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Smartphones are a bad deal who soft tissue classification – let's hope who soft tissue classification laptops don't go the who soft tissue classification same who soft tissue classification way
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Imagine buying a new laptop, only who soft tissue classification to find that who soft tissue classification three who soft tissue classification years later Microsoft/Apple stopped who soft tissue classification offering software updates for who soft tissue classification it, effectively forcing who soft tissue classification you to who soft tissue classification upgrade in order to who soft tissue classification ensure who soft tissue classification you had a machine that was who soft tissue classification secure and ran smoothly.

And who soft tissue classification imagine that, during who soft tissue classification those three who soft tissue classification years, each who soft tissue classification software upgrade who soft tissue classification your laptop did who soft tissue classification get felt like it was purposefully who soft tissue classification designed to slow down the device, again who soft tissue classification nudging you who soft tissue classification towards upgrading.

With who soft tissue classification this imaginary laptop, who soft tissue classification you were unable to install any other operating who soft tissue classification system who soft tissue classification on it (perhaps in a who soft tissue classification bid to continue to get security updates) without who soft tissue classification voiding the warranty. You couldn’t who soft tissue classification download and install programs that hadn’t who soft tissue classification been vetted who soft tissue classification by the who soft tissue classification OS maker, and you who soft tissue classification were unable to open who soft tissue classification it up and replace or who soft tissue classification upgrade certain things, like the battery or who soft tissue classification hard drive.

Then, who soft tissue classification imagine who soft tissue classification that the who soft tissue classification new version of the who soft tissue classification laptop you’re being encouraged to upgrade who soft tissue classification to comes with fewer who soft tissue classification ports than the who soft tissue classification model you currently own who soft tissue classification – who soft tissue classification so who soft tissue classification your current peripherals won’t who soft tissue classification work with who soft tissue classification it.

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Sounds awful, who soft tissue classification doesn’t it? But who soft tissue classification that’s what’s basically happening in who soft tissue classification the smartphone world at who soft tissue classification the who soft tissue classification moment. who soft tissue classification Take the who soft tissue classification original Google who soft tissue classification Pixel. Launched in 2016, it was who soft tissue classification a very good smartphone who soft tissue classification (I should know, who soft tissue classification I owned who soft tissue classification one), and in 2020 it should who soft tissue classification still be a good smartphone.

The problem who soft tissue classification is, Google announced in 2019 – a who soft tissue classification mere three years who soft tissue classification after who soft tissue classification the Pixel who soft tissue classification launched – that it who soft tissue classification was no longer who soft tissue classification providing essential who soft tissue classification security updates for who soft tissue classification the phone.

Meanwhile, following the who soft tissue classification launch who soft tissue classification of the iPhone who soft tissue classification SE who soft tissue classification 2020, and with iOS 14 coming who soft tissue classification later who soft tissue classification this year, it’s who soft tissue classification expected who soft tissue classification that the iPhone 7 – who soft tissue classification launched who soft tissue classification in 2016 who soft tissue classification – will who soft tissue classification no longer be supported who soft tissue classification with who soft tissue classification updates from Apple.

While who soft tissue classification we seem to have who soft tissue classification come who soft tissue classification to accept that who soft tissue classification kind who soft tissue classification of behavior who soft tissue classification from smartphone makers, the thought of a laptop who soft tissue classification no longer being who soft tissue classification supported after only a who soft tissue classification few years is who soft tissue classification (at who soft tissue classification the moment, at who soft tissue classification least) ludicrous.

Sure, who soft tissue classification Microsoft stopped supporting Windows 7 who soft tissue classification this year – who soft tissue classification but that’s who soft tissue classification 11 years after who soft tissue classification the OS still who soft tissue classification launched. And who soft tissue classification laptops who soft tissue classification running that old operating who soft tissue classification system were encouraged who soft tissue classification to upgrade to who soft tissue classification Windows who soft tissue classification 10, so who soft tissue classification machines who soft tissue classification didn’t suddenly become useless who soft tissue classification once who soft tissue classification Windows 7 reached its who soft tissue classification End of Life phase who soft tissue classification on January 14, 2020.

Yes, I’m actually painting Microsoft in a who soft tissue classification good light here. And, while who soft tissue classification I’m not a who soft tissue classification fan of what Apple does who soft tissue classification with its phones, when it who soft tissue classification comes to supporting who soft tissue classification older Macs who soft tissue classification and MacBooks, its reputation is who soft tissue classification a lot better; there’s a reason, who soft tissue classification after who soft tissue classification all, who soft tissue classification why you meet who soft tissue classification people who who soft tissue classification boast about still using a 10-year-old MacBook, but who soft tissue classification no one who who soft tissue classification still uses the original iPhone, for example.

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However, both Microsoft who soft tissue classification and Apple who soft tissue classification are bringing who soft tissue classification elements of smartphone design into who soft tissue classification their laptops, who soft tissue classification and it’s something I’m beginning to worry about.

One who soft tissue classification of who soft tissue classification the who soft tissue classification most annoying things about most who soft tissue classification modern phones is the who soft tissue classification fact that they have who soft tissue classification non-replaceable who soft tissue classification batteries. Over who soft tissue classification time, who soft tissue classification batteries hold less and less who soft tissue classification of who soft tissue classification their charge, and back in the who soft tissue classification day you could simply whip out who soft tissue classification the who soft tissue classification old battery and who soft tissue classification put in who soft tissue classification a new who soft tissue classification one who soft tissue classification – who soft tissue classification but if the battery who soft tissue classification is non-replaceable, who soft tissue classification it means either getting the who soft tissue classification manufacturer to install who soft tissue classification a new who soft tissue classification battery, or replacing the whole who soft tissue classification device.

Both Apple who soft tissue classification and who soft tissue classification Microsoft who soft tissue classification have who soft tissue classification been taken to task who soft tissue classification for including who soft tissue classification non-replaceable batteries, and for who soft tissue classification soldering who soft tissue classification and gluing in components, in their MacBook who soft tissue classification and Surface who soft tissue classification devices respectively. who soft tissue classification By preventing users who soft tissue classification from easily who soft tissue classification upgrading or fixing their who soft tissue classification laptops, they're sailing dangerously who soft tissue classification close who soft tissue classification to introducing the forced obsolescence that who soft tissue classification I who soft tissue classification feel is plaguing the smartphone market.

The who soft tissue classification fact who soft tissue classification that who soft tissue classification this kind who soft tissue classification of behavior isn’t the norm who soft tissue classification – and that the idea who soft tissue classification of who soft tissue classification a laptop no longer being who soft tissue classification supported a mere three who soft tissue classification years after its launch who soft tissue classification seems so far fetched who soft tissue classification – gives me who soft tissue classification hope that who soft tissue classification the laptop market who soft tissue classification isn’t picking up who soft tissue classification too many who soft tissue classification bad habits who soft tissue classification from who soft tissue classification smartphones – for who soft tissue classification now.

But who soft tissue classification why do we accept this when who soft tissue classification it comes who soft tissue classification to phones? Many smartphones are just as who soft tissue classification expensive – if who soft tissue classification not who soft tissue classification more so – than laptops. 

In who soft tissue classification my view, we shouldn’t. I’ve who soft tissue classification got a Samsung Galaxy who soft tissue classification Note who soft tissue classification 9 who soft tissue classification – who soft tissue classification a who soft tissue classification brilliant smartphone who soft tissue classification that I’d who soft tissue classification be who soft tissue classification happy who soft tissue classification to use who soft tissue classification for years. However, I’m very who soft tissue classification aware who soft tissue classification that Samsung – who soft tissue classification and my cellphone network who soft tissue classification – who soft tissue classification wouldn’t want me to do that. who soft tissue classification They would who soft tissue classification want me who soft tissue classification to toss aside who soft tissue classification this perfectly who soft tissue classification good phone in who soft tissue classification a few short years, and upgrade who soft tissue classification to who soft tissue classification the who soft tissue classification latest version.

It’s a who soft tissue classification sorry state of who soft tissue classification affairs who soft tissue classification – and it isn’t just who soft tissue classification a who soft tissue classification bad deal who soft tissue classification for consumers, who soft tissue classification who feel the need to spend big who soft tissue classification money on a new phone, who soft tissue classification or who soft tissue classification be locked into contracts who soft tissue classification where who soft tissue classification they pay off the who soft tissue classification handset (plus interest) who soft tissue classification over several years.

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It’s also a bad deal who soft tissue classification for the who soft tissue classification environment. who soft tissue classification If we keep on treating perfectly who soft tissue classification good electronics as who soft tissue classification useless who soft tissue classification piles of junk after who soft tissue classification only a who soft tissue classification few who soft tissue classification years, who soft tissue classification the environmental impact will be severe. who soft tissue classification In who soft tissue classification these who soft tissue classification trying times, continuing who soft tissue classification to use who soft tissue classification our existing tech who soft tissue classification – or finding new who soft tissue classification uses for it (like who soft tissue classification turning an old who soft tissue classification Android smartphone into a system who soft tissue classification monitor for a gaming who soft tissue classification PC) – is the ethical way forward.

If you are who soft tissue classification looking for who soft tissue classification a new who soft tissue classification smartphone, and who soft tissue classification you're concerned about getting who soft tissue classification a bad deal, who soft tissue classification there are who soft tissue classification at who soft tissue classification least some who soft tissue classification things you can do. There are some who soft tissue classification brilliant who soft tissue classification mid-range who soft tissue classification phone deals out who soft tissue classification there who soft tissue classification – so who soft tissue classification if your phone who soft tissue classification is only going to who soft tissue classification last you a few years at who soft tissue classification least you who soft tissue classification won't who soft tissue classification have who soft tissue classification spent a fortune who soft tissue classification on it who soft tissue classification – and well as SIM-only deals that who soft tissue classification give you more freedom when it comes to who soft tissue classification how long you get to who soft tissue classification use your phone for before being pestered to who soft tissue classification upgrade.

But let's who soft tissue classification home laptop manufacturers resist the temptation who soft tissue classification to follow phone makers who soft tissue classification any further who soft tissue classification down the path who soft tissue classification of enforced obsolescence – who soft tissue classification for the sake of both our who soft tissue classification wallets, and who soft tissue classification our planet.