Most smartphones that we own these days tend to run into the hundreds of dollars if you were to purchase it unlocked – and the high end models tend to cost a whole lot more, like half a grand at the very least. Heck, let us not even go into those models that come studded with diamonds and gems. Well, here is a MIT project known as the DIY Cellphone which is a working handset that as its name suggests, you will be able to construct yourself.
It does all of the basic functions pretty well, including making and receiving phone calls as well as text messages, being able to stash names and the correct phone numbers with them, and needless to say, just like any other decent cellphone out there, it will also be able to display the tie. It will be built upon the hardware and software in the Arduino GSM Shield, although it has been extended with a full interface that will include display, buttons, speaker, and a microphone among others. You can choose from a black and white LCD or an eight-character matrix of red LEDs. [Project Page]
Ah, there is nothing quite like a bitter rivalry that will bring out the best in everyone, but where do you draw the line when it comes to saying good things about your product without drawing in other people? I suppose it would be relative to one’s value system, and with Microsoft, they are certainly not pulling any punches with their latest ad that depicts the Surface RT going up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, citing the latter’s lack of a full sized USB port as being a major disadvantage. After all, this translates to the inability to recharge the battery within the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and to connect a phone or another external device simultaneously.
With Microsoft, that issue is, well, a non-issue at all, since you can do both at the same time. Would this particular aspect of the Surface RT make you shell out money for that piece of hardware?