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Cell Phone Design: The 7 Basic Constraints that Shape a Mobile Phone [Video]

Curious why your cellphone is designed the way it is? This informative video highlights the constraints of cellphone design and the factors that drive modern cellphone layouts.

Bill Hammack, the face of Engineer Guy videos, take a moment to explain the history of cellphone design and how we arrived at current designs. As an interesting side note, Bill uses 8pen as his Android keyboard (seen at around the one minute mark).

Cell Phone Design [YouTube via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/14/11

Comments (4)

  1. icedmoon

    Good presentation, but we already know that.

  2. Bobro

    its good but he didnt mention how blackberrys are seriously crap compaired to all other smart and stupid phones but yet still sell!!!

  3. The Unspoken

    @Bobro: You have to have a use for Blackberry. They are a business man’s phone is what I have come to realize. They are crap if you want more flare and they are extremely limited to business type applications. So imagine that, Blackberry pin pointed a group of people to sell to and focus on them…

  4. zune phone

    You’ve got great insights about cell phone, keep up the good work!

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