Ever get pissed knowing that your smartphone will be obsolete in a year? These guys feel you.
Awesome idea chaps. Keep it up!
I agree, although the concept was originally mine, they could run into issues with Microsoft over this, as a couple of years ago M$ registered a Patent on a modular cellphone, as they where doing nothing with it at the time I was unable to sue them for infringement on my design.
Although if this is going to be a open platform as originally intended I have no problems with the block phone.
The variation I had, was that of clip on gaming controls, TV output etc extending the capabilities into a media/Gaming Platform.
I am Spartacus …..
No, I am Spartacus
No I’m Dirty Dan
No this is is Patrick.
The internet was originally my idea. I feel your pain, brah.
The idea was originalli IBM’s. And they made PC. Hey, i’Sapinses, do you like that.
What happens to all the thrown out bloks? Or when the Blok gets worn out. Same thing with any other phone. Waste
Nate, don’t be a jerk. It’s a step in the right direction.
How is he being a jerk? He’s addressing actual issues that this concept might face.
The modules wont produce as much waste as an entire phone though.
Same thing that happens with any other phone — they get recycled (you do return your old phones to get recycled, don’t you?), except instead of having to recycle an entire phone, you just recycle the part you replaced.
Are you sure your parts aren’t sent to Africa and dumped into a hill of scrap electronics to be recycled (burned in campfire to get the small amounts of precious metals)? Because that is what happens to majority of useless electronics. At least with a blockphone theres a bit less uselessness.
So you’re saying that all our waste gets dumped in Africa?
Good news for once.
I am sure they could be recycled or returned and repurposed. The modular idea is great in that the older pieces aren’t necessarily trash. You could keep them for occasions when you needed them, sell them back, etc. The main point was that rather than throwing away several hundred dollars worth of good parts just because the cheapest one of those parts break, you would be able to spend 20-30 bucks for a new component rather than hundreds for a new phone. On top of that, you could customize your phone for you with it’s hardware rather than just with software. It’s a great idea!
Well, the idea is that instead of throwing away your whole phone (because, let’s be honest, people rarely send their phones to be fixed nowadays if they can buy a new one – not even considering how many phones are thrown away just for the sake of getting the newest ones), you keep it longer, trading only the parts that are broken, or outdated. Waste is unavoidable, but it’s a lot less waste in a bigger margin of time, wouldn’t you agree?
This isn’t just about reducing waste. It’s also about customizability and having control over your phone.
The iPhone hardware is locked down tighter than a maximum security prison. Everything is soldered to one board, so nothing can be replaced/swapped out, and Apple can put whatever proprietary hardware, DRM, etc. that they want on it.
With the blocks system, you can get the hardware that matches your usage patterns, instead of some generic configuration designed to match the average usage pattern. With competition between block manufacturers, DRM and other nefarious things will quickly die out, and costs will come down.
Plus, if one component dies or becomes obsolete, you can replace just that component, instead of the whole phone. So it DOES reduce waste too. 1 block is a lot less waste than a whole phone.
you’re an idiot.
yea sure but instead of wasting a phone whith one worne out/broken component, You swap the one broken component.
they turn them into legos.
I think this is the greatest idea I’ve ever seen This could revolutionize the entire world of possibilities I’m hoping this will come out I want one just for watching the video Please make this happen
Of course this will put the phone designers out of business and move the power downstream to the component makers–bye, bye Apple and hello Chinese manufacturers.
Apple is a Chinese manufacturer. When I made the mistake of buying an iPod a few years ago, it shipped directly from China.
Apple manufactures in China. They have a plant there named “Foxconn” which became famous for employee suicides. Apple responded by putting up a net around the top of the building (off which people had been jumping) and, when this failed to stem the flow, by amending the life insurance policies to be void if the death could be shown to be suicide-related.
I don’t understand how introducing complexity creates efficiencies. Does saving the end user a bit of money and elongating the life of the base phone unit offset the additional costs and environmental stresses of procuring the required materials, labor, energy and delivery? What is its carbon footprint?
Also, what is the \block that controls the speed?\ The CPU? Doesn’t software have an effect on speed?
Lastly, the only reason I’ve had to replace my two previous phones is I dropped them and the screen broke. The last two computers I bought were due to coffee spills on the keyboard. Seems to me shatter-proof iPhone screens and insulated keyboards would cut out much of the obsolescence that this idea addresses.
