The Android smartphone market is one that can be difficult to keep up with. Year after year, companies push out new handsets with subtle or major tweaks compared to its predecessor. Whether it be slimmer bezels, a slightly thinner body, or a new style for a camera bump, many of these changes are often in the design department.
A new design is one of those things we've come to expect for every new phone release, but is it something we actually want or need? YouTuber Juan Bagnell recently posted a video talking about this very topic, arguing that there's something to be said for Apple's decision to keep reusing and recycling the same design for years at a time.
As you might expect, this is something that got a lot of our AC forum members talking. Here's what some of them had to say in response to the video:
Now, we want to hear from you — Do you wish companies would stop re-designing their phones every year?
No, I like change, only apple fans want an identical phone year after year. I'm very frugal now I've gone from upgrading every six months 5 years ago, to every 2 - 3 years. But that doesn't mean I want companies to stick to the same design year after year.
Flat all screen design with no holes or notches and no camera bump on back. For me this would be the perfect design but it would also mean all phones would look identical but that wouldn't bother me as the main thing you interact with is your phone screen. Market fancy cases if you want some flair or colour on your phone with protection, job done!
Yes, incremental changes are all that are necessary. Think 911 Porsche. Create your iconic design and then subtle tweaks and performance improvements.
The constant redesigning makes it near impossible to have the sort of thriving case ecosystem you see with iPhones.
O YES. Nothing of value has been added since Galaxy S5. The whole damn industry is based on planned obsolescence . Give me smaller flat screen replaceable battery. Put all other bells and whistles in a tab the size of a 7 inch Tab 3.
Yes, I would. As others have said it's a business decision, not a customer-focussed one. While I'm at it, I'd also like existing phones to receive updates INDEFINITELY. Part of the reason people are suckered into buying a new phone when their current one does a perfectly good job, is that they stop getting Android updates, or only get them for 2 or 3 years at most. Phones last much longer than that, so why not let people continue getting updates? Finally, I'm not a professional photographer, so having phones capable of taking shots in 32, 64, 128 Mb sizes is not necessary. Again, I'd rather get a cheaper phone with ongoing updates.
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