Anyone else feel completely disassociated from current consumer tech trends?
There was time I used to buy a new laptop every year, and a new smartphone every 6 months. But now I haven't bought a new laptop in 7 years. Mostly because of chiclet keyboards which is an automatic deal breaker for me. I've also been using some tmobile re-branded android phone I bought for $39.99 after my galaxy s2 broke. With kitkat flashed on its functionality equivalent to the highest end phones being released today.
Seems like the entire industry is focused more on thinness and chic design more so than functionality or quality, but the actual technology hasn't progressed to provide any more real value.
I'm almost in the same boat as you.
I got a dell SUPER DUPER desktop like 6-7 years ago. It started seeming really slow playing my games and I was going to get a new SUPER DUPER DELL. But then I stopped playing games as much.
Then I found /g/, installed Linux, and now I don't think I'll spend more than 200 on a computer ever again.
In the last 10 years I've used three phones. A Nokia 6230, Samsung s1, and my current Samsung s2. The Nokia's ringer speaker stopped working after 8 years. I accidentally bricked the s1.
I think the next phone I get will be one of those $10 phones that you see advertised to old people (With the giant buttons)
Along with that I'll get a cheap small tablet to run all the neat-o apps.
my GS4 broke a year ago and i've literally been using a $10 (well, its was $9.99) phone I bought to make calls before I ordered a new smartphone for over a year. I realized, this thing has email, bluetooth, a web browser (enough to browse 4chan or the news in a bathroom stall). I haven't bought a new smartphone yet, can't justify the cost when this $10 junkphone is functionally equivalent (since I don't play phone games).
I think it's more that all of you are maturing and realizing that having the newest laptop/phone/whatever does not make you happy, as long as it still works and does what you need it to, there's no reason to get a new one.
Tech in the 2000s was fucking shit. I'm happy that thin devices with good screens and long battery lives are becoming more popular instead of the crap we had back then focusing on stupid shit like muh RAM and muh jijajertz.
Not at all. I never even considered installing linux until about 2 months ago. Now I have the meme distro (the OTHER meme distro) installed and working well.
If you have time to play around with it in a VM, I highly suggest it. It runs a fuck ton faster than any Windows I've ever used. I was considering getting a new laptop before I switched.
Basically this. The only solution is to come up with a ground breaking technology that will replace silicon based processors. Only then can we continue to improve performance while decreasing physical size of objects. I think we are at the edge of that moment and it will fucking hit us like a hurricane. Imagine if something like an optical APU were created that would allow the creation of a Galaxy S5 phone to have the capacity to play crysis 3 on max settings and on 1080p - and do all that and use less energy than your typical ARM phone cpu? You have to be patient as these things will most likely happen in your lifetime.
I don't feel disconnected
There just are no trends
It's the same stuff just marginally better each year
I can hold off updates for years and years and I won't get too far behind
I'm just waiting for the 'big change' to come that will propel technology into a new era, instead of just making the same things slightly better
>There was time I used to buy a new laptop every year, and a new smartphone every 6 months. But now I haven't bought a new laptop in 7 years. Mostly because of chiclet keyboards which is an automatic deal breaker for me.
Same here, I'm thinking about buying a T420s (the last thinkpad to have a classic keyboard) and keep it on life support until this chiclet madness ends
laptop 7 years old
phone 5 or 6 year old dumbphone slider
sold my gps, mp3 player, camera, desktop PC
gave away DSLR to my sister
I am still intersted in tech and I work in PC shop so I am well informed but I dont see a point in spending so much on shitty plastic deprecating stuff as long as my old one meets my needs and works properly.
I am not a poorfag either, if my laptop kicks the bucket I will probably buy a high-end one just like I did 7 years ago. If my phone bricks itself I have one more identical with cracked screen I can maybe use for spares. If not I will just buy used Lumia 532 and have everything I sold in this device.
> Seems like the entire industry is focused more on thinness and chic design more so than functionality or quality, but the actual technology hasn't progressed to provide any more real value.
Because all the fucking retarded as shit consumers want shit that emulates ishit products. Buy a fucking business class laptop if you want something worth a fuck, or just go to laptopexperience.com