I have a Galaxy S4 and it’s broken. It cost as much as a mid-range laptop even though it doesn’t do nearly as much and it’s broken because I dropped it, as one does when you’re holding a small device in your hand much of the time. It’s oblong, it doesn’t fit my hand very well, it’s inconvenient to hold and to use, the screen is too small for all practical purposes, it’s easy to drop and break, but it cost what? About five hundred euros. It has no hard drive, it has a miserable processor and minimal memory. It has a tiny screen and it doesnt even have a fucking radio.
But they still charged me €500 for it and yes, you”re right. I’m a bigger fool for paying that sort of money to buy a phone.
I am an idiot, but I suspect a lot of people are beginning to think the same way. I suspect a lot of people are starting to realise that we have been scammed by Apple and Samsung and all the rest of them into buying a small, inadequate computer and paying the same money for it as a full-sized working computer.
Fuck this shit. I dropped my Galaxy S4 once onto a concrete floor and I’ll have to replace what amounts essentially to the entire phone if I want it fixed, simply because the screen is broken. By contrast, I dropped my laptop and broke the screen a few years back, but after a brief interaction with eBay, a new screen appeared magically from the ether, I whipped out the old one, put in the new one with a bit of cursing, and the thing worked fine again. My laptop was about twenty times the size of my phone, with piles of hardware and technology in it, yet it cost not a whole lot more than the slim little thing I held in my hand.
This to me makes no sense. I know we don’t measure technology by the ounce, but seriously now. Come on. How can a phone cost €500 when a great laptop might cost another €200? That’s just bullshit.
I won’t get my Samsung fixed. Forget it. Instead, I’m going to buy one of these snappy new little Nokia 215s for under €30.
It has everything I need. Internet, phone calls, camera. It even has a radio, unlike my 500-euro Samsung and if I drop it on a concrete floor, as you do, I’ll just go and buy another one for under €30.
Guess what? I have seen the future of phones, and it is the same as past of phones, because people are getting sick and tired of being ripped off.