Talk:1372: Smartwatches

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I like how much detail Randall put into the damage of the smartphone and smartwatches.0100011101100001011011010110010101011010011011110110111001100101 (talk page) 09:44, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

About the transcript, it seems that I added one at the same time someone else did. I like mine better, but I won't be offended if someone else changes it back to the first revision. Also, feel free to re-format.Jarod997 (talk) 13:19, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

I am reminded of this:
...even so, I still would like a Samsung SWatch Note III complete with a watch app (downloaded by the Play Store or F-Droid, of course)! Greyson (talk) 14:55, 23 May 2014 (UTC)
It's a space-statoin!Jarod997 (talk) 12:35, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

Maybe it's just me, but the explanation regarding the */# keys on Bell phone seems irrelevent. There's nothing inherent about those keys that make a comparison to cellular phones logical, at least not that I'm aware of.-- 16:35, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

It's especially irrelevant because Randall says he modded a handset, not an entire phone. There exist novelty bluetooth handsets of a similar style on the market; Randall's artistic touch is to have a cord dangling from it with a frayed end.-- 02:48, 25 May 2014 (UTC)
To make it clearer: the standard handset on a WE2500 (12 key touch-tone), the WE1500 (10 key touch-tone; they didn't make a lot of these, but they're out there) and the WE500 (dial with the numbers outside around the dial) was a G1 handset. This handset replaced the F1, standard on the WE302 (dial with the numbers inside the finger-holes; commonly called the "Lucy" phone since the only place it's seen these days is on "I Love Lucy" re-runs). The G1 handset is still (imho) the most comfortable handset ever made to cradle between your shoulder and your ear to free up your hands. And the WE500 is (again imho) one of the greatest examples of industrial design ever created. -- Faboofour (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I question the assumption that the smartwatches are working. The watch keeps displaying the time of 10:13. Even if it had just turned 10:13 I don't think the entire mod could be done in sub 60 seconds. That said, I love the reuse of the sawn screen protector to protect the screen on the smartwatches.

The watches also defy gravity. I question the assumption that they aren't just a dream. 08:23, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps each frame represents exactly 12 hours of work? 20:04, 26 May 2014 (UTC)
+1, but don't forget the careful attention shown to maintaining the battery at the same level for those 12 hour periods -- Brettpeirce (talk) 13:40, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

The phone mentioned was one of the earliest (One of) to present the # and * keys and the format has been unchanged since the implementation of cellular phones. It could be argued that the user has the same presented interface for dialing as on cellular phones so modding a 2500 should be completely reasonable. 20:07, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

Just a side note: While this could well be the world's first flip iPhone, it would not be the first flip smartphone.-- 02:54, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Perhaps the whole comics is just a long lead to "flip iPhone" pun (on "flip phone") --JakubNarebski (talk) 10:34, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

No mention of the cringe factor? The entire operation, from the second frame to the title text suggests crude handling of equipment, resulting in damaged and unrefined products. Rendall spared no time in detailing the broken and damaged aspect of each component used in this "procedure". I strongly believe he did so on purpose.Dulcis (talk) 16:46, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

The warning mentions that sawing through your phone could be harmful due to battery acid, but what about screwing on hinges? That could be just as dangerous. 19:02, 11 June 2014 (UTC)justsayin

The warnings at the end are entirely irrelevant! first of all, nowhere does it say (or show) that randall is in fact cutting through the glass or the battery of the iphone, and were i do this project, i would certainly use a hacksaw to cut through the case of the iphone after removing the screen and battery and any other components. using a household hinge in place of a more elegant design hilights the hilarity and DIY nature of the project. as far as the comment above regarding the apparent 'broken clock', the illustration is merely a proposal on a possible methodology. when i draw a diagram or even a set of instructions for someone, i don't take the time to change minute details from frame to frame! 18:39, 29 November 2014 (UTC)