ghatch

Do manufacturers ensure you get bored with your phone?

I moved from an iPhone 4 about 6 months ago to an S3 and now find myself utterly bored with it.

Is this a common thing, as I think I would have been pleased carrying on with my year and a half old iPhone.

I am now contemplating a retro move backwards to an 8850 or 8210 + sim expander obviously!

Most Useful Answer CTPAHHIK  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:24

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Pondlife  Mar. 17, 2013 at 20:09

Well you may have something in common with Jan, you are welcome to try and dig up an 8210, I'll pass. Good luck with it.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:08

ghatch... absolutely. Could Samsung or Apple or or or combine everything 'we' love about smartphones into one device? You bet. Will they do it? Nope. A) how would they top themselves in 6 or 12 months time? And B ) What if they did it, and then someone else comes up with something extraordinary that noone had thought of before?

All products have built-in flaws and shortcomings. When Sony's betamax homevideo standard bombed in the early 1980s, a document leaked that outlined the lessons Sony learned from launching a superior product that, nonetheless, flopped spectacularly... Very sobering read back then. They outlined quite clearly how future products must be designed with "upgradability" in mind etc etc....


Another issue: us. We get bored. It's natural. And technology plateaus now and again.
I used probably 20 mid- to high-end phones in the last 12-18 months. At the same time true inovation stalled and it all became about bigger, faster, thinner... but rarely "NEW" or "different"....

I recently used an old Nokia E75 for a while - stunning audio performance. And you know what: the poor camera aside (by today's standard) I think I could live with something like it..

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:24

Unlock boot loader and head to XDA - there is plenty of excitement available.

TJ Skywasher  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:26

I think people in general just get bored with phones, I've no idea why. I must be the exception to the rule, to me it's just a phone but I guess some people use it for anything and everything a like playing with every last feature all day long. As long as it makes phone calls, texts, email, takes decent photos and has access to the handful of apps I use then that's fine by me.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:30

People get bored with all tech, but the balance of affordable/being able to show your mates/people caring about it, is almost perfect with phones. The only other thing I can think of is getting a new car, but that's pretty damn expensive to do when you just happen to be bored of your old one.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 12:42

People get bored with all tech, but the balance of affordable/being able to show your mates/people caring about it, is almost perfect with phones. The only other thing I can think of is getting a new car, but that's pretty damn expensive to do when you just happen to be bored of your old one.

I guess... that explains my boredom - I have no friends; none whose opinions I care about anyway :p So I have no need to show-off and can concentrate on usefulness etc...
Whenever I go back to a 2- or 4-year old smartphone, pretty much the only thing that bothers me is the lag when opening galleries or playlists. In that regard speed is a big hook. Once you have used a fast device it's hard to go back to slow... But there are limits. I have few problems using, say, the HTC HD2. Despite the very bloated and resource-hungry WinMo it's generally fast enough. The purpose-built Opera browser is very fast and takes every page you throw at it. Camera sucks, and there are some apps you can't get, of course...

Stelph  Mar. 18, 2013 at 13:02

I think people in general just get bored with phones, I've no idea why. I must be the exception to the rule, to me it's just a phone but I guess some people use it for anything and everything a like playing with every last feature all day long. As long as it makes phone calls, texts, email, takes decent photos and has access to the handful of apps I use then that's fine by me.


I think im the opposite end of the scale then, personally I try and do everything I can on my phone from web browsing, video watching across to as much content creation as I can. Personally I find it less that I get "bored" with a phone, more I get frustrated by what it can't do simply because of limitiations set on it by manufacturers (for example apple refusing to allow their SD reader to work with the iPhone) which is why quite often I switch.

That being said, although I want my phone to do everything I also want an easy life, which is why every time I try and switch I have (so far) ended up back on an iPhone as it does "almost" everything I want and the user interface is simple and uncluttered. Doesnt mean I wish apple would sort out some of the niggles and allow power users more freedom

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 18:46

I'm a bit like stelph... I often 'sit' near a laptop using my phone to browse/email or photo-prettifying. There is something more 'immediate' about the form-factor. But I also want 'simple'.
A thing that annoys me about Android is that it got more and more complex since Donut. There are now sub-settings menus for settings. Background sync etc etc everything is getting more complex; triple redundancies? You got it. Back up your device to Google? Sure; and to the free Dropbox account? Sure; and to Samsung and and and...

3 years ago folks were ridiculing Symbian for the 'confusing' multiple ways of getting to the same place. Well, LOL

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 19:05

Guess they weren't important enough pics to do properly then.
Amazing isn't it the more a phone can do the more settings there are...
Think Matt mentioned it before you seldom have phones longer than the set up stage. I don't think anyone else visits the settings pages as much as you. Just like my tv has pages and pages of settings, whereas back in the day it was colour, brightness, and contrast if you were lucky. Just like the atari 2600 just had you slotting the cart in and the xbox 360 has settings galaore and overful ui.
It's not like you have to back up to all those places...

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