Let’s project some answers for you.
Understanding comes down to an individual, so with that in mind, seems to me you are playing daft. Anything takes time and the video explains the “carbon footprint” quite clearly. Try turning whatever device is outputting sound up, or make your captioning larger?
Applications on an open standard usually are made with the intent to run the best they can with what hardware is provided. So for myself this question really has no meaning.
No one can help you upgrade your butterfingers except yourself. When you say computers, I am certain you mean laptops. I hope you mean laptops, if you are replacing whole machines because your 1.0 butterfingers keep botching your coffee sips, talk about “carbon footprint” massacre much? Most of what you said just makes me facepalm anyway, good day.
You replaced entire phones because a $10 glass screen broke? I think this video was made with your waste in mind.
iPhone screens cost $70 to replace in the US.
And how much does a whole iPhone cost? I think the point still stands?
You write like you are sophisticated and smart, but where you failed is at the part that you replaced your phone because you broke your screen and didn’t replace just the screen. In the last 3 years, every phone that is out on the market has a screen that’s replaceable. On another note, when these guys are done with phoneblock, they should invent you a slip proof coffee mug, kind of like a sippy cup, but stainless, for the sophisticated person you are
This post has all kinds of fail in it. First nothing is unbreakable. As one response indicates screens can be replaced without replacing the whole phone, a point made in this video. Furthermore, PC Desktop computers have been essentially modular for a long time now. You can replace your hard drive, keyboard, case, graphics card, etc, without buying a whole new computer. Making smart phones and laptops more modular is just the next logical step in evolution. Just as there is a market for computer components in the desktop PC market, there should be a market for the same in these other platforms.
^^ is the address to go to to spread the word!
Thank you. I am signing on. Great idea, and the right direction – hardware “apps”
Yes, fabulous idea. Haven’t seen an objection here that can’t be overcome with some more innovative thinking?
This is so cool. An upgradeable smartphone that anybody can update.I know this is not a new idea,but the amount of. Thinging to get the platform out to the public is great .as for apple .they have never invented any thing new .they have always taken somebody eleses idea. And then made a new verision. .the sony walkman became the ipod .the blackberry became the iphone ,etc. Thank guys for the great idea
that phone looks hideous…what a horrific idea. I would NEVER EVER want to own anything like that. i don’t want a phone that looks like everyone else’s.i like having choices. that’s why there’s apple and android and windows etc etc. that idea would never work. it’s really stupid.
what to do with the waste? now THAT is what we should be looking into. that phone is so ugly…
IT’S A FUCKIN PHONE. Who cares what it looks like? As long as it does what it needs to do.
I swear, picky mother duckers.
Obviously, a modular phone like this could be *cosmetically* modularized as well. It wouldnt have to look like everyone else’s. thats the beauty of it.
We’re looking at a functionality concept here, not a design concept. The idea is that they would get other companies building specific blocks, and so those companies would design components that look good so you choose those blocks over other companies’ blocks. If the phone took off then Apple would make a version that fits with your preferred style, then you can have a truly unique iBlockPhone, just like everyone else.
Your phone does look like everybody else as there are only so many phones on the market. Are you telling me that there is a noticeable difference in all of the model iPhones that have been released? To me everyone of them looks the same
yah..what he said. :\
Perhaps we could design pink blocks, sparkly blocks? blocks with tattoos?
This shit is stupid.
Thanks for the insight, George.
great idea, hope they can develop it! diff colour blocks would also be cool!
“where companies work together to create the best phone in the world”
I’m not saying that this is impossible, but this video glosses over one of the fundamental issues in any industry – the conflict between the market’s “need” for standardisation and the need for individual companies to wall-off market share with their unique IP. As such, I found the video a little naive. It would take decades to restructure the smart phone market in such a way that large corporations were willing to marginalise their own IP in exchange for the benefits of spending their own R and D budgets developing for this platform… the demand for this type of phone (or more likely, the complete boycotting of other types of phones) would have to be massive enough to signal to these companies that they risk losing money if they do not comply.
If the video is instead referring to a whole batch of new companies that sprout up and start providing components, then I wonder how these companies will get funding for their R and D activities before it has been demonstrated in the market that millions of people demand this product… which is of course the whole reason for making the video… but, think of an addressable market where most people feel completely comfortable buying a $5 dollar pair of jeans and eating meat for every meal, and tell me that anyone really thinks these same people are capable of coming together to prove in advance the potential market size for this product. Very unlikely, and therefore, they simply won’t have the hundreds of millions required to launch this product. Unless they can find an uber-wealthy philanthropist who sees this product as part of an imagined utopia and s/he fronts the money.
