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  • pseudopsynic
    +7

    Why wouldn't the phones come with a clear backing/case to help with this? This is one of the first things I thought about when I first heard of this project.

    • drunkenninja
      +6

      Yeah or a slide over frame to keep all components secure. I just don't get it.

    • feyes
      +4

      Doesn't even have to be clear, could just be something that slides over the modules and conceals them all. I'd like a grippy type back like the OnePlus One.

  • b1ackbird
    +5

    Update, 8/20/15, 3:53PM ET: Apparently, the team running the Project Ara Twitter feed are a bunch of jokesters. A day after tweeting that a failed drop test was the reason behind the switch from electropermanent magnets, the Ara team is pulling back and claiming that was just a "joke." The team now says that the magnets worked fine, but it has a new solution that'll be even better. At least we know now not to take anything the Ara team tweets too seriously. The team also tweeted that a better battery and camera are on the way -- hopefully they weren't joking about that.

    So it's actually good news!

  • staxofmax
    +2

    This whole thing seems like a solution looking for a problem. Storage is already modular, and screens, cameras, processors, and cameras are developing so rapidly it seems like I'd be replacing these components as rapidly as I'm already replacing entire phones.

    • a7h13f
      +3

      I think it's more about being able to fully customize your phone. Since it's modular, you can choose your exact hardware configuration, and presumably eventually buy parts from your favorite manufacturer. It's the difference between building your own PC or just buying a Dell.

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