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?

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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