" tell us what you’re looking for in a phone"
I want a technology buying experience that doesn’t drive me to drink. At this point I’m poking around trying to make sense of all the ins and outs. I try to see through the way companies set up commercial ecosystems for their benefit, not mine. Here is my tribe: https://www.reddit.com/r/BuyItForLife/
I know someone who had a very successful business helping people integrate technology. They didn’t sell anything but their service in helping people make and implement wise decisions, and then get the most out of their purchase. People will pay for help to more easily make robust decisions. That’s why new ways of buying cars are becoming popular.
Modern life is so complex. When I was a boy in the hills in Western New York we had a ‘party line’ shared with neighbors; you said what you had to say and got off the phone. You had choices: you could have a phone, or not. You could have a phone that sat on a desk or hung on the wall, and it was black or beige. You didn’t even own the phone and it was illegal to mess with the wiring inside your own home. A Long Distance (capitalized ! ) call to or from my uncle in California was a big deal.
All the details here take a little time to make a smart decision and as far as I can tell, I haven’t found a website that treats the entirety of the decision making process the way I do. I want something that won’t go obsolete, will last, will be easily compatible with other technology like Android GPS apps, has a battery I can replace myself when necessary ( I did that with my Moto X), has decent daily battery life, strong enough signal, reliable roaming, and other things I’m discovering as I look into it.
I own a TomTom GPS. It runs on Android inside, a flavor of Linux, and would still be in use if I could just load ‘Darn’ Small Linux with some device drivers and an app from the Play Store, but because TomTom wants to sell me a new GPS, they have decided it’s ‘obsolete’. I’m not buying another TomTom. I’m going to download an app on my MotoX (when it’s retired from phone service) like Sygic or Here to give me both SATNAV and a dashcam in one unit.
I have a 1981 Mercedes 240D which is the most comfortable car I’ve ever been in. But the car was built around the heater, and now that’s it’s inoperative, I have to spend at least 40 hours disassembling the entire dashboard to fix it. Even so, the car is so reliable and excellent in other ways that taxi drivers picketed the factory when Mercedes decided to stop production. I LOVE that car. But all cars are somewhat like this one.
All cars could be made so that the entire dashboard with all the gear in it comes out in one piece after undoing the wiring connectors and removing 20 bolts, take maybe 20 minutes. Then you’d have nothing on the firewall but the heater core and the air conditioning evaporator, which would be easy to replace. Every electrical/electronic component is accessible by just turning the dashboard assembly over on the bench, nothing is buried behind anything else.
It would be no more expensive to build cars that way but it would make them much cheaper and easier to repair or replace parts, and that’s not in the interest of the car dealerships. They could make all cars and trucks so that all engines and transmissions are easily interchangeable, as well as all rims.
But they won’t, because companies want to lock you in to their ecosystem. All camera lenses could use the same mount - but they won’t, because Sony wants you to buy Sony lenses, same with Nikon, Canon, etc… Once you have all lenses from Nikon, you aren’t going to switch as easily when Sony comes out with a much better camera.
I have an Amazon Kindle and I’m going to sideload a different launcher so I can use the Google Play Store and get better apps than Amazon has, and disable all the Amazon bloatware.
I own several new $400 suits; I paid about $5 each at the thrift store. I own a $400 leather jacket I got in new condition with tags for $50 off craigslist, I carry a $700 leather briefcase I got for $500 off Craigslist. They’ll fight over it when I’m dead. ( https://www.youtube.com/user/saddlebackLeather ) I drive a 20 year old Toyota because it’s American made, and super reliable, and in the rare case I have to, I can work on it myself. Guy around the corner from me has a brand new $50,000 luxury car, the kind that’s low and beautiful, has real wide tires with narrow sidewalls. We had a storm a few months ago and he got hopelessly stuck in the middle of the street, in 8 inches of snow. I cruised right past him in my $600 Corolla with 4 studded snow tires (that I got new for half price off Craigslist and mounted on the rims myself).
Believe it or not, American farmers are being held hostage by the companies that sell them tractors. Farmers are fighting for something called The Right to Repair. The equipment is very complex technology. Farmers are resourceful and many are capable of doing the repair work but they have to fight for access to the software.
If anyone had a phone with zero bloatware, had encryption that blocked anyone but the intended recipient from understanding my communications and let me use social media completely anonymously, could boot from a removable medium if necessary for troubleshooting and installing new features (the way you can have a PC boot from a Linux thumb drive), had iron clad security features, didn’t track me with GPS and send all my data to the enormous NSA cybersecurity facility in the desert,, and all the other features I already described, I’d buy it.
"In light of the controversy over the NSA’s involvement in the practice of mass surveillance in the United States, and prompted by the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the Utah Data Center was hailed by The Wall Street Journal as a “symbol of the spy agency’s surveillance prowess”.[https://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304441404579119490744478398]
But my decision making process is not that easy in this case because as far as I know, that phone doesn’t exist.
So I have to research the frequencies (after someone like you
tells me that’s what’s important),
and the providers and phones
which use them, and which phones are more reliable and easier to service. All technology is purchased and used in an ecosystem. I’m not going to just
plunk down my money on the first option I see.
I need to learn the ecosystem.
It’s a jungle out there.