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(B.Y.O.P.) Build Your Own Phone

Updated on October 30, 2013

Modular Phones

You may or may not have heard of the Kickstarter called Phonebloks. It is the cell phone equivalent to building your own computer. In fact, technically it is the same thing only a lot smaller. You can swap out blocks that snap together, and are completely upgrade-able.

For example, let us say your needs for smart phones are primarily battery life, and camera quality. You could use the majority of your block space for battery and use a better camera lens, or multiple types of lenses (fish eye, macro, etc...).

This fully customizable phone design has its ups and downs. The up side is fully customizable down to what operating system is installed, however this is also considered a downside for those who do not want to learn how to or have the time to do so. For someone like me this sounds like an amazing idea. If a component goes out, I can just replace it instead of the entire phone.


Phonebloks is not in this alone anymore. Motorola is stepping behind this with their new Project Ara. Since Motorola is teamed up with Google and Android, the matter of installing an operating system may be achieved much simpler. This partnership gives hope to the future of hand held computing. I do not believe that this will be the most popular device, but I am sure it will have a large enough fan base to keep it moving forward.

Images of Phonebloks

Phonebloks Phone Whole
Phonebloks Phone Whole | Source
Phonebloks Battery Out
Phonebloks Battery Out | Source
Phonebloks Disassembled.
Phonebloks Disassembled. | Source

Provided the price is right, would you consider buying/building your own phone?

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Videos of Phonebloks, and Project Ara

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