The Flagship Smartphone is Dead, Long Live The Flagship Smartphone

Post date: Feb 21, 2016 6:50:25 PM

On this blog I do a fair amount of ranting about high-end smartphones with large screens and lots of computing power. It's not that I dislike high-end phones, after all I have a Samsung Galaxy S6, I just don't like the idea of the smartphone as THE gadget that you use all the time. Computers, tablets, telephones, and smart wearables all serve great functions, all which could be replaced by a high-end smart phone, if the smartphone wasn't such a lousy replacement for those functions.

This article extols the virtues of mobile handset makers offering different handsets, but it limits the discussion to all smartphones, all the time. The purpose of this site is to promote the idea of task-specific telephone lines, numbers, and handsets so that we, as consumers, are not bound to our expensive smartphones. Smartphones break, they get lost or stolen, and their batteries die. If your whole life is contained in that one device, you are effectively cut off from the world. A better approach is to have additional, cheaper devices to offload specific tasks to.

The article goes on to talk about how the unified sameness of smartphones leads to a bevy of choices for consumers:

All of that leads us to the flagship phone’s retirement party. Smartphones have become too unified in their software and too similar in their hardware for there to be just one perfect one. There are no clear flagships left because all phones have grown to be very good — and the things that will determine the best one for each person can be subjective, whimsical, and even fun.

Real choice in the mobile phone market comes when we as consumers embrace the idea that there is more to life than high-end smartphones. Real choice comes to us when we break away from relying on a single device, telephone line, and telephone number for all of our communications. There are so many other ways to keep in touch, and so many ways that don't rely on a carrier-controlled device. Where is the article that talks about that?