My old phone, which did make calls
Despite (now) having a phone more powerful than Apollo 11, I can barely make a call. In fact, the more sophisticated my phones get, the worse they are for talking. Voice in general is neglected tech. While video moves into HD and higher levels of quality, voice is still not much better than tin cans. In fact, cell phones often sound worse than old fixed lines. If you try listening to music or something on a phone you realize how crap the signal is, far far worse than MP3. However, humans seem to tolerate far more degradation in sound than in other sense. However, one would think that voice would advance just a little bit in quality. But it doesn’t.
Despite all the features available now, I still find it harder to talk on the phone. There is background noise canceling technology, but it never really caught on. Instead phones get more and more like computer, but less and less useful as phones. Now computers are becoming netbooks and smartbooks and phones are becoming smartphones and iphones, meeting in the middle. However, there is little or no innovation in voice. No higher bitrate, no stereo, no noise-canceling, etc. I suppose there’s no demand for it, but it’s a strange technological dead end.