This is a cute idea but entirely naive and impractical. I would give it an A- as industrial design undergrad project. Congratulations!
In 10 years nobody will want a 10 year old plate with lego screwed on and pocket lint f*&$ing up the connections, whilst their friends have latest/greatest phones with 500 giga pixel camera, 3D projector, mind reader, nano circuitry, etc etc. Upgrading the lego blocks one at a time is still limited to how they go together, which 100% guaranteed will change over time. Your screw plate does not prevent obsolescence. I could swap out everything in my old desktop PC. New HD, new video card, new sound card, new motherboard, new faster DVD drive. At some stage though, it becomes too tempting to go out and get a new machine designed on fresh architecture. That is human nature: fresh and shiny sells.
Sorry, but this idea is DoA. The unsold inventory can go straight to recyclers. Why not think of better recycling strategy? And let people enjoy disposable tech candy the way we all want.
I’m afraid I’m with Archie on this. While the concept is admirable, the idea of birthing a brand in today’s glutted smartphone market, and getting enough customers and developers signed on to produce bloks seems like a steep slope.
How about simply putting more energy and resources behind recycling our old phones to those in the developing world? That would have a profound effect on slowing the consumer electronics waste stream too. And it doesn’t require making more of it. I mean eventually the blocks still end up as waste, right?
…and since everyone thinks like you, that’s that then. [dusts hands]
Or perhaps some folks don’t want a new phone all the time. I personally love my phone and would indeed prefer to increase the RAM when that gets cheaper. Or perhaps get a 12MP camera.
And to the OP here, I’m fairly confident the modularity wouldn’t stop with the bloks, but would prooooobably extend to having custom cases as well. This would help to keep your copious amounts of pocket lint out of the working parts.
PS: recycling also requires energy. Reduction of production AND waste is the key. If you only produce AND recycle one small blok then you’re not producing AND recycling an entire phone.
Its a wonderful idea and it will never happen because the majority of the worlds markets are run on planned obsolescence. Back to when Henry Ford got the car going in the US, they made it too well and the market dried up and they nearly went out of business. The only way to keep the economy rolling upwards is to ensure that people have to buy a new phone (or whatever) every year or two at the most and change the design so much that you cant keep the old one. And they deliberately stop making the parts so you cant repair things. My old phone broke, could I find a regular flip phone anywhere except suspicious ebay sites? No. And what happened to Palm? Who would have thought that great hardware and software would be wiped off the map is such a short time by the smart phone? Which by the way still doesn’t work as well as the Palm with syncing with my computer and updating the calendar and contacts. Unfortunately our society as a whole and the economy we created never really valued quality, intelligence, efficient use of resources and regard for the environment. Thus we have what we have (money and profit over anything else) and the number of people who want this to be different is small. Its a shame, and our world would look very different if we had a different viewpoint.
I will still sign up, because hey you never know and I support the idea. I just hope the young minds and hearts behind this don’t get crushed when it doesn’t happen.
Market Research will tell if there is enough demand to create a profit out there. If the statistics show that there is and the cost analysis looks good then launch the product. With the right marketing team you can sell tons of things that are dumb, pointless, etc. Marketing is to create demand so we will see.
This is ridiculous. Take a look inside an iPhone – it consists of a battery and a mainboard, which carries all of the electronics. Most of the elements are housed within a single chip. The enclosure consists of a few parts, engineered to be as thin as possible. An iPhone also happens to be highly recyclable.
This blocks idea would use several times the volume of plastics and electronics to create what would end up being an absolute brick of a device, which would likely cost more and have inherent upgrade problems.
Sadly this naive approach is very common when it comes to waste/environmental issues. What you’ve ended up proposing is the polar opposite of your goal.
And while I appreciate this is a concept, you highly underestimate the engineering challenges you’d face with this!
Well since the idea is isn’t EXACTLY Fing PERFECT right out of the gate then let’s not explore it at all. Tell that to people that invented computers and phones in the first place and take special note of the blank stares and facepalms.
Drops microphone on stage. Walks away.
It’s a lego-phone! I think it’s an awesome idea!!!! Get moving on this!!!! Contact Sir Richard Branson!!!
