved, to receiving payout for the app. Basically, help has to come from all across the board. Eli_B's thoughts on the agony and ecstasy of app stores
Research. I read and look for what suites me. I think the devs need to focus more on reaching their target audience. Five star reviews are nice and all but I really only want apps that will be useful to me. And they should be cross-platform even web based. Has to be functional and have a nice minimal look. Google Currents is a good example. I can sift through the news of the day and do it quickly. In my opinion whoever releases the first super easy editable spreadsheet app gets my money. booboolala2000's thoughts on why some apps succeed where others fail

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SOCIAL

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IPeople need to remember that when you put something out on the internet, you can't pull it back. Once it's out there it's out there, and there's A LOT of over sharing going on! just_luc's thoughts on why anybody should care about your social status
I feel like anything choice is a good thing. I like having separate services rather than having everything lumped into one... Premium1's thoughts on why we have let notifications rule our lives
The Internet is a public domain. If you don't want anyone to see it, don't put stuff in it. MeapleG's thoughts on what we want our moms to see
Wait, what were we talking about? I just had a tweet notification. Look, I work freelance and many of my closest friends don't live where I current am. Having this thing on my person 24/7 can be a necessity. BenRoethig's thoughts on being constantly connected
f they'd build a high-end phone (with an OS I like) with a physical keyboard, I'd buy it. Since when did pushing buttons become a bad thing? QMaverick's thoughts on the great keyboard debate

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PLATFORMS

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The specs matter, but don't. They matter because I like to know what I am paying for, a list of the internals and specifications of the phone/tablet makes me more comfortable in making an informed decision and spending hundreds of dollars on a piece of technology. But then on the other hand, they don't matter because it is about the user experience. So to me the ones that matter most are the ones that dictate the physical attributes of the device more than what is on... Illustrator Joe's thoughts on how much specs matter
The best thing is that everyone has choice. Everyone argues over whose platform is better but it depends on which one suits you best. Its great to be a witness to this technological race. pmich's thoughts on piles of features
I think Google still has the upper hand here, but they win not by quality, but more of quantity. They have the more comprehensive cloud solution compared to others. Alex_Hong's thoughts on who builds the best cloud services
I would like to use the same streaming and download services I enjoy here in the US when I am in another part of the world. It was frustrating that I couldn't use Netflix, and had restrictions on what I can download when I was in Malaysia. If nothing else, at least allow for a base amount of services worldwide. Jacques's thoughts on regional restrictions
The phone of the future goes hand in hand, leverages and amplifies two categories of things: cloud services and "things" in physical proximity. I want the cloud to know more about me, but in a comfortable, non-creepy way. I want more of the digital assistant thing, for example a cloud email that interprets my communications and adds them to my calendar and notifications. We need everybody, and particularly our governments, to think in terms of open data and web services that can be leveraged by... duncanwilcox's thoughts on the phone of the future

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SECURITY

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Yes, of course I worry about it. And I do my part to secure myself as much as possbile. But when it comes to reality, there is no way you can ever escape the Big Brother effect. No matter how much you've locked yourself down, the people around you will never be as diligent. AccentAE86's thoughts on location data security
I use my mobile device for work constantly, and I love the level of access it gives me to everything I need, but I don't see it as a stand alone solution. My smartphone keeps me constantly connected to my clouds, which are synced from my desktop back at the office. just_luc's thoughts on mobile devices and work
If your concerned about it, then get offline. Either way, just live life and keep clean...whats difficult here? Colby Lee's thoughts on online privacy
II'm fortunate in that for all intents and purposes, I'm my own boss. So I get to work when I want to work, and play when I want to play. That being said... My boss can sometimes be a real demanding ass. DenverRalphy's thoughts on balancing work and personal
No - I don't keep anything too personal on my cell phone. If you want to go through my google drive and facebook, by all means, dig away, I guess. mstrblueskys's thoughts on multi-factor authentication

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CLOUD LIFE

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I would say that I trust cloud syncing more than I trust my local data backups. I use and trust Google with most of my important files and pictures. If I want to make sure it's around - I send it to the cloud. mstrblueskys's thoughts on how reliable is the cloud
The thing is many of these cloud services are cross-platform and designed to be that way. That's the whole point of cloud services on phones, it shouldn't matter what phone you are on, the cloud is always there figuratively in the sky. Even if such services are platform specific like iCloud, which only works on iDevices, no one I know has ever specifically said they buy Apple's products to harness these services. So I think these Cloud services are in many ways supposed to... Speedygi's thoughts on which specs matter
The fallacy of this question is differentiating cable _content_ from being _online_. For most of us, it's one in the same thing - and what's more, many of us deal with metered service through our cable Internet provider. Lose the TV service, pay more for the Internet service, and still have to deal with a cap. I don't see myself cutting the cable cord any time in the near future. Peter Cohen's thoughts on cancel cable or satellite and watch everything online
Worried? Not so much. Aware? Constantly. While there are pros to cyber surveillance, they need to be balanced with competent oversight measures to mitigate the cons. Denver Ralphy's thoughts on cyber surveillance
They need to reach more people first. If computing moves to the cloud, you can only collaborate with people who are also on the cloud. So they need to get this out to as many people as possible first. And then create standards so everyone can communicate through their respective clouds regardless of platform or manufacturer. AccentAE86's thoughts on future cloud features.

