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Motorola Unveils Project Ara to Create Modular Smartphones

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That is going to need a case.


Oct 29, 2013, 12:42 PM
You walk into a room

Everyone is down on their knees.

You ask," what happened, did someone lose a contact?"

"No, Bill dropped his phone and it went everywhere."

Doom Wolf

Oct 29, 2013, 1:40 PM
Nough said.

Oct 29, 2013, 2:08 PM
Well based on how it looks, the pieces will probably either lock into place, or, it looks like you can use something like a rubber / metal band that would be stretchy and wrap around the phone and hold everything together. It would make more sence if there were tiny screws that you could use to secure the pieces, like glasses sized screws.

Oct 29, 2013, 6:28 PM
Surely Motorola and Phone Bloks know what their doing. A whole year of testing.

I wouldn't be one bit surprised if Moto ended up buying Phone Bloks.

Oct 29, 2013, 9:01 PM
I agree with you - after all this testing / usage, you'd think they would have it nailed down 100% and release a solid product. ... but remember, This is Motorola, sooo.. not like they have released any great phones lately. And yes, I know they released the Moto X.

Oct 29, 2013, 3:41 PM
Skip to 1:10 in the video on the main page to see how it works. A case would probably still be a good idea as the pieces may slide out of place, but they aren't just loosely sitting there.

Oct 29, 2013, 3:49 PM
This would probably be the one instance where I see the point in getting a case.
Riot Jr.

Oct 29, 2013, 5:09 PM
I think that the one in the picture is just for ilustrative purposes (looks cool, though).
It would make a lot more sense to think that you will have to remove the back cover of the phone, along with the battery, sim card and memory card to access the interchangeable parts.

The resulting phone will be a bit bulkier, but, not so much, given modern standards.

The thing I'll be happy about for the most part, is the chance of upgrading external RAM.
Buying a cheap phone with basic 512MB, and being able to upgrade to 1.5 GB or 2.5 GB just by buying a memory module for about $30 - $60. Instead of a new phone.
Oh and being able to put a bigger battery in as well.

I think that a interchangeable display will have to be part of the frame/c...

Oct 29, 2013, 5:26 PM If you look at the article here, it says Motorola teamed up with them. So the product you see there is, more or less, a prototype of what we would actually see. Though, again, I still wouldn't rule out the idea that the final product will have a cover over the bloks.

I just ask because, reading your post, it doesn't sound like you have seen the video yet. Just past the 1:10 mark it shows and interchangeable display, along with the bloks going in.
Riot Jr.

Nov 2, 2013, 6:51 PM
I will check that video on my break.

Oct 29, 2013, 8:52 PM
Try $80 to $100 bucks.
Riot Jr.

Nov 2, 2013, 6:50 PM
Sounds legit. They could charge that much, being it a novelty.

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