This idea is indeed analogous to PC design. You can replace your harddrive, video card, processor, memory…BUT, this allows only incremental upgrades. When certain changes occur…new memory technology, new interface and buss technology, etc….the basic infrastructure that allows the components to communicate must change, which requires a new motherboard AND new components. Do you get a bit more life out of it? Sure, but how many people are actually upgrading to the latest and greatest EVERY year? Would such an open platform appeal to companies who rely on the rush to buy more appealing products at a regular rate? People are in business to make money. The way to make THIS product fly is to create a solid business model, not wishful thinking about “how great it would be.”
so, where’s that link to click on, buddies?
Best Idea ever ! Make it happen !
This concept sounds good on paper but it is not possible.
The reason smartphones have so much capacity and such long battery life is that almost all functions are integrated on a single chip. Routing signals through pins and a backplane would cost tremendously in power and speed.
Next is the problem of making sure all these components will work. Do you realize how much effort goes into making sure that that integrate phone chip will work with all those peripherals and software running on it? Thousands of man-hours and billions of CPU hours. There is NO WAY you could create a phone and operating system that would support the millions of possible user configurations with any sort of reliability.
It is possible to create such a phone platform, but it would have such poor reliability, speed and battery life that no one would buy it.
You don’t want your phone to be obsolete in a year? DONT BUY THE NEXT ONE! If your phone was sufficient for the last year, why is it suddenly “obsolete” because a new model just came out?
Um… because that single integrated chip wears out? Huh… did I just make that up or did I just hear it a second ago?!?
The companies won’t go for it. Yes is cheaper and less wasteful, but they make more money the way they do it.
It seems I remember when every brand of cell phone had its distinct charger, so when the phone was thrown out, so was the charger. Now they are standardized, and this happened at least partially through consumer pressure.
The beauty of this idea is not just building cell phones with components, but applying it to the manufacture of many other items that need regular upgrading.
This will take a major shift in the way we are socialized to perceive objects, and we need to make the change soon.
Great idea for people who don’t want to be on the cutting edge of tech – which might even be most people.
For geeks like me – I want the latest best components every year or two, and batteries wear out in that time frame so the modular aspect would actually INCREASE my waste not decrease it.
Great for ‘your mum’ though
I am confused. You say that the batteries wear out in 1 or 2 year and you want to best tech when it comes out, yet that will increase your waste? I am confused. If there is a new version of your cell phone out every year then every year you are wasting every part of the phone. They never upgrade every part of the phone becuse that wouldn’t maximize their profits. Thus companies only upgrade 2 or three parts of the phone.
So… when the 3 new moduals come out for your phone you can just replace 3 of them. and keep the other 14 parts.
Recap your plan you replace 17 parts to your phone per year. This idea you replace 3 per year. Where is your waste?? Companies are still going to maximize their profits. Their not going to create a new part ever week.
The same exact thing that happened (and still happens) in the world of custom PCs and retail computer parts would apply here: eventually, what holds the blocks together will become obsolete, or certain blocks will not work with preexisting blocks due to the underlying technology itself changing.
I really liked this video, but I think that modularity is an inferior solution to fabrication techniques and innovative materials that would simply make recycling easier and more efficient, if they can be devised.
I weep for humanity.
Any alien reading these responses would judge humanity unfit for continued existence.
I’ve encountered more articulation in a steaming pile of crap than in these posts.
ha! u said it.
1:53 “the right kind of people” working on it. White men. For reals, y’all. Such a thoughtful idea otherwise.
Correction: “the right people”. But still. My point remains.
Firstly I think this concept is based on an incorrect assumption – that we through away phones because parts break or become redundant and therefore throw them away causing wastage. Personally I replace my phone roughly every 2 years because I want the latest gizmo’s & gadgets. If I had a phone block it would be even easier to upgrade constantly creating even more waste! Not to mention the compatibility issues using open source engineering and software – no one would ever be responsible for the phone not working…!
Nate, if the component was thoroughly used until it burns out, it wasn’t wasted and throwing out one little block instead of the whole phone reduces waste because you get to utilize all the other components that are still good. While it doesn’t eliminate waste entirely (and nothing will), it magnifies efficiency and probably also brings down the cost because replacing a small component rather than the entire phone makes sense.
P.S. to the site that runs this, your capcha sucks.
All new manufacturing ventures should include sustainable recycling paths to return materials back into use, rather than landfill or trash barges.
