Wait a second, does the 2-year phone upgrade still make sense? I think not
Commentary: Flagship phones are giving us only incremental improvements, and our upgrade culture makes less sense than ever.
July 7, 2021 5:00 a.m. PT
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Smartphone innovation has stagnated, and this is not a knock against the consumer electronics companies or the tech giants that design them. Maybe we’ve reached peak smartphone, and this is as far as it needs to go. It could well be part of the reason why the race to upgrade your phones is slowing.
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I have a “broken” iPhone 10 (some broken glass on the back?) and pristine iPhone 7 (I brought to one of the cable companies cheap plans)..
Ever since I’ve found that there was no real reason to upgrade the 10 to the 12.
While I like technology, a $1,000 is an expensive “want”; not “need”.
Then I read about that NBA star from a third world country who uses a broken screen phone explaining that he can use the money for helping his people. I guess that really shamed me. If he can do it, so can I.
So I guess we have reached “peak phone” for me UNLESS there is some striking each-shaking feature “I just can’t live without”.
Sigh! But upgrading was fun!