An Overview of Modular Phones
Mobile devices have given us a world of portability and dynamic communication. It's like being flung into a new era; modern communication has dramatically changed.
We engage in social media platforms and turn to the likes of Twitter and Facebook to stay updated on the events in our world. The modern smartphone has made it easier than ever before to catch up with just about anyone around the world, anywhere and at any given time.
Technology has not only inspired a new age of communication but also a new era of hand-held mobile devices that are smart and versatile. Nothing echoes this concept more than the modular phone.
Modular phones at their very core are interchangeable smartphones that gives the user the power to build and recreate a device moulded around your needs for the day or a specific period. Obviously the modular phone is still a concept at this moment in time but projects like Ara from Google could see the modular phone put into production very soon.
The Building Blocks Of Modular Phones
So, what are modular phones? At its core, a modular phone is a smart phone that makes use of modules or building blocks, much like LEGO to build and customize a device tailor made to the users direct needs.
What this means is that you would literally be able to build your own smartphone with the core components you want in a phone, and this could make playing the online slots Canada has to offer even better than ever if you tailor make your custom device. Attach a camera and a speaker, or remove the camera and beef up your phones sound with a bigger speaker. The end result is entirely up to you.
The Tech Advantage Of Modular Phones
As technology improves and advances, so do smart phones. There's a constant need to upgrade your device to enjoy the full benefits on offer.
Much like updating your mobile operating software, you need to upgrade your device every few years as old technology gets left behind rapidly.
Modular phones would bridge this gap for users, allowing you to upgrade the components on your smart phone; rather than upgrading the entire device, which can prove costly.
Versatility And Diversity
Modular phones could offer users an exciting mobile experience because of their versatility and diversity. Even though at their core structure all modular phones are the same, the way you can customize the device is entirely up to the user.
It's an expression of your personal style and needs. This in itself already leaves the mobile market on its head because at this stage all smart phones are basically doing the exact same thing. The core functions are the same, the only things that really differ are the phones specs and operating system.
Modular phones would create a base and it would be entirely up to the user to build up a phone suited to personal needs, much like building your own desktop computer; only this one fits in the palm of your hand for on the go computing and communication.
The Truth Behind Project Ara
Originally Project Ara was supposed to have given users a future proof phone that could be built and interchanged. Project Ara's smart modular phone looks like it's going to disappoint a lot of people because the device will already have all the components built in and offer users a handful of add on components that can only be bought from the develop, which is Google.
What Project Ara does promise though is better versatility with add on modules including a camera, a speaker, an E-Ink display, which is like a kindle screen and an expanded memory module.
Even though these don't seem all to exhilarating; it's a start and more components could be hitting the market in the very near future. It also makes your smartphone more versatile than standard iPhones and Samsung devices.
The LG G5 did a number on the Samsung Galaxy S7's camera this year with its modular upgrades and in order to fight back, Samsung had declared that it would be releasing a modular lens cover for the S7 series of smartphones very soon. As promised, Samsung has now released the lens cover which will allow owners of the S7 or S7 Edge to enhance the imaging capabilities of their phones.
The lens cover comes with a tele-lens, as well as a wide-angle lens so that the user can switch them according to the need of the moment. The package including the phone cover and the two lenses are currently priced at around $120.99. Considering that a retailer in Holland had listed these covers at roughly $170 about eight weeks ago, the official price tag seems much more reasonable now.
You are probably familiar with how the lenses work already, but just in case you are not, here is some know-how. A wide-angle lens is usually used for capturing landscape shots or group photos. The telephoto lens on the other hand is ideal for shooting objects at a distance, for example, the moon. Given how much people depend on the cameras of their smartphones these days; this is an excellent move by Samsung.
Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)
The modular design for smartphones is nothing new really and a lot of the companies have already tried or are currently trying their hands at the concept. However, they have not tuned out to be the revolution as many had hoped they would be. The Moto Mods, LG G5 and the most talked about Essential Phone by Andy Ruben himself sported/sports modular concepts. However, Samsung has so far stayed away from modular designs when it comes to smartphones. According to a new report by SamMobile, all that is about to change because the Galaxy S9 is rumored to be Samsung's first modular phone.
