What most people don't know is that it's all very rigged in that they continue to raise the prices while most of the tech they use should be seeing a decline in price to manufacture.
Even with the economies of scale being what they are, there's no way (in my mind) a smartphone of today's caliber is worth a grand.
Honestly, the only phone that would be reasonable to pay that much for is currently Samsung, but that's only because of its comparative specs and not due its "innovation".
Why anyone would need a smartphone with more than 6 let alone 4 Gigs of RAM is beyond me. It's not meant to replace the desktop experience yet I feel folk try to do just that with it.
The worse thing is that companies will always find a way to give people incentive to buy new phones after only a short period of owning their "old" phone.
Most Android vendors only support their phones for an additional 2 major Android versions and after that, their phone essentially becomes EOL. From what I've seen/heard, the majority of threats on the Android platform has been from user-space (as expected). So, to most, this isn't a justification to upgrade or to be up to date. I'm assuming that their apps can get upgraded up to a certain point but would eventually stop due to losing compatibility.
So, in Apple's case, while they may support iOS on their devices for longer, they're more liable to rig the performance on older devices without confirming doing so. On Android, they're Android will run the same for the extent its allowed with whatever Android version the vendor leaves them off with but will eventually stop receiving OS updates and app updates sooner.
The trick these companies use is marketing well to make people buy a "new" phone which only has marginally better specs or performance.
I've known people who run so much
crap on their phone and I always think to myself "do you really need all the tweeters and myspaces?"
We don't need new phones with specs increasing the rate it is, but because companies can do this and essentially force us to buy into it, we see what we see today.
It's for those reasons why I'm hoping the Librem 5 takes off well enough to the point that other people can start bridging the gap. The Pine64 guys seem to be interested in a budget phone running UBports.
“Though I have always made it my practice to be pleasant to everybody, I have not once actually experienced friendship. I have only the most painful recollections of my various acquaintances ...
― Osamu Dazai, No Longer Human
Last edited by That Random Guy; 03-31-2019 at 05:02 PM.