Can we have standard standards, please?


My Galaxy Nexus arrived today, a day ahead of schedule. I was ecstatic when it arrived and I opened the box, took out my iPhone's micro SIM, and attempted to make myself a SIM card adapter. 

I failed miserably, and what you see above is the aftermath of my playing with sharp tools. Surprisingly, I didn't cut myself; unsurprisingly, this method didn't work. I knew it was going to be a pain in my behind and that if I failed (which I did), I'd be waiting until Saturday to get to an AT&T store to finally use my new phone as a phone. Then it hit me: can't we have standard standards?

There are certainly phones other than the iPhone 4 and 4S that use micro SIM cards instead of the regular mini SIMs, but the fact is that most companies are still using the latter. By definition, a standard is a "commonly used or supplied" item – meaning that mini SIMs are still the standard and micro SIMs are not. 

The blame mainly falls on Apple for pushing micro SIMs into the limelight. Companies are following in its footsteps, but there's still a ways to go to get everyone on the same page card so phones are interoperable again. 

Until then, I'll be waiting to switch to Android full-time. I can still play with the Nexus, but I have to be home to do it. Sigh. What are your experiences with not-so-standard standards?

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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