The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is…Bullshit.
There is a classic story from the early 2000’s where I believe it was an editor of PC Magazine that had made the claim that no one will EVER need more than an 80GB hard drive in their computer. It’s hilarious–at least over the past decade it has been funny since the advent of multi-terabyte drives–to consider that people would never use more than that, when of course they do…sometimes just by installing a couple of games on your hard drive.
Now, the popularity of cloud computing aside–with fewer and fewer things being done locally on your computer or mobile device, and thus needing less hard drive space–I think the above editor’s claim was ridiculous the minute I read it years ago, but at the risk of making a similar ridiculous claim, I’m going to go for it, anyway: We have long already hit the epitome for smartphones.
Really, I think nearly every new smartphone that has come out–at least in the Android space–has been meaningless. If anything, they’ve backpedaled on capability of the smartphone.
This week in August of 2015 was the (very) early release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and another Galaxy phone that has a name so preposterous I’m not going to bother typing it out here at the risk of some Samsung fanboy emailing me with their drivel of a correction (but to the point, the original release for these phones is generally an announcement in September, then release in November, which isn’t the case this time around). The purpose of the early release is likely to get ahead of the new iPhone release in September 2015 (because, as I predicted on Sovryn Tech, I think Apple Pay is going to really take off once an “iPhone 6c”–or, budget iPhone–gets released on the world, and then Samsung and Bitcoin might be fucked for life in the payments realm), but that’s not the point of my post here, so I won’t dwell on that.
The real issue is that who the hell cares? The screen-size is the same as a ton of other phones, which admittedly was an area where the Galaxy Note series used to stand out. The octa-core processor is pretty meaningless since you still can’t multitask in a practical fashion with the Note 5, and that it keeps you from rooting your device (feature lost). The 4GB of RAM or however much is made a mockery of by Apple themselves since iOS devices do so many “beautiful and advanced” things without anywhere near that much RAM, so the need for more RAM is just a ploy, in my opinion, by app developers and Google to get you to buy new phones and want the latest and greatest version of Android. And to say all of that is for gaming? Please. If you want gaming to be taken seriously on Android finally, you need to work on a serious gamepad…yesterday (like the Android TV boxes often have). And all of these higher resolution screens are a scam. Anything above 1080p (and even then) are meaningless at the distance that you can even use, let alone appreciate, what is being displayed on your phone’s screen.
Oh, and perhaps you were interested in the bigger battery? Give me a break. Every new worthless–if not “rights”-encroaching–technology like fingerprint readers or the aforementioned increased screen resolution make any advancements in the battery realm absolutely moot. “Fuck battery life” is the clear message being sent by most Android device developers in 2015.
So what’s the gist here? What are you saying Golden Stallion (SEE: Sovryn Tech)? The point is that you are getting lured into an unnecessary, completely fabricated upgrade cycle. You can read more about that in my previous story, “Tech Companies Are Lying to You About Battery Life“, where I cover these points in a bit more depth. But I think now the fact has been hammered home: There’s no good reason that a phone from last year or even two years ago shouldn’t serve you just as well as it did when you bought it. You’re getting sold a false bill of goods. It’s a scam.
Consider that people are buying this year’s Moto G and are realizing that one of the cheapest phones available, with very mid-range specs, is doing everything they could want their mobile device to do, and more! It’s true. Ask anyone that has reviewed the 2015 Moto G.
Fortunately, all of this speaks well for you if you have an interest in making a Dark Android device. The tablet I recommend most is the 2013 32GB Nexus 7 (without LTE, of course), and the fact that you don’t need the latest and greatest in hardware to do all the things you really want to do with your mobile device is being proven more and more each day.
So get out of this bullshit rat race of upgrading your device every year. Even Apple users have largely gotten wise to this, considering that the iPad 2 (a years old model) is still the most used tablet on the planet. Let these companies like Samsung and the rest either crumble under their own stupidity and weight, or force them to innovate by saying you’re only going to buy a new device from them if they actually deliver the goods, instead of shipping this worthless incremental crap like the Galaxy Note 5 and the other phone-not-to-be-named.
Being an informed, clever, and ethical consumer in our present world is one of the most powerful forms of activism you can do right now. It’s immediately actionable. And coycotting has been one of the most powerful forms of activism in the world for (at least) hundreds of years.
Don’t let these scammers fool you.