orb3000 · Aug 5, 2010 at 09:00 pm

The Usable Life Time of Our Devices Pt. 1: Editorial

Lets start this story back in 2005, as that was the year I found my first HTC device: the HTC Universal
Try to read these lines as if you were on that date. But if we stop a bit and think about it, this was only five years ago! And seems like an eternity has passed since that time…
What happened between that point and the present time in terms of what we think it´s the usable life cycle of our cell phones?
Cell phones are still very expensive, despite technology and parts used to make them are getting cheaper every day. To make matters worse, we are using technology that was developed a few years ago and not the latest as most manufacturers want us to believe.
But from the user/buyers point of view, do you think now more than before that we want to make our cell phones disposable? We use it for 4-6 months and then we want another “newer” toy. Well, obviously we all love devices and it’s our nature to want to have/test everything we can, but that is not my point. Lets say for example that we don´t have any money and will not have in six years to buy any device, what is our first thought? “Oh this guy went completely nuts!” Perhaps, but here is my point, some “older” devices were constructed better than some actual ones in terms of materials and quality. If so, for how long do you think you can have the same device working properly?
Thanks to xda-developers is that I put this on the table as without this great place none of this should have any importance.
Returning to my first lines, and just to use it as an example, I got my Universal in 2005 and used it for a long time: getting updates, applications, themes, skins, and many, many more customizable stuff to maintain my Universal as current as possible. Of course, there has got to be a limit where hardware limitations became a factor and development for said devices almost completely stopped. That moment (for some sooner for some later) came, and that was time to move on…

To be continued…

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orb3000

orb3000 is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. @orb3000 News Writer & Forum Moderator @xda-developers. Windows Phone/Android enthusiast, like HTC and flashing! 100% cert. free of i-products Xalapa, México
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