The modu is especially nifty. It's roughly the size of an iPod nano (and it has 2gb for music). That said, I can't recommend them except as easy things to carry in case you get into a pinch. I only carry them when I don't intend to need them. Asus is right, there's lots of room for improvement. Shoving the modu into the netbook shouldn't be the priority though. The current modu doesn't even do 3G. The top 3 priorities should be:
- Controls - the base modu phone has 7 keys vs the 12 on a basic push button phone. They didn't even do a good job with the 7. They should've compromised their design a bit and at least put 12 on or switched to something like a trackball or touchscreen/strip/pad.
- Consistency - Unify their interfaces, and provide consistent metaphors and controls
- Convenience - Most of the people I can think of that would buy this combo just expect basic features. It should be easier to make a call or read a web page with this system than others. People get *small and simple.*
The 7 keys suck even worse than I'd thought because I hadn't considered all the touch-tone menu systems. Their response is surely that I should put a jacket on it that has more buttons, but that's stupid because:
- Even though its transformable, everything it transforms into sucks more than a basic Nokia candybar.
- They have a real feature that people want: it's small and light. Adding jackets breaks that.
- Putting the 7 buttons there tells me you wanted it to be usable on its own. The device is technically usable, but practically almost unusable.
The netbook's controls are busted too, but not as bad.. and I don't need a manufacturers help to fix that.
Modu: I'd happily volunteer my time, coding skills, and even rudimentary amateur electronics to help. I want less phone. You can't compete with the big boys on the low-end, so fill a niche they miss: small, light, simple. Think of a woman with a tiny little clutch. Make the phone work for her, and you'll discover the other thing in that clutch: an inordinate amount of disposable money.
P.S. Make the headset jack match the standard: 3.5mm & compatible with ones with mics and controls for an iphone. Micro-usb headsets will only cost you sales.