What The Heck Is A Modular Phone? We'll Explain
You can't buy modular phones yet, but they're a promising concept that could cut down on the number of cellphones we throw away.By Leah Becerra, Evan Thomas | January 23, 2016
Here's a question: What the heck is a modular phone?
Google's Project Ara is the most mainstream example at this point. Instead of one big piece, the phone is designed so each major component can be swapped out. The screen, the battery, the processor, cameras, Wi-Fi antennas — each bit can be plugged and unplugged at will.
The first and biggest benefit over something like an iPhone is you don't have to exchange or upgrade the whole thing at once. If you want a bigger battery or a faster processor — or you crack the screen — you can replace it piece by piece.