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CARRIERS

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Not really. Though I like the idea of a highly competitive marketplace that offers better and better value for phone dollar, the fact of the matter is that phone service is a highly regulated sector and a quality infrastructure costs money. I trust those phone companies that have economies of scale. That's because coverage is the most important reason for my choice of phone company. Over time this is likely to change as I rely less on phone calls and more on wi-fi for interactions on my phone. BBM video and messaging for example and information down loads are becoming more and more important to me but I'm not completely there yet. So I'll stick with the large companies for now. alan510's thoughts on Is the value proposition of smaller carriers enough for you to switch?
If it would save money, sure. Ideally though, I'd prefer a subsidized plan, where the monthly cost goes down after the phone is paid off. DenverRalphy's thoughts on if you could pay up front for a smartphone and less monthly, would you?
If you buy a lot of devices per year, yes this is a big deal. Verizon and Sprint users only can use the devices provided by their carrier. AT&T and T-Mobile users have a lot more options. I can buy the Oppo Find 5 and use that in the US no problem because I use a GSM carrier. Further, when the HTC One was released in red, it was only available in Europe. I could have bought one if I wanted and used it in the... Scott Kenyon's thoughts on multi-carrier compatibility factor into your buying decisions
I've done this before. I dropped Sprint back in the day for a Droid Eris (I had a HTC Touch Diamond BLARG). It was my first Android phone and it was the best. I regretted nothing. ZeroLeonheart 's thoughts on switching carriers for an exclusive device
For the price I pay, yes. If I payed more, no. 130hp's thoughts on carrier satisfaction

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CREATIVITY

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The smartphone may have helped kill the low end point and shoot, but there is always room for the enthusiast or prosumer model. You simply can't offer long optical zoom ranges, full manual controls and the benefits of larger sensors in a smartphone (yet). The smartphone camera is just not flexible enough to do what even weekend hobby photographers want or need in a camera. But for the person who buy the $120 point and shoot and leaves it in Auto and never post processes their pictures, the smartphone is probably good enough. BlackBerry Guy's thoughts on point-and-shoot cameras
Very rarely, I still use my phone for talking, if I use a VoIP service it's usually for a video chat with an out of state friend. And on my PC over wifi. Mobile is getting there, but the lack of unlimited data is a hindrance to the evolution. metllicamilitia's thoughts on VoIP Calling
Smartphones haven't so much CHANGED how I record videos, but have simply ALLOWED me to when before I didn't. Which is pretty awesome hoob15 's thoughts on how have smartphones changed how you record videos?
No not yet. I am not yet convinced security and secure measures have caught up with the emerging technology (gies) yet. Secure transactions have a very long way to go; lots can happen along the digital highway. I think it's an exciting prospect, and no doubt, it will become the norm soon. I just hope secure measures are in place before that happens. BBNewB5's thoughts on Do you use your smartphone to pay for transactions?
High quality images that will rival the best DSLR, be it in the form of higher MPs, better/bigger sensors with bigger pixels, better zoom, whatever. I do want my phone to be able to in many cases replace my DSLR since I take the majority of my images on the go and I don't want to have to bring every image into LightRoom or Photoshop to tweak the contrasts and focus as I sometimes have to. ame's thoughts on camera features

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CONNECTED

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My device is my infinite music device. Cloud streaming and YouTube paired with a stereo with aux input means I can get all my jams easily in any room. When my old tablet had HDMI I used it for Netflix but its since been replaced with an HTPC since it never worked too well. Armada's thoughts on home entertainmen scheme
I don't, that's something technology can't help me with. I lose my determination and drive to lose weight rather quickly so I need someone else doing it with me to be sure I do it. After I do it for a while though I really enjoy it. metllicamilitia's thoughts on mobile technology to improve fitness
My toaster, so it can run webOS. Armada's thoughts on where displays are needed in the house
I'm a bit of a hypocrite. As someone who rides a motorcycle and has evaded a lot of near misses on the roads and highways, I despise people who use their phone while driving. So therefore when I'm driving a car, my phone is completely off limits. The hypocrisy though, is that I wear and use a BlueTooth helmet and will occasionally accept calls when I'm on the bike. Go figger. DenverRalphy's thoughts on managing smartphones in the car
What would a smartwatch ideally do for me? I could yell into it, and a black Trans Am would show up flying through the air with Turbo Boost while shooting lasers everywhere. Until a smartwatch can do that for me, I'm not interested. AccentAE86's thoughts on the ideal smartwatch

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MOBILE YOU

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Five or six years ago, phone calls took a back seat to texting, messaging, and email. Recently I've discovered that all that has taken a back seat to social media. Today, my most general correspondence takes place primarily in social media, messaging and email are for the most part relegated to work contacts, and phone calls are almost solely limited to older family members who are reluctant to embrace mobile technology. DenverRalphy's How do you use your smartphone to communicate?
A beautiful , intuitive, flexible Os, great screen no bigger than 5", most of which covers the face of the device, durability, robust battery so I can USE it ALL day with no plug in, great camera and video, full voice control so I can do what I need when driving. We are getting close... mundo472's thoughts on What features would your ideal smartphone have?
As it turns out, no. Our needs seem to constantly evolve and change in this household, and with each change, I would start the research all over again. What the research told me is that it wasn't fiscally worth it to combine two plans with two separate packages into one shared one. BBNewB5 's thoughts on shared data plans
With so many services out there right now, I try to do it in the one that allows me to connect the same service to my other social networks with as less hassle as possible. SpookDroid's thoughts on share photos online