Similar to what Lenovo has done with the Moto mods and the Moto Z smartphones, the Galaxy S9 could be sporting magnetic pins at its back for accessory attachments. Of course, this is just a rumor at this point, but would you like to see Samsung adopt something like this? Or do you prefer the tried and tested old design? Let us know in the comments.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Modular is a company created by audiophiles and music lovers who decided to come together in their inaugural entrepreneurial venture and launch a new and revolutionary range of headphones that are not only surprisingly affordable, but also boast of high audio quality. The Mod-1 Bluetooth headset is the flagship product of the company and it's meant for long daily use both indoors and outdoors. So the question is, does it live up to the expectations set so far by Modular or does it fail to impress? Let's find out in our review of the Modular Mod-1 wireless Bluetooth headset.
In the Box
Modular sends in a neatly packed box that contains an auxiliary cable, a USB cable for charging the headphone, a quick start manual and of course, the headphones themselves. Depending on the color that you chose, the headphones will either come in rose gold, gunmetal or black. It doesn't contain a whole lot but the included auxiliary cable is a nice little touch that users will appreciate.
When it comes to features, Modular has packed the Mod-1 to the gills with them. To know what we are talking about here, take a look at the following list of the headphone's feature set.
• Compatibility with all devices running on iOS or Android
• Compatible with ANY Bluetooth enabled device out there
• Adjustable headband with modular earpads that can be easily changed or replaced
• 3.5mm audio jack is retained for wired connections to your computer or smartphone
• Usability even while being charged
• On-headphone buttons for controlling the volume, playing, pausing, skipping and making calls
• In-built FM radio transmitter
• Included mic for taking and making calls
• Noise reduction
• Can read and play music from microSD cards
• 400mAh battery makes sure that it runs all day on a single charge
While the features of the Mod-1 do sound quite impressive, let's now take a look under the hood to see what kind of hardware it's packing and if it's really as impressive as the features say it is.
• Input: 5V DC 500mA and Output: 3W×2 RMS
• Speaker: 4Ω, 3W, ⌀40mm
• Frequency Response: 27Hz-20kHz
• Signal to Noise Ratio: ≤70dB
• Total Harmonic Distortion: ≤0.3%
• Battery: 400mAh
• Charging Time: ≤2 Hours for full charge
• Maximum Power Consumption: 500mA
As it turns out, the Mod-1 does pack the hardware to deliver the quality features that it promises, so that's a big bonus!
After using it for some time, we have come to the conclusion that the Mod-1 wireless Bluetooth headset by Modular is an excellent pair of headphones in almost every possible way. Aside from packing in more features that nearly every other headset in the price range, it also produces surprisingly crisp sound for the price you pay for these. Add all that to the fact that you can basically wear these around for hours due to the lightweight and the dependable battery life, and it becomes very hard not to recommend the Modular Mod-1 to anybody who is looking to buy a pair of quality Bluetooth headsets without breaking the bank.
The LG G5 is made out of metal and it has some of the most perfect lines we have seen yet. The only seam on the entire body of the G5 is the one which separates from the bottom. This part is what all the hype is about as the modular component will not only allow for removal of the battery and placement of SIM cards and micro-SD cards, but a whole lot more. It can at this moment support a camera module or a speaker component only, but in time, there will be several others that will enhance the capabilities of the G5 far beyond its initial endowments.
The first of the modules is the LG Cam Plus, which is a camera grip that will add an extra 1,100 mAh battery, a shutter button, a video button, and a dial to zoom in and out. This will make the excellent dual cameras on the back of the G5 even more functional and useful. The speaker unit is a Bang & Olufsen DAC which will allow the LG G5 to provide louder and better sound quality while playing games or consuming media.
The G5 has a camera setup like no other, thanks to its dual camera sensors that's more than just a gimmick. The primary 16 megapixel camera has a 75° field of view while the 8 megapixel secondary camera offers a wider FOV at 135°. The results from both the cameras are merged to create the best possible picture and the user can actually see a real time preview of how things will look after the click while attempting the shoot. We are thoroughly impressed and the crown for the best smartphone camera of the year might already be heading towards the G5's metallic head!
Other specifications of the LG G5 include a 5.3" LCD display with 1440 x 2560 resolution powered by SD 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a 2,800 mAh battery. There is support for expandable memory via SD card, along with 32GB of in-built storage. All the regular sensors are there in addition to an ultrafast fingerprint scanner at the back. The G5 with its impressive modular design has already got us excited, but in order to get your hands on it, you will need to wait till April approximately.