This is a really cool concept but the actual implementation of such a device is extremely impractical from a developer’s standpoint and even more so for the competitive mobile market. Even if you got an architecture to work with this modular design, in order for it to be able to be “upgraded” it as it is being presented here, you would have to keep everything the same architecture in order for the modular components to interact with the mobo correctly. This is almost exactly how a modern day computer works as you can replace all the components that make up the computer, however you still need to buy a new motherboard when yours is outdated and this usually includes moving to a new socket and/or architecture, thus I am failing to see how this will provide a longer lasting phone rather than a phone with greater ability to customize as the consumer in which case the phone companies don’t really have any use for it. They already offer multiple models for the different pricing levels, and adding this complexity would surely raise of the cost of the “base” configuration by a decent amount. So unless you were just a geek or you really wanted the ability to customize, or I suppose easily replace parts of, your phone, then I don’t see how this concept could ever be more than just a concept.
The Conception drives the Phone-World to the same rails as PC-world. But – let’s remaind, PC-conception where worked out by IBM, when it was “the-one-and-omly” IBM. The Phone-world is much more platformed today. The common standard of the blocks does not get out easily from nowhere.
… ta-ta ta …
- the working out the lasting (capable to last) modular platform is much-much more expencive than producting new phones.
The modular idea won’t work well for a phone the same way it works for desktop PC’s. I don’t think you can compare the interchangeable parts system of desktop PC’s to a cell phone, because the PC isn’t designed to be portable. A desktop is mostly air, and you can’t afford to carry that around in your pocket. A better computer comparison to a cell phone would be a laptop, and you can see how modular those are…
Great idea, but I don’t see it working out…
couple of small matters: what does it cost? what does it weigh? i can get the latest and greatest phone from a carrier for $150. Can you beat that? and then a newer more super-duper one in only two years for $150. I’ll never get tired of my boring old phone, and I’ll always have a a new one to look forward to. And those big carriers don’t give you a break on monthly charges just because you get your phone from someone else.
The typical average person won’t want to do the \work\ to take it apart, move the Lego pieces around and rearrange everything to update stuff, then update firmware, drivers and software to accommodate new features.
I’m looking at it from the perspective of building a PC… When you change out a hard drive, or a video card it’s not so clean cut. Those components would have to do that automatically.
And yet it is still a $10 screen… Or in reality more like $0.10…
Super friggin kool. One more thing NEEDS to be added. Solar power function. We dont need battery’s. We have a mega super one in the sky. We call it the sun
Actually idea is great, but… How do you ensure that these components have tight connection? Even a little mistake- wrong signal in circuit of power can make your idea look rubbish. This is why they solder everything together. You can not change any components at your computers motherboard that have soldered to it without the risk of losing entire motherboard because of static electricity or week connections. How do you keep your phone up to different technologies (pin numbers, connections between different components)? Different software?
Join Google or you really need to be as big as Microsoft to make such a step. Microsoft just bought Nokia- join them or sell this idea to Microsoft, then this idea could work. You need to work with several problems your idea has and put the solutions in your video to make this project worth considering.
why would the thunderclap share need to be able to edit peoples’ profiles? (sketchy!) …should only need permission to tweet or FB share on the person’s behalf.
No I’m Spartacus !
Ps. Awesome idea
Hi Guys and Gals!
I really like the idéa. The approach is very 2000:ish. In the software sphere this what it’s all about -Modularity!!!
Have you tried crowd-funding this idéa? If not, do it! I has for a long time erked me that the big companies incorporates calculated weaknesses into devices.
However that’s not why i from little Sweden posts….. I liked the idéa and immediately thought of a few things. I have one of these obsolete phones, namely an Iphone 4s. One thing that irritates me is the sharp edges, soo:
- You should incorporate a rubber shell around the phone into the concept
- Also what OS did you have in mind? An open platform like Android?
Regards from Sweden, we believe in you!
Awesome idea, I like it!
Go for it!
Think about the phone itself as a block.
Block of the entire system of information you need:
\cloud\; your own server at home & employe’s server; desktop PC’s at home & at work; …; \Palm\ (the old one); home TV-set(up); smartwatch/ Timex, BT-HF, external BT-GPS-module etc.
and SOFTWARE!. (Android IS modular! and you can replace it as you like. If you like? do you?)
I used to use my phone-tablet this way. And every of the components last as it lasts.
