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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sc3252
Member since:
2005-09-06

Its more complicated then that. The consumers probably don't understand what this means for them. I don't think if you told someone this was put in place for planned obsolescence they(the consumer) would be happy, but that is what its for. They don't want to support this thing for more than a year so people will go out and buy the Droid Y(as in why would you buy this?) next year.

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LighthouseJ Member since:
2009-06-18

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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sc3252 Member since:
2005-09-06

I am sure that is a great selling point for buyers... The only thing is that they don't usually update after the first year, so you have to deal with it for another year until you can upgrade. While I do understand your point that people like to buy new "shinny" shit, it still isn't pleasant to hear that your hand held computer is not going to be updated because they want you to buy the new version next year.

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David Member since:
1997-10-01

A consumer also wants to buy something that has some value on ebay when they upgrade. A phone that can't have its software upgraded when it's a couple years old is worth a lot less than a phone that can. Which makes it a bad deal.

I have never failed to sell my old iPhone for at least the $200 I paid for it when I upgraded to the new one. That's an important consideration.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Are you sure the consumer wouldn't be happy if they heard about planned obsolescence?


Hard to parse that grammatically, but I get the gist. ;)

A (regular) consumer only wants a phone that will last them until their next upgrade cycle.


Define "regular consumer". Everyone I talk to at work, home, and play wants devices that will last more than 2 years, and continously lament the whole "planned obsolescence" thing. Everywhere I turn I hear complaints about yesteryear when even simple appliances like a toaster would last for 10 years or more. Now, everything is "throw-away after 10 months of use".

Perhaps you are talking about pre-teens/teens/early-20-somethings who don't know any better as they've grown up with the "throw-away tech"?

If TDMA towers were still operational, I'd still be using my original cell phone, Panasonic TX-220. A nice ruggedised phone that's survived 2-storey drops onto concrete. Compare that to the crap being pumped out now that can rarely survice a 3 foot drop onto carpet.

Oh, for the days when quality mattered, and longevity was king. :stares wistfully into the distance:

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