Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know what the Apple iPhone is by now. Perhaps you have one? Or like me, maybe you have talked to people who have them and use them all the time.
One of the issues with iPhones is the same with most smart-phones on the market today – they’re flat! And when you talk on them, the microphone is usually a few inches away from your mouth. Contrast that to the good old desk phone that is curved to the shape of your head. There was a purpose for that design curvature! It puts the ear piece near the ear and the mouth piece near the mouth. Clearer conversations.
I have noticed some pretty spotty conversations with people who are using cell phones. Lately I have been asking “what kind of phone are you talking on”? When these poor quality conversations occur, it is almost invariably a smart phone of some kind. Not necessarily the iPhone but those are arguably the most popular smart phone so I’m picking on that one.
Even the “flip open” cell phones seem to offer better quality conversations than the flat smart phones. I suspect this is because they (like the good old desk phone) are curved to match your shape.
Don’t get me wrong here. Smart phones like the iPhone are very nifty gadgets and they do a lot of neat things like GPS, play movies, get email, etc. But I question whether they can let you hold a decent quality, consistently reliable conversation. After all, what is a phone really for if not for talking?
If you are using a phone for business, don’t you want the conversations to be clear and concise? You might be tempted to cut down on the phones for your home based business down to just a cell phone. But consider the quality of the conversations to your clients, prospects, and customers before you do that. Your clients might not be very impressed if they only hear every other word!