Phones should be more than just fads
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.
What'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?
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.
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This 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.
Something 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.
Here'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.
Always 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.