“Innovation” On Smartphones Is On Pause, But Is That A Bad Thing?
Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen better smartphones than we ever had before. Never before could you pick up just about any smartphone and have something solid, but just as things got to that point, everyone realized something, they’re all kind of the same.
Think about it, what have we really seen in the past 2 years that is truly different? Better cameras? Definitely, but I would say that’s the biggest thing we’ve seen changed in the past couple of years.
We’ve heard of a lot of things that might end up coming down the road, but so far none of it has actually come to a consumer phone. Remember Project Ara? When was the last time you heard about that? Exactly. Sure, we’ve got modular smartphones now in the LG G5, but so far, that isn’t turning out all that well. Between a lack of compelling modules and the bugs and kinks surrounding the logistics of a modular device, it’s clear that LG has hit a bump in the road. They tried something new, and so far, it hasn’t worked out, and that’s what I wanted to talk about.
When announcing the G5, LG made it clear that they felt (or, thought we felt) that smartphones were getting “boring”, but I’d argue more that things aren’t making huge jumps forward. Rather, we’ve finally figured out what we want the smartphone to be.
If you look at the market right now, it’s just about a guarantee that you’ll find a device that fits your needs and price point. From the all around solid smartphone like the Galaxy S7 to the clean and semi-affordable Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Want something smaller, but without losing the power, there’s the iPhone SE. How about something ultra cheap? Easy, you’ve got tons of options such as the Idol 3, Honor 5X, and many more. The list just goes on and on and right here, right now, it’s honestly harder to find a bad phone than it is to find a good one.
Right now, things are where they need to be. Will we see something new down the road? Of course we will. With more and more power in each new device, new ideas, and better designs, we’ll continue to see the smartphone landscape try new things, some to succeed, and some to fail. However right here, right now, we’re in a good place, so let’s not complain about it, let’s just enjoy it while we can.