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Phones should be more than just fads

11 Oct 2017 | By Anish Chakraborty
New phones sans new innovations

Someone should say it already. Majorly hyped phone launches are blown-out-of-proportion because there's nothing new in them.

Most of the times, an average consumer doesn't even know that he/she needs a particular feature before some firm comes along and shoves it down his/her throat.

But, before you buy a new smartphone, just hear me out.

In context: New phones sans new innovations

11 Oct 2017Phones should be more than just fads

PhabletWhat's the hiccup?

Let's go with the three major trends - bezel-less display, no headphone jack, and facial recognition.

Even before the bezel-less trend came in vogue, the mobile screens were getting larger. It's a mobile device and one is supposed to hold it in the palms of the hands.

However, the trends always veered towards a phablet, a portmanteau of the words phone and tablet.

How is it practical?

Bezel-lessHow is it practical?

For the average Joe out there using his phone on a crowded bus, a bezel-less design is more of a headache than an appreciation of aesthetics.

Another feature that's getting thrown around these days is a super retina display or something to that effect. Unless you are a stickler for visuals, your eyes wouldn't catch minor visual upgrades.

HeadphonesThis is a lost cause

Let's come to the sore topic - no headphone jack. You can't charge your phone while listening to music.

Moreover, you'll have to buy another pricey accessory in the form of a pair of wireless headphones that the firm wants to sell along with an already overpriced phone.

Most of us use third-party headphones for better sound and they too come with 3.5mm jacks.

Facial recognitionSomething that's not yet tested

Facial recognition in phones is still a rudimentary technology at its best.

Most of us are not going to put the phone right up our nose to get it working simply because it looks ludicrous, costs a tonne of money and the technology isn't time tested yet.

Shelling out money for something that can be easily fooled? That doesn't sound like a good deal.

Planned obsolescenceHere's a thought

Planned obsolescence is a term that is often used in the tech world.

It represents the practice of developing products that aren't built to last longer or making a product obsolete by not letting new software be compatible with it or simply letting a product die without providing any support for it after a certain period of time.

This happens a lot with smartphones.

ChoiceAlways look before you leap

So, every year a new phone comes out and the concerned firm tells you that it's better than its predecessors and other competitor products or they cut down support for a perfectly functioning old model to make you buy their latest products.

Before you upgrade, ask yourself, "Do I need that upgrade?" Because next year it's going to be another phone with another hoopla.