The other day I was considering updating my old "candybar" cellphone. I went into the Sprint/Nextel retail store and began playing around with numerous new and advanced smartphones. I was all set to pull the trigger on buying a new smartphone when I asked a simple question: "How much talk time does this wizbang phone offer?" The salesperson turned his head down and said, "Well, sir, frankly not very much — an hour or two is about all I can talk if I am doing anything on the Web." That small and vital piece of information was all I needed to march over and choose a traditional "candybar" cellphone — one that only does the basics but offers hours of digital talk time. The lesson here is that, while the features of a smartphone are very interesting, the notion of recharging my phone every couple of hours was a quick turn-off. While there may be plenty of early adopters for the smartphone, anyone with half a brain will wait till they solve the talk-time dilemma.