Rick Hurst Web Developer in Bristol, UK


carphone warehouse product spec blues

Yesterday my mobile phone died. I was in one of those weird situations where i could hear the other person but they couldn’t hear me and they were getting spooked out.

Anyway, i’m not much of a mobile phone user – I might carry it everywhere with me and feel insecure without it but I hardly ever use it, so I went over the carphone warehouse website to see what clearance bargains they have. I picked a couple costing less than £50 and went to have a look at their technical specs and it drove me round the bend, because the categories don’t match for each phone making it difficult to compare them.

For example, where one phone might have something like:-

Triband: yes

The other one would have something like

Triband: dualband

And another might have


and another one the category was missing altogether leaving you to guess whether they left it out or just presume they mean no….

I wonder whether they deliberately leave out the categories where the features don’t exist so that the listing doesn’t look too negative or whether they made the system so flexible that it is almost impossible to have any consistency.

If I was building it I would have a standard set of categories which would be listed against every phone and if a new category was added it would automatically be listed against all phones – this obviously makes more work for the administrator who then has to go through and update the status of the new category against all the old phones.

This has to be the most boring post i’ve ever put on this site.

This is definately the most boring post I have ever written

[Listening to: Rest Your Saddle – Alvin Youngblood Hart – (2:41)]