Linked by gsyoungblood on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless On July 15th the latest Android super-phone was released by Motorola and Verizon Wireless. All hail the Droid X. The release was not without controversy though. The Droid X, while greatly raising the bar for Android phones in general, does so at the expense of the very power users and community that made the original Droid the gotta-have phone it became. Alienating this group may have far reaching consequences for Motorola.
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Are you sure the consumer wouldn't be happy if they heard about planned obsolescence?

A (regular) consumer only wants a phone that will last them until their next upgrade cycle. Would the consumer really care if their phone they upgraded from broke after they upgraded? Why should Motorola over-engineer a phone that will last 15 years when it'll be used heavily for 2?

Further, most people (at least the ones I know) don't upgrade phones out of cycle and pay $400 to do so, they wait until their carrier heavily subsidizes their new one on a contract renewal period. If the phone breaks beforehand and must buy a new one, they'll buy the cheapest one so they can still use the service (and be soured on the carrier that charges them money), not the Droid Y.

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