I have been a gadget junkie for decades, Always eyeing and wanting the latest gadget. I was one of the first of my friends to every have a cell phone (back in 1996) and I have had countless phones since and have always been a “phone geek”.
Its amazing how much technology has changed since the start of the industry. I could remember when small phones were in. Everyone running to make the smallest cell phone. Now we are seeing a change where bigger phones with bigger displays and more power are in demand.
I have been using and hacking Android phones for over a year now. In that year I have owned 8 different android phones which I think is a record for me.
My question is this; Is mobile technology moving too fast?
It seems as soon as you walk out the store with your phone there is a new model. I believe new phones are now coming out faster than new computers and since all these manufacturers are trying to be the first to have an octo core processor or a 5 inch super duper HD screen does this have any affect control quality?
It seems that more and more phones and tablets are rushed to market because they want to be the first to have this bell or that whistle but at what expense?
- Remember the xoom shipping without a working SD card?
- The LG G2X littered with all of it’s QC issues?
- The Asus Transformer Prime with it’s Wifi and GPS issues?
- The Samsung Epic 4G Touch with it’s LOS issues?
It seems that the faster these devices are coming out the more problems they are having with build quality, software glitches and not very well thought out designs. Lets face it now we have kind of accepted this is how things are but it doesn’t make it right. We pay our hard earned money for our devices time and time again almost making them disposable yet we have to live with their shortcomings. I often use this analogy. I dont buy a brand new car today that doesn’t fully work and hope that a tune up later on might fix the issue I’m having. I expect the car to work flawlessly when I pull it out of the lot. It seems we have almost accepted this from mobile manufacturers and it’s becoming a common practice to use the old Microsoft mentality of “release it today and fix it later”.
Another concern I have is that these manufacturers are spending so much time and money on developing the fastest most powerful cell phones and tablets yet leaving one technology forgotten; battery technology. I honestly think these companies should put developing new decives on the back burner for a short time while it focuses on and spends more energy on advancing battery technology so it can better run the more powerful hardware everyone envisions, because lets face it; we are still using pretty much the same battery technology we have been using for years and years with little or no advancement and as these devices push more pixels and push faster more power hungry processors advancement in battery technology is going crucial.
What are your thoughts on this?
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