(I still use Win-XP … old Nokia-phone and Palm, as I mentioned, … becase they work. Still, and well. And newest Asus PadFone with them…)
This is the technological integration, that all the phone-inside is just A! chip-screen-and-battary. You can’t make it more modular.
Or. Making this, you produce more-more recyclable plastic enlousures. To sarry with you and throw away, then time is over … And morr-morr-more (R!!!) compability problems.
So – what the point is – the world IS COMING more modular. But the smartphone is a module, not a device.
Remember, why the Camera& GPS assimilated into the \phone\ – because it was REASONABLE.
You don’t like to replice the camera and phone and screen together. So don’t do it. You have the freedom to buy them separately.
Do you do that?
Audiatur et altera pars…
Hey Dave! Women and people of color and non-white people can be CEO’s and entrepreneuers and designers too!
I noticed that, too, Luna. Unfortunately, I am clearly not “the right people”.
I agree with this entire plan and think it is a brilliant concept. I don’t really know if it would be possible EXACTLY as you said, since it takes a lot more than just \blocks\ to create a working cellular device that doesn’t shock your face or blow up in your hand or radiate energy than can cause cancer or various other things like ensuring that ANY combination of components WILL work together faultlessly. This can not be ensured, it is technology ahead of our time.
PLUS, you forgot something….
Phone Companies DON’T want your phone to last That costs them MONEY$. They ALSO don’t want to work with other companies to create something that benefits only you, because that means they have to share the profits of anything you buy with SOMEONE ELSE. In the business world, where everything is motivated by the almighty DOLLAR, and COMMON SENSE takes a backseat to GREED, YOU (the consumer) CAN NOT WIN. YOU are not SUPPOSED to win. YOU are supposed to BUY.
How about this idea…instead of trying to fix everything wrong with THE CELL PHONE….lets start trying to fix everything wrong with the Cell Phone MARKET, the Cell Phone MANUFACTURERS, and the Cell Phone PROVIDERS so that when the Cell Phone itself is fixed we have a stable place for it to reside.
I love the idea, although this would have to run a decent OS (android, Ubuntu touch), and rather than just having a ‘speed’ component, the user should be able to choose different RAM/CPU, rather than them being combined as one component.
I love the idea. I think it very well might succeed some day.
I’m a little too addicted to the Apple cool-aid for the moment though.
I know they rely on the battery not working well enough after around two years and the lack of upgradable space is pretty lame, but I still like them enough to get one every two to three years.
WIth others entrenched like me, it might be a little while, but it’s an awesome idea!
Only one problem… That’s an ugly phone. Also, most people aren’t going to want a phone with sharp corners like that.
Its a prototype. Relax
Um this sounds like how the personal computer became what is it today.
Like identical but in a phone. It worked for them and could work for phones.
WRONG! capacitors get smaller and smaller every month! This WONT work!
Plus it’s mad ugly
Make a crowdfunding out of it, or send a link, if it already is.
I guess you will have a lot supporters
I am not an engineer, but I’ve taken apart my iPhone 4s twice, once to replace the LCD screen and once to replace the power button and flex cable. The latter took place yesterday, and it was a grim reminder of how far away we are, from a feasibility standpoint, of having a product like the above. It’s a great functional concept, but respectfully, it is totally pie-in-the-sky. Apple (and Samsung, HTC, whoever) have already done an amazing job cramming all of the relevant smartphone circuitry into such a tiny space and in such a way as to give the all-important battery enough breathing room. The main circuit board and the shape of the cables that connect various components to the board all seems to be designed specifically to fit around the battery. I suspect part of the design motive is to avoid overheating. If a battery was laid on top of a medium-level interconnector layer as depicted above (similar to a semiconductor substrate, perhaps?), I imagine that would cause lots of heat problems. Also, there are so many components that go unnoticed but are very important. In addition to the main RISC processor, you have digital signal processors and other chips designed for special functions, such as CDMA decoding. You have grounding wires to take into account. You have the vibrator, which takes up at least twice as much space as any processor.
You get the point. Apple, at least, has made the LCD screen easier to replace on the iPhone 5 by no longer requiring one to come in from the other side and take everything else apart first. Slowly but surely, we may get there. Makes me long for the days of desktop computers and easily replaceable circuit boards, memory DIMMs, processors, hard drives, etc…. screws and wires visible to the human eye…. *Sigh*