orb3000 · Aug 24, 2010 at 09:00 am

The Usable Life Time of Our Devices Pt. 2: Editorial

For those of you who enjoyed reading the first part of my article, here is the second part:

So, moving to a “modern” device is the name of the game and now you have a Leo, Nexus one, EVO, or any other “actual” magnificent device on your hands…
How much time each of us will wait before moving to a “newer”, yet as powerful and nice looking device? And with so many news about Android and Windows Phone 7, the temptation to upgrade will become even worse…
What is the real useful life time of our devices? What is what really move us to migrate to other devices? How many of the multiple functions/apps/games/etc. are being used on a regular basis?

“Nice phone!”
“It´s not a phone, it´s a smart phone! (PPC)”
“I have Android OS on my cell!”
“What is that?”……

Perhaps some of you are new on mobile world and have the privilege to start with a 2009/2010 device…  lucky you! If so, perhaps you won´t see the whole point of this article…
But for those of us who have more time around, lets think for a moment on all of above questions, and perhaps will make us think a bit before we decide whether to go and buy or wait…
We always say, “Hmmm, let´s wait a few months and I´ll buy the newest/better/faster/nicer mobile phone.” However, after you make your purchase, you´ll realize that 4-6 months later your device will be considered old/de modé/outmoded and won´t be able to update to the next super, ultra, fast OS with much better specs than your “old” actual mobile…
And that cycle will never end….So, what is the right time to upgrade and how long time before we jump to the next one?…

Thanks to xda-developers.com, which gets together to more than 2.5million members, Developers, Chefs, working together with Administrators, News Writers and Moderators, is that most of us have squeezed up to the last drop of “power” of our devices, making them as fun as it should be out of the box…
Conclusion? There are so many that the best one will be the one readers want to post on the replies, so please step in and leave your comments

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I extracted this quote from XDA member Gabes Dad

I think for me the main factor to a devices longevity as the primary device in my pocket is directly related to Community support, in this case the specific support for each device here at XDA-developers and secondly the more general community supporting the OS on your device and development of software for it. It has always been my thought that full software utilization of hardware features always lags behind hardware development – for phones likely 2-3 years, for dekstop computers, likely 3-5 years.

It is always difficult motivationally for a manufacturer to develop durable long lasting devices and continually support them as it means that they will be able to sell less devices because theirs never break down. Perhaps technology manufacturer’s need to learn from Auto manufacturers like Honda who develop quality products that generate repeat customers, but does not flood the market with too many options or too much volume. I think this overall problem is endemic to a knowledge based society where it is cheap and easy to recycle / reinvent ideas, unlike hardware. I suppose some of this is also at the price of the rapid development of technology.

Thanks